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Graduate Certificate in Community Development

Overview

Play a vital community role focused on social justice and sustainability in this dynamic and growing field of practice

Learn to critically evaluate and assess community issues; build the capacities of people and institutions; and mobilise and manage resources with the aim of social justice and sustainability. 

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. 

This program offers a unique combination of theory and practice - linking conceptual frameworks and analytical skills to vocational application. Community development enjoys a breadth and depth of topics - from natural resource management through to peace and conflict work. It is a field of study that can be applied in any community context drawing upon multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. 

Our graduates have the skills and knowledge for both domestic and international employment across a wide range of industries. They work within all level of government and across many departments (including Communities, Child Safety, Disability, Health, Housing, Social Services, Ageing, Aged Care, Multicultural Services, Indigenous Affairs, and more). Play a vital role in volunteer and not-for-profit organisations, both in Australia and internationally. Graduate with a standalone qualification, or use the Graduate Certificate as a pathway to further study in the Master of Development Practice.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year part time
(only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5232
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study with a multicultural cohort giving you a global perspective.
  • Learn from leading researchers in their fields and maintain strong links across the development sector by engaging in a range of professional consultancies locally and globally.
  • Immerse yourself in a a suite of courses that integrate theory and practice in local and international settings and focus on personal and social change.

1 in Australia for social sciences and humanities

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Participatory Development Practice
  • Community Development: Local and International Practices
  • Transformative Economics
  • Communication and Social Movements

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Social and government researcher
  • Social and welfare services planner
  • Social inclusion officer
  • Community development officer
  • Community development manager
  • Community and sustainability manager
  • Not-for-profit manager

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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.

Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia, you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

Contact us for more information

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Community Development for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $11,200

Indicative annual fee 2020

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Community Development for one semester in 2021. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Community Development is 5232

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

Contact us with any questions 

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Important dates

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit