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Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

Make a real difference with a future in community development. The Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) course from Murdoch University will equip you with the skills, knowledge and support to help you turn your passion into a career.

With a teaching staff of professionals renowned for their experience, this course ensures that you'll be learning from the best in the industry. You'll have the opportunity to be mentored and supported by industry leaders and changemakers, who are leading the charge against social inequality in Western Australia.

You'll develop knowledge of the social and institutional frameworks affecting communities, ensuring you have a deep understanding of the context you'll be working in after you graduate, with a particular focus on contemporary issues in community development.

You'll study social, gender and racial inequality, unemployment, health and welfare, social deviance and law - giving you a broad base to explore your passion for the world we live in and how you'd like to improve it.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Achieved a multiple choice score of 135 or above in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed approved university preparation (foundation) studies; OR
  • Completed at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; OR
  • Completed 2 units at an Australian university or through Open Universities Australia

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

Areas of study

In this community development course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Academic learning skills
  • Ideas and identity
  • Introduction to community development
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Introduction to sustainable development
  • Research skills
  • Psychology: Measurement, design and analysis
  • Developing research skills and methods
  • Stories of doing community work
  • Creative ways to work with community
  • Indigenous Australia and the nation
  • Overseas aid and international development
  • Research skills
  • Advanced quantitative research methods
  • Advanced research in the arts
  • Sustainable urban communities
  • Preparing for professional community practice
  • Social policy and community action

Plus your choice of general elective units.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) from Murdoch University.

You can choose to seek employment in a wide range of areas after you graduate, ranging from hands-on work on the ground to consulting, research and strategic planning. Areas you could work in include the following:

  • Youth work
  • Homelessness
  • Minority groups
  • At-risk families
  • Government work

Curious about where a career in community services could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Community Developer
  • Community Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Community Centre Manager

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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