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Graduate Diploma in Community Development

Murdoch University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 059720C

Level of study: Postgraduate


This course will introduce you to the community development ideas and practices used to create and foster community-led change in settings around Australia and beyond.

This course is designed for community work practitioners and graduates with an interest in moving into emerging fields that embrace the ideas and practices of community development, and want to broaden their knowledge through further postgraduate studies.

3 reasons to study a Graduate Diploma in Community Development at Murdoch

  • Be taught by leading academics who have themselves worked for community organisations and still carry out research on community-based projects including work with local government authorities, Indigenous Australian groups and in the cultural development, arts and film industries.
  • Put theory into practice by undertaking a community development internship in a migrant resource centre, state or local government offices, an international development agency or through an alternative education project or community arts project.
  • Looking to continue on and complete a Masters in as little as 24 months? Units completed in this course also count as credit for our Master of Community Development.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • community development in Indigenous communities
  • building links between community, industry and local government
  • social policy activism and community change
  • sustainable and ecological community development
  • understanding the dynamics of cultural diversity in the workplace and community.

Your career

When you graduate you could work in many industry areas such as community and social services, local government, humanitarian organisations, NGOs, aid work, economic and social planning, sustainable development and Indigenous governance. Careers could include:

  • Community Arts, Development or Service Coordinator
  • Federal or State Government Policy Advisor
  • International Aid Worker
  • Engagement Officer
  • Place and Activation's Officer.

Click here for more details on this course.

Key Information

Tuition Fees (AUD$): 28,800 Per Year
Start date: Expected August 2023
Study mode: Full time
Duration: 1 year

Murdoch University

Perth Campus
90 South Street Perth Western Australia 6150

Entry criteria

Recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent training, though not necessarily in an area directly related to the course, or satisfactory preparation through previous study or professional experience.

English Language requirements: IELTS overall 6.0 with no band below 6.0; CAE - 169 overall with no band below 169; PTE - 50 with no band below 50; TOEFL IBT - 73 with no band less than 18; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based (TOEFL - Paper Based) - 534 (Test of Written English not less than 4.5); OET - OET with a minimum of C (250-290) in each of the four components.

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Murdoch University
Perth Campus
90 South Street Perth Western Australia 6150