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Graduate Diploma in Community Development

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

Expand your horizons and foster a love for lifelong learning with this Graduate Diploma in Community Development course.

Exploring how communities develop, this course fosters knowledge and skills in community planning, research methods and program evaluation, providing you with a well-rounded skill set in social research and community participatory methods.

This course is available for on campus study with Murdoch University, providing you with access to expert teachers, learning facilities and student support services.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Graduate Diploma in Community Development, you could still be eligible to receive a postgraduate qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with a graduate certificate or graduate diploma.


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

  • Completed a recognised bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent training, though not necessarily in an area directly related to the course; OR
  • Previous study or professional experience to a sufficient level

All students must satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Areas of study

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

  • Community development theory and practice
  • Mining, communities and sustainability
  • Resilient regions: people and practice
  • Dynamics of cultural diversity in the workplace and the community
  • Community development internship
  • Culture, communities and sustainability in Asia
  • Gender in Asian societies
  • Sustainability, ecology and communities

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 Graduate Diploma in Community Development from Murdoch University.

This course offers a wide range of employment opportunities in a variety of different settings, including community groups, private organisations, research organisations, government bodies or consultancy practices.

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

  • Community Worker
  • Indigenous Community Liaison Officer
  • Community Centre Assistant

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-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 FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-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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