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The University of Queensland (UQ)

  • 29% international / 71% domestic

Graduate Certificate in Development Practice

  • Graduate Certificate

Develop the practical and intellectual skills to navigate the complex landscape of development, critically engage with key debates and be part of creating sustainable alternatives for the future.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
0.5 year full-time
Course Code
5344, 053339A
Intake Months
Feb, Jul
International Fees
$15,872 per year / $15,872 total

About this course

UQ's Development Practice program addresses key challenges in the world today, including the rights of Indigenous people, inequality, gender, health, violence, alternative economics, climate justice and environmental sustainability.

With a diversity of delivery options - including intensive, online, practice-based learning environments and in-field research - focusing on the fundamentals, this six-month program is suitable for students with an approved degree, or post-secondary study and relevant work experience. The program is designed to fit in with your interests and availability, whether you're starting, advancing or rethinking your career.

Local communities in Australia and overseas are situated within rich and complex global dynamics. Our program equips you with theoretically informed skills to embrace the challenges of understanding, practising and rethinking development at different scales.

Drawing from anthropology, community development, planning, political science, sociology and related fields, UQ's Development Practice offers you a unique, multidisciplinary and practice-based learning experience.

Our graduates work across government, industry and community settings in development, social services, health, planning and elsewhere, to contribute to collaborative social change.

Study locations

St Lucia

What you will learn

  • Benefit from a program taught and supervised by scholars engaged in the field through research and practice.
  • Become part of a multicultural study environment and connect to an international cohort who contribute rich and diverse experiences.
  • Develop a strong multidisciplinary foundation and complete core courses including community development, planning, sociology, international relations and politics.
  • Join a program that welcomes applicants from various academic, professional and cultural backgrounds who are eager to rethink and redefine development practice.

Career pathways

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Community development practitioner
  • Multicultural liaison officer
  • Social inclusion officer
  • Indigenous community adviser
  • Community planning and policy adviser
  • International aid worker
  • Outreach services officer
  • Sustainability researcher
  • Community development manager