• Application Deadline
  • 18 months
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.


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 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Only for domestic

  • Credits
    80 alternative credits


  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • 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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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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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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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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