Graduate Certificate in International Development - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in International Development

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The Graduate Certificate in International Development prepares you to work in the international aid sector, and builds foundational knowledge in the key themes and emerging issues in development practice. Graduates are equipped to obtain employment in development with international organisations including the United Nations, UNESCO, the FAO, the World Bank, non-government organisations (NGOs), development and consultancy corporations, and donor agencies.

Study location
  • Sunshine Coast
USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
Semester 1 intake 6 months full time or equivalent part time; Semester 2 intake 12 months part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Total courses
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Not available to international students on a Student visa.
  • Only part-time study available for Semester 2 commencement

The program introduces you to development theories and ideologies, including colonisation and de-colonisation, globalisation, dependency, rural development, food security, poverty alleviation, urbanisation, (transnational) migration, gender and culture, cultural diversity, education for development, economic development and sustainable livelihoods, community development, global justice and human rights, planning issues in developing countries, the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) development agenda process, indigenous peoples, society and environment and the impact of climate change in developing countries.

You will learn key skills and approaches in development practice, including traditional and emerging donors, the role of non-government organisations and managing contractors, research design, project development, participatory methods, project analysis, contract management and monitoring and evaluation.

In addition, this program will allow you to progress on to the Masters of International Development.

In this program you will:

  • Advance your knowledge and understanding of key themes and concepts in International Development
  • Prepare yourself to work confidently and knowledgably in the international sector
Admission Requirements

Completion of a three year bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent.

Career opportunities

Graduates will extend their career pathways in leadership in government and NGO settings and service delivery in the international development sector.

How to apply

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in International Development, submit the completed online application form via Apply USC.

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