Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action

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  • Qualification:
    Graduate Certificate
  • Study mode:
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    1 year part-time
  • Start date:
    3 intake dates each year - enquire today!
  • Awarded by:
    Deakin University
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Policy and Project Officer | International Development Professional | Program Coordinator | Humanitarian Aid Worker | Program Leader | View All

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Course Rundown

Take the first step in a rewarding and exciting new career in development with this part-time, online Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action course from Deakin University.

Designed for students seeking to work to meet our biggest development challenges head-on, this industry-relevant course – developed in association with Save the Children – will equip you with the skills, knowledge, qualities and experience required to succeed in the challenging and dynamic area of international development and humanitarian action.

In this course, you’ll build advanced knowledge in key areas of development – including food security, disaster risk reduction, gender and economics – and distinguish development from humanitarian intervention. You’ll have opportunities to reflect and interrogate, and will develop advanced skills in analysis.

Delivered part-time and online, this course offers a flexible and low-intensity introduction to this exciting field – helping you to get qualified and start your new career without interfering with your life.

With this qualification, you’ll take your very first step on an exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding pathway to working professionally in international development – enhancing your career and advancing human outcomes for all.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline; OR
  • Have at least two years (or part-time equivalent) of relevant work experience.

English language proficiently requirements also apply.

In this humanities course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Introduction to international and community development
  • The humanitarian world
  • Humanitarian settlement
  • Sustainability and development


Established in 1974 as Australia’s first regional university in Victoria, Deakin University has consistently raised the bar in delivering quality tertiary education with a focus on excellent teaching and research.

The multi-award winning education provider teaches over 53,000 students a year, offering renowned courses that integrate real-world expertise and practical skills. Get recognised with Deakin in a range of industries, including nutrition, sports management, property management, law, business and more. Plus, they’ve have ranked in the top 2% by the acclaimed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

As a student of Deakin, you’ll get support every step of the way along your learning journey!

They’ve got a range of on-campus facilities and online features to help ease the pressure of study, including on-campus childcare services, a medical centre with qualified nurses and doctors, free and confidential counselling (face-to-face or via phone) and more.

Deakin also offer advisers and resources to help develop your academic skills. Advisers are available on campus and online to help guide you in your research, assignment and study practices.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action from Deakin University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek employment in a broad range of development coordination and operations roles, both within Australia and overseas. Upon successful completion of this qualification, you may choose to seek work as a project coordinator, team leader, policy officer or in a research role in the international development and humanitarian action sector.

This qualification also provides a pathway to the industry-regarded Master of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action from Deakin University, for you to further enhance your career prospects.

Curious about where a career in arts and humanities could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

The estimated full cost for this course is $6,000.

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover all or part of your fees. Deakin University also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Enquire now to find a payment option that works for you!

FEE-HELPYou 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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