Postgraduate Certificate On Campus Online

Postgraduate Certificate of Social Change and Development

6 months
14565 AUD/year
10005 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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If you are looking to pursue a career in not-for-profit or government aid contributing to social change and development and have the desire and passion to work in the professional service of others, then the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development from University of Newcastle will provide you with the foundational knowledge to begin that journey.


This Social Change and Development from University of Newcastle will introduce you to key areas of social change delivered through a balance of theoretical and practical coursework. You will graduate with a high-level understanding of the implications of wider social and political changes at a global level, which affect local conditions and capacities. You will be prepared to meet the challenges of development work in a rapidly changing global environment.

Career opportunities

As Australia engages more and more with developing countries, there is a 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 Graduate Certificate 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.

Once armed with these skills you can embark on some of the following career pathways:
  • administrator
  • field officer
  • researcher
  • development planner
  • educator or manager

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 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.


40 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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

Student insurance

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  • 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: 084166E

The Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development is a 40-unit postgraduate qualification, with entry available for applicants who have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • Bachelor Honours Degree; or
  • Bachelor Degree; or
  • Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a related field plus two years’ relevant work experience;
  • At least five years’ relevant work experience.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development will be eligible for 40 units of credit towards the Master of Social Change and Development award.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14565 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14565 AUD per year during 6 months.
  • National

    10005 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10005 AUD per year during 6 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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