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Graduate Diploma in International Development - 337JA

Course Code: 337JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Arts and Communications
UAC Code: 880524
CRICOS Code: 087836C
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


The Graduate Diploma in International Development is an interdisciplinary course that examines the theory and practice of development in a global context. Students study a range of units structured around development practice and cross-cultural practices in dealing with issues of poverty, empowerment, agency, and other key issues in socio-economic and political development. It provides a foundation of the skills needed to plan, design, manage, monitor and evaluate development activities in a global context.

The Graduate Diploma in International Development will provide a solid understanding of the principal ways in which theories of development critically engage with development politics and practices. International Development graduates are employable in the public development sector and also in non-governmental and multinational development organizations in Australia and abroad.

The Graduate Diploma can be expanded into a Masters of International Development.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Postgraduate: applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University.

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Diploma in International Development GradDip IntlDev

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in International Development

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Skills to critically engage with contemporary theories as well as practices in Development Studies UC Graduates are professional
- Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
- Communicate effectively
- Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve real-world problems;
Understanding of changes in development theory and trends in practice as they apply to local and global development processes UC Graduates are global citizens
- Think globally about issues in the development profession
- Understand issues in the profession from the perspective of other cultures
- Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
Skills to reflect on their own practice of, and to articulate an ethical approach to, international development that considers social, cultural and environmental factors UC Graduates are lifelong learners
- Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
- Be self-aware
- Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas

Course Duration

One year full-time or equivalent.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Alternative exit award Graduate Certificate in International Development: Students may exit early from the Graduate Diploma if they have passed 12 credit points from the following units: 8762 Rural Development and Agro-forestry PG 8763 Conflicts, Humanitarian Intervention and Reconstruction G 8766 Gender and Development G 8767 History and Politics of the Theories of Development G 8768 Micro-credit and Risk Management in Development PG 8769 Monitoring and Evaluating International Development Project PG 8770 Planning and Designing International Development Projects PG 8771 Poverty, HIV/AIDS and Development PG


  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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