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Master of Social Change and Development

18 months
32560 AUD/year
21835 AUD/year
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This Social Change and Development program from University of Newcastle prepares students for a broad range of careers both locally and internationally that contribute to social change. You will learn how to successfully undertake projects in close collaboration with community members, and graduate equipped with the skills to influence positive outcomes. 


With our hands-on learning opportunities, you don’t have to wait until you finish the program to make an impact.

Graduates of the Social Change and Development program from University of Newcastle can work in key areas including Indigenous affairs, organisational leadership and capacity building, roles within government agencies, non-government organisations and private firms, trade and development, and sustainable agriculture and food security for rural development - in Australia as well as developing countries.

Career opportunities

There is a continuously growing need for qualified professionals to undertake roles in the community development and policy analysis of funded development projects and aid organisations. At the completion of your Masters in Social Change and Development you will have the fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge to take on these roles within government agencies, non-government organisations and private firms.

This program will open up new opportunities and see you possess the potential to embark on some of the following career pathways:

  • policy analyst
  • community and social developer
  • advocacy and public policy coordinators
  • overseas aid officer
  • ministry of finance in a developing country

You will graduate with the ability to apply your social change and development expertise in real-world settings and position yourself at the forefront of the industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Project Design and Evaluation
  • Development and Social Change
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Social Change and Development Research Project
  • Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management
  • Issues in Developing Economies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International: It is recommended you submit your application a minimum of 12 weeks before your intended semester or trimester start date.


120 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 088342F

The Master of Social Change and Development is an 80 or 120 unit postgraduate qualification.

For admission into the 80-unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or
  • Bachelor Honours Degree; or
  • Bachelor Degree in a related field plus one year’s relevant work experience; or
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus five years' relevant work experience. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32560 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32560 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    21835 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21835 AUD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Newcastle

1333 - 2400 AUD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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