GD066 - Graduate Diploma in International Development

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Plan: GD066DE - Graduate Diploma in International Development
Campus: City Campus


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: 1 year full-time-2 semesters
Location: Distance Education
Owning school: Global Studies, Social Science and Planning (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040103
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Purpose of the Program

The Graduate Diploma in International Development is designed to provide you with a unique insight into the dynamics of change around the world, especially in the developing world and struggling communities. It provides an opportunity to explore the social, cultural, political and economic cleavages in modern societies. International Development, at RMIT, is one of the largest development studies program offering courses at post grad level in on-line and on-campus delivery modes. Industry feedback and work integrated learning is facilitated through various workshops nested within classroom teaching and on-line activities.

The program provides you with the opportunity to critically engage with current theories, practices and debates in the development field and facilitates the practice of these theoretical skills through practical engagements with the industry through internships with local or international based development agencies; field projects and hands on learning experience in the class room.

The program is designed to provide you with the professional skills to work in the development sector after graduating. You will have opportunities to further develop skills needed to understand the diversity in cultures, socio-political settings and approaches to development planning and policy.

The program offers you scope to specialise in international project management, health, community development, human trafficking, development finance and gender issues.

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Articulation and pathways

The Graduate Diploma in International Development is available as an exit award of the Master of Master of International Development (MC211).

Students who wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8).


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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 -

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 -


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    External accreditation and industry links

    In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in International Development. However, the program connects to development agencies and aid organizations by bringing industry practitioners into the classroom, engaging with the development sector to facilitate field learning opportunities and research collaboration. 

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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

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