Graduate Certificate in International Development - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

Graduate Certificate in International Development

aerial view of people walking across a world map

The Graduate Certificate in International Development prepares you to work in the international aid sector, and builds foundational knowledge in the key themes and emerging issues in development practice. Graduates are equipped to obtain employment in development with international organisations including the United Nations, UNESCO, the FAO, the World Bank, non-government organisations (NGOs), development and consultancy corporations, and donor agencies.

Study location
  • Sunshine Coast
USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
Semester 1 intake 6 months full time or equivalent part time; Semester 2 intake 12 months part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Other requirements
Standard English language requirements apply.
Total courses
Total units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.
  • Only part-time study available for Semester 2 commencement

The program introduces you to development theories and ideologies, including colonisation and de-colonisation, globalisation, dependency, rural development, food security, poverty alleviation, urbanisation, (transnational) migration, gender and culture, cultural diversity, education for development, economic development and sustainable livelihoods, community development, global justice and human rights, planning issues in developing countries, the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) development agenda process, indigenous peoples, society and environment and the impact of climate change in developing countries.

You will learn key skills and approaches in development practice, including traditional and emerging donors, the role of non-government organisations and managing contractors, research design, project development, participatory methods, project analysis, contract management and monitoring and evaluation.

In addition, this program will allow you to progress on to the Masters of International Development.

In this program you will:

  • Advance your knowledge and understanding of key themes and concepts in International Development
  • Prepare yourself to work confidently and knowledgably in the international sector
Admission Requirements

Completion of a three year bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent.

Career opportunities

Graduates will extend their career pathways in leadership in government and NGO settings and service delivery in the international development sector.

How to apply

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in International Development, submit the completed online application form via Apply USC.

Program structure

Required course (4) 48 units

Select 4 courses (48 units) from:

DEV700 International Development and Aid
DEV701 Development Practice and Evaluation
DEV705 Governance, Engagement & Capacity Building
DEV706 Economic Development & Sustainable Livelihoods
EDU775 Education for International Development
SWK708 Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 48
Program requirements
  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the program structure
Program notes
  • Students entering the program in Semester 2 can study the program part-time only.
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

Submit an enquiry

Questions? Ask us anything about studying this program. Alternatively, contact Student Central with any student-related enquiries.

Success! Thank you Something went wrong! {{responseMessage}}

Or chat now

Apply now

Applications to study at USC in 2022 are open now. Find out how to apply.

Ways to study

Choose to study on campus, online or a combination of both.