• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
Throughout this International Development course at University of Canberra you will explore the theory and practice of development on a global level, while considering an ethical approach that reflects social, cultural and environmental factors.


You will cover important topics like the issues of gender, poverty and empowerment, and the history and politics of developmental theory, and will learn how to design and evaluate an international project.

Your future career could be working in the public development sector, for multinational organisations, or as a project manager or consultant for non-government organisations like the Australian Red Cross or World Vision.

Study a Graduate Certificate in International Development at University of Canberra and you will:

  • develop the skills to critically engage with contemporary theories and practices in development studies
  • understand changes in development theory and trends in practice as they apply to local and global development processes
  • gain the skills to reflect on your own practice and articulate an ethical approach to international development that considers cultural, social and environmental elements.

Career opportunities

  • International consultant
  • Program director
  • International aid worker
  • Campaign director
  • International project manager
  • Head of fundraising
  • International development worker
  • Community development educator
  • Gender adviser
  • M&E (monitoring and evaluation) manager

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Rural Development and Agro-forestry 
  • Conflicts, Humanitarian Intervention and Reconstruction
  • Gender and Development 
  • History and Politics of the Theories of Development
  • Micro-credit and Risk Management in Development
  • Monitoring and Evaluating International Development Project 
  • Planning and Designing International Development Projects 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    12 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Postgraduate: applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University.
  • certified copies of relevant academic transcripts and award certificates from completed or incomplete study
  • evidence of English proficiency
  • evidence of work experience in the form of a current resume and statements of employment which should be an official document from your employer outlining your job title, responsibilities and duration of employment
  • subject or unit outlines from your previous study if you are seeking credit into your UC course
  • CRICOS Code: 087835D

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20500 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20500 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
  • National

    19500 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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