JCU Global Development is a leader in empowering critical thought. Gain skills and expertise to guide international development to improve the health and wellbeing of communities all over the world.
Graduate Diploma of Global Development
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
Science and Engineering
Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree; or
Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Science and Engineering as equivalent to the above.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
For external delivery option, computer and internet access is required
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
24 credit points
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Global Development, graduates will be able to:
EV5951:03 Development in Practice
EV5952:03 Critical Issues in Global Development
AN5006:03 Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation
PL5153:03 Politics and Foreign Relations
Select 12 credit points of subjects from List 1
Disaster resilience and natural resource management
EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation
EV5209:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management
EV5107:03 International Environmental Policy and Governance
EV5606:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning
EV5614:03 Leadership in Disaster Management
TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health
TM5514:03 Environmental Health
TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
TM5552:03 Global Health and Development
TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries
Sustainable development planning and policy
EV5001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning
EV5003:03 Environmental Economics
EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment
EV5015:03 Sustainability in Practice
EV5301:03 Urban Geography and Design
ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change
BZ5755:03 Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation
LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World
WS5103:03 Community Development
IA5013:03 Indigenous Australians
IA5029:03 Comparative Indigenous Studies
IA5030:03 Navigating the Cultural Interface
IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change
Governance and social change
HI5005:03 Regional Environmental History
LB5231:03 Corporate Responsibility and Governance
LB5236:03 International Political Economy
PL5110:03 Shifting Geopolitical Environments in Emerging States
PL5006:03 Political Communication; Ecology and Environmentalism
Leadership and management for development
LB5205:03 People in Organisations
LB5514:03 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution
LB5530:03 Conflict Resolution Processes
The development researcher
EC5202:03 Cost Benefit Analysis
EC5216:03 Econometrics and Big Data Analysis
EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
EV5404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography
EV5953:03 Research Methods in International Development
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Course includes mandatory Fieldwork
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
12 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
Exit with lesser award
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the following award:
Students who successfully complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Global Development, and will be granted credit for all subjects successfully completed under this course.
Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Masters degrees.
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD31,200.00
Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Master of Global Development
The Global Development program offered me a great blend of theoretical knowledge and opportunities for professional development through hands-on learning and work-placement opportunities. It truly made my postgraduate experience memorable, enriching, challenging and a worthwhile investment.
Master of Global Development
Wanting a career change, I chose to study the Global Development program. The course has increased my perspective and critical understanding of what ‘development’ means and the realisation that social, political, economic and cultural inequalities are faced everywhere, not just in so-called ‘developing countries'.
Course Coordinator, Global Development
The Global Development suite of courses is a university-wide study program that provides expertise and skills development across multiple sectors. You will acquire complex theoretical knowledge and the practical skills required to work locally, nationally or globally in a meaningful career.