Master of International Community Development

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  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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Course essentials

Take the leading role in community development and get involved in social and economic change, human rights, and sustainable development at a global or local level.

This unique, practical and popular postgraduate program offers you a personalised education, including workplace training that will ensure you gain the practical skills and intellectual know-how to be a more capable and skilled professional in real-world settings.

Key study areas include:

  • community development theories and practices
  • international project design, planning and management
  • social research and evaluation
  • understanding globalisation and its impacts on communities
  • leadership in community development
  • governance of international organisations.

We're one of the few universities in Australia that offers regional and contextual studies (e.g. Latin America, Africa and Asia) in community development.

This master degree is the final stage of a nested suite of three courses that make up the Master of International Community Development.

The first stage is a Graduate Certificate in International Community Development and the second stage is Graduate Diploma in International Community Development.

Completion of one stage gives you credit towards the next. You can choose to exit the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level.


Graduates of this course can work in a diverse range of fields including international humanitarian and development aid.

This course could lead to a career as an:

  • international consultant (in areas of human rights, gender, poverty reduction and project evaluation)
  • international project manager (eg. Australian Red Cross and World Vision)
  • government employee (eg. local and federal government)
  • community development educator
  • international project manager
  • journalist
  • researcher.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

Graduates of this course will be able to:

  1. Critique global and regional institutions, structures, challenges and trends and their impacts on development in the developing world as well as industrialised regions;
  2. Conceptually map different schools of thought on globalisation and development and their impacts on communities;
  3. Deconstruct the role of civil society and grassroots social movements in relation to international community development;
  4. Use critical analytical skills as well as effectively communicate in writing or other mean to interrogate, interpret and debate key theories and academic concepts;
  5. Creatively employ advanced skills in research as well as project analysis, design and management in the international community development contexts, and network effectively with industry partners and stakeholders;
  6. Devise and execute a substantial research based project or evidence-based capstone experience or piece of scholarship which shows evidence of independent thought, high level of accountability and personal autonomy, and broad research capabilities, and exhibits an ability to communicate to professional and non-professional audiences in the field of community-oriented work;
  7. Resolve complex or emerging problems in professional practice and in contemporary international community development settings by applying knowledge and skills in a real world context.

Course structure

The Master of International Community Development (AMCD) is a 192 credit points, two year full-time award which may be studied in part-time mode.

The course has three main components:

1. A semester to equip students with essential community development knowledge, practical skills and applications. This is particularly for students from a non-cognate background;

2. Six foundation or core units;

3. Six elective units chosen from three specialisations.

4. A research component consisting of either (a) community-based research or (b) research thesis.

Year 1, Semester 1

Plus one elective unit:

Year 1, Semester 2

Plus two elective units

Year 2, Semester 1

Students have the option of completing a Community-based Research or a Research Thesis.

OPTION 1 - Community-based Research (Part 1)

Plus one elective unit


OPTION 2 - Research Thesis (Part 1)

Plus one elective unit

Year 2, Semester 2

Students have to complete the Part 2 of their previously enrolled Community-based Research or a Research Thesis.

plus two elective units


plus two elective units

Elective Units

Recommended Electives

Please note that only a selection of these electives will be offered each semester

Electives focusing on regional and contextual issues

Electives focusing on specific area of studies and skill sets

Elective that focusing on

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Mature: Applicants with Bachelor degree and above (AQF Level 7 awards) of any disciplines.
  • Other: Applicants with a Bachelor degree and above (AQF Level 7 awards) of any discipline.

    Applicants with Bachelor degree in community development or social work can apply for Advanced Standing for up to 4 units (48 credit points).

How to apply for this course

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Direct applications due 30 November 2016.

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