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University of Newcastle

Newcastle , New South Wales ,Australia

Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development

If you are looking to pursue a career in not-for-profit or government aid contributing to social change and development and have the desire and passion to work in the professional service of others, then the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development will provide you with the foundational knowledge to begin that journey.

This program will introduce you to key areas of social change delivered through a balance of theoretical and practical coursework. You will graduate with a high-level understanding of the implications of wider social and political changes at a global level, which affect local conditions and capacities. You will be prepared to meet the challenges of development work in a rapidly changing global environment.

Campus Information

Newcastle - Callaghan

The University of Newcastle's main campus at Callaghan is only 12 kilometres from beaches and the heart of Newcastle - a city named as one of the world's top 'Smart Cities' to watch in 2017 by Global magazine National Geographic Traveler.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 21

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career opportunities

As Australia engages more and more with developing countries, there is a growing need for qualified professionals to undertake roles in the community development and policy analysis of funded development projects and aid organisations. At the completion of your Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development, you will have the fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge to take on these roles within government agencies, non-government organisations and private firms.

Once armed with these skills you can embark on some of the following career pathways:

  • administrator
  • field officer
  • researcher
  • development planner
  • educator or manager
  • overseas aid
  • community development
  • ministry of finance in developing countries
  • sustainable land care

You can also take your postgraduate qualification to the next level, opening up further career opportunities with the Master of Social Change and Management at the University of Newcastle.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

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  • Course Code: 084166E
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 06 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 15450 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 29710 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
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