Graduate Certificate in  Community Development

Program code: 5232

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Prepare yourself for employment in local or international settings as you develop the processes, skills and techniques to build sustainable communities across a number of sectors.

  • This one-year, part-time program will suit those who have completed an approved degree in any discipline, or those with post-secondary study wishing to apply community development practices across other professional fields.
  • Benefit from a program that complements many other disciplinary backgrounds. You will learn skills and techniques that can be applied to such areas as social work, social science, planning, rural development and more.
  • Learn to critically evaluate community issues. You will undertake advanced coursework that will show you how to build the capacities of people and institutions, and mobilise and manage resources with the aim of social justice and sustainability.
  • Graduate with a standalone qualification, or use the Graduate Certificate as a pathway to further study. Because the courses for this program are taken from the Master of Development Practice, you may be eligible to receive credit for your previous study.

As a graduate of the Graduate Certificate in Community Development, you'll be ready to work in local and international settings to deliver personal and social change.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Global perspective

    Our development programs have welcomed people from Asia, the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific – who each bring a unique perspective to the classroom. Studying with an international and diverse group of students will broaden your horizons, both personally and professionally.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    Our staff are leading researchers in their fields and maintain strong links across the development sector by engaging in a range of professional consultancies.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Community Development typically work across all levels of the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

They work in government departments (Health, Communities, Child Safety, Disability, Social Services, Ageing, Aged Care, Multicultural Services, Aboriginal Affairs, and more); in private enterprise (the mining industry, financial services, and urban development); and in not-for-profit organisations, both in Australia and internationally.

Our students gain employment in a range of fields including:

  • community arts, planning, or health projects
  • housing and homelessness
  • international development
  • family support
  • organisations for migrants and refugees
  • social entrprises
  • women's issues
  • youth work

Many of our graduates also use the graduate certificate as a stepping-stone to the Master of Development Practice program. 

Summary

  • Program code
    5232
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    8
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Approved degree or equivalent in any discipline; or

Have completed post-secondary study and have at least two years full-time equivalent relevant work experience approved by the executive dean.

Learn more about the admissions process

Additional information

Approved degree or equivalent in any discipline; or

Have completed post-secondary study and have at least two years full-time equivalent relevant work experience approved by the executive dean.

Relevant work experience may include planning, management and implementation of international or community development initiatives, including work for international aid agencies, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, social movements, and the international business community. The work may include research, outreach capacities and service delivery and the portfolio should demonstrate basic computer literacy, research and writing skills, and the ability to work collaboratively.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Community Development are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Community Development. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Community Development have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Community Development pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,670
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Community Development for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Community Development can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Community Development is 5232. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Approved degree or equivalent in any discipline; or

Have completed post-secondary study and have at least two years full-time equivalent relevant work experience approved by the executive dean.

Relevant work experience may include planning, management and implementation of international or community development initiatives, including work for international aid agencies, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, social movements, and the international business community. The work may include research, outreach capacities and service delivery and the portfolio should demonstrate basic computer literacy, research and writing skills, and the ability to work collaboratively.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Community Development is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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