Master of International and Community Development

Deakin University

Get the expertise to respond to challenges of poverty, disempowerment and wider development aspirations in creative, effective and culturally-sensitive ways. Good development promotes justice, reduces poverty and builds environments for people to lead sustainable, productive and fulfilling lives. Development programs and project work for poverty reduction and social cohesion are major areas of professional employment. Student can focus their studies on countries undergoing the development process or on communities within Australia. Deakin's Master of International and Community Development provides them with analytical skills to understand the contexts of development programs as well as practical skills. These skills help formulate, resource, implement, and evaluate international and community development projects. As part of this course, they'll be required to undertake research in a relevant area. They will also develop a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to allow them to undertake projects that benefit the communities in which they work

Course Fee:

Australian: $21,600
International: $30,000

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline or Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience or Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline or, Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent


8 credit points of study comprising a combination of core, elective and research units

Subjects you can Study:

Anthropology of poverty and development; Arts and sports-based approaches to community development; Community development; Food security; Corporate approaches to development, social enterprise and microfinance; Cross cultural communication and practice; International development studies; Internship; Gender and development; Humanitarian settlement; Non-government organisations and other development actors; Policy and advocacy in development contexts; Poverty, health and illness; Sustainability and development; Qualitative research; Quantitative research

Study Pathways:

Credit for prior learning will be granted in accordance with university policy

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Waurn Ponds No info Yes Online 1 year

Why study with us

Deakin is the number one university in Victoria for graduate satisfaction and among the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

With industry connections, world-class facilities and a practical approach to learning, Deakin students gain more than just a qualification – they graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

Facilities and services

Deakin has a reputation for cutting-edge technology, innovative facilities and flexible learning environments. There are five campuses – Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool and the Cloud Campus – offering students the flexibility to study in a location that suits them.

All students, regardless of their campus or mode of study, benefit from a range of valuable services including accommodation, financial assistance, health and wellbeing, and study and learning support. 

Admission and selection

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Study options

As a Deakin student, you can choose from full-time, part-time or intensive study options across Deakin’s bachelor, postgraduate and research degrees. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad, explore cross-international study, gain an internship, or work in simulated environments to tailor your learning experience and get a head start in your dream career.

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