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Graduate Certificate in  Development Practice

Program code: 5344

Delivery location

St Lucia


Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


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

The Graduate Certificate in Development Practice will provide you with a foundation in the complexity of development so you can gain the skills to effectively plan and manage development solutions.

  • This six-month, full-time program is designed for those with an approved degree in any discipline, or post-secondary study and / or relevant work experience. See 'Program details' for more information on entry requirements.
  • Focus on key topics in the world today through studying courses that bring together aspects of community level development, urban and social planning, and political analysis at local, national and global levels.
  • Focus on introductory courses or take a combination or introductory and specialised courses. You will to deepen your knowledge of key subjects as you study contemporary development challenges and how to work toward solutions.
  • Graduate with a stand alone qualification, or you may be eligible for credit towards the higher-level Master of Development Practice, which has a more comprehensive study plan, and offers greater professional opportunities.

Develop your understanding of the political, social and planning challenges facing development, or set yourself up for further study in Development Practice.

  • Students

    Multicultural learning environment

    You will study alongside students from all corners of the globe, each contributing rich and diverse experiences. Studying with an international and diverse group of students will broaden your horizons, both personally and professionally.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from leading researchers

    Our Development Practice courses are taught by more than 20 staff across four different schools within UQ. They 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 this program typically work across all levels of the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Past Development graduates have worked in:

  • international development
  • foreign policy
  • multilateral development agencies
  • international financial institutions
  • the United Nations Development Programme
  • consultancy.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers – whatever field they work in – or use the graduate certificate as a stepping-stone to the Master of Development Practice program. 


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


Approved degree in any discipline; or

Post-secondary study and relevant work experience.

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum amount of relevant work experience is 2 years full-time equivalent (either paid or voluntary), with documented evidence (such as references).

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Development Practice 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 Development Practice. 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.

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


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Development Practice 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 $10,920
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Development Practice 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.


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

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

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Development Practice is 5344. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

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 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 Development Practice 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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