GD066 - Graduate Diploma in International Development

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Plan: GD066 - Graduate Diploma in International Development
Campus: City Campus

Overview

Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in International Development
Award abbreviation: GradDipIntlDev
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: Equivalent to 1 year FT or 2 years PT, (check Articulation & Pathways section for more detail)
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 090399
CRICOS code: 049400B

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Purpose of the Program

The Graduate Diploma in International Development is designed to provide you with advanced theoretical knowledge and professional capabilities for effective practice in the international development field. You will gain practical insights into the nature of international development work and discover how theory and ideology shape international development as a field of professional practice and scholarship.

You will have the knowledge and skills needed to analyse and engage with the complexities that emerge from the intersection of diversity in cultures and socio-political settings and apply approaches to development planning and policy. You will be able to interpret issues, collaborate with others and contribute informed insights into future directions of development policy in a variety of levels in public and private spheres. Through a combination of core and elective courses you will examine the uneven distribution of human wellbeing, social opportunity and economic wealth across the globe. You may select up to two electives in development practice, giving you specialist skills and knowledge in areas including humanitarian assistance, gender, peace-building, sustainability, justice, human rights, communication, management and languages. 

The program provides the knowledge base for you to engage in further learning and life-long learning skills to enable you to confidently contribute to an industry that is fraught with complexity and dilemma.

You are able to complete the program fully face to face, online or a blend of both modes.

On completion of the program you will be able to work in professional roles in local community based organisations, international non-governmental organisations, networks, government agencies and multi-lateral bodies, like the United Nations. You will have unique insights into the dynamics of change around the world, especially in the developing world and in struggling or marginalised communities in the developed world.

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Articulation and pathways

The Graduate Diploma in International Development is available as an exit award of the Master of International Development (MC211). If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8).

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in International Development you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related Masters programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

The Graduate Diploma in International Development is available as an exit award only. Applicants must apply for entry to the Master of International Development (MC211) (see entrance requirements below).

Program entry requirements

An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience may also be considered. For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page - http://www.rmit.edu.au/international/english-equivalent

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page - http://www.rmit.edu.au/international/country-conversion


 

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit studies in International Development.

The program has strong industry links which take on a variety of forms. It connects with a range of development agencies and aid organizations including AusAid, Care Australia, OxFam, Red Cross and World Vision.

It brings industry practitioners into the classroom, as well as engaging with the development sector to facilitate field learning opportunities and research collaboration.

The program regularly consults with a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that the program's links with industry standards and practice remain current.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT
www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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