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Social Change and Development

18 months
28340 AUD/year
18130 AUD/year
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If you are looking to enhance your career potential in not-for-profit or government aid and have an educational or professional background in the professional service of others, then the Master of Social Change and Development from University of Newcastle is the program for you.

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This Master of Social Change and Development from University of Newcastle explores all aspects of social change in the global environment at an in depth level. 

The University of Newcastle’s master program will enable you to take on high-level roles within funded development projects, aid organisations and government departments. It also opens up opportunities to take you outside of Australia to work in developing countries, which are supported through government departments.


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:

  • Development and Social Change 
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Social Change and Development Research Project
  • Project Design and Evaluation 

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


80 alternative credits



On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
61 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 088342F

  • Discipline areas include: sociology, geography, anthropology and development studies, agriculture, environmental studies, education, municipal community or social work/welfare, Indigenous Studies and economics.
  • Bachelor degree in a discipline area with 2 years relevant work experience (80 units) OR
  • Bachelor degree in a discipline area with no relevant work experience (120 units) OR
  • Bachelor degree in a non-discipline area (120 units) OR
  • Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline area (80 units) OR
  • Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant discipline area (80 units)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28340 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28340 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    18130 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18130 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.


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