Graduate Diploma in International Development

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 067404D

Level of study: Postgraduate


Live your values. Transform lives.

Inequality is growing.* As the world's richest people strengthen their hold on power and resources, more than 700 million people around the world have been left far behind in extreme poverty.** And with growing global uncertainty, this figure is rising. To combat this alarming trend, we desperately need highly trained professionals who have the skills to build a more just world.

If you're looking to quickly build your expertise in international development and make real change, La Trobe's Graduate Diploma in International Development is the perfect way to advance your knowledge in just one year.

Learn the latest best practice and become a confident practitioner in the humanitarian and development sector.

Gain essential skills from industry experts who will share their experiences and knowledge. You'll explore global issues such as poverty, justice and social change, while learning how to create sustainable, positive change in areas where we need it most.

After successfully completing the Graduate Diploma in International Development, you'll be eligible for one year of advanced standing – which means you could transfer directly into the Master of International Development, should you decide to further your studies.

You'll learn:

How to design and deliver development projects

Understand how to work in partnership with local communities and create projects that address inequality.

Policy and practice frameworks

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to successfully operate in the development sector.

How to drive social change

From grassroots activism to governmental policy, you'll learn how to engage with individuals, communities and organisations to create positive change.

Development sector best practice

Become familiar with the tools and techniques commonly found in development practice, including logframes, project proposals and 'theory of change' documents.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 - Graduate Diploma.

Career Outcomes

After graduation, you could work across a wide range of organisations, including international development organisations, government and intergovernmental agencies, media organisations, and research or training institutions.

Possible roles include:

Project officer

Support development and humanitarian projects. Work closely with communities as you address economic and social inequalities.

Humanitarian/emergency relief officer

Work closely with communities on humanitarian and emergency-relief efforts.

Campaign or advocacy manager

Help amplify the voices of marginalised communities. Deliver public awareness campaigns and lobby stakeholders, including governments and peak bodies.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
35,800 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 1 year
Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086

Entry criteria

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor's degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors, including academic record, English proficiency and/or employment experience.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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