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Overview

Understand the challenges of sustainable human development on a local, national and global scale. This program provides theoretical foundations and opportunities for practice-based understanding of development policy, programs and outcomes. You can intern at local or overseas organisations, undertake a field school, and complete a research-based supervised dissertation.

Why study with us?

Address issues in development policy and debate with experts in anthropology, international relations, political economy, human rights, peace and conflict studies, linguistics, public health, human geography, economics and sociology.

Benefit from workshops, seminars and conferences in a research-driven environment, and from our strong commitment to building industry relationships in a global city.

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Development Studies requires the satisfactory completion of:

  • 24 credit points of core units of study; and
  • 6 credit points from core elective units of study; and
  • 18 credit points from elective units of study.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Development Studies requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification.
  • completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate in Development Studies with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification

You can progress from the Graduate Certificate to a Graduate Diploma or Masters, or from a Graduate Diploma to Masters in the same subject area, after successful completion of the shorter course.

Course opportunities

You can intern at local or overseas organisations, undertake a field school, and complete a research-based supervised dissertation.

Career Pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Development Studies equips you for a career as an administrator, planner, educator or manager. Work within non-government organisations such as the Australian Council for International Development, Coffey International Development, Devex, GRM International, Oxfam, the United Nations, the World Bank and World Wildlife Fund.

Domestic students

International students

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