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Bachelor of International Development

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324391


The Bachelor of International Development introduces students to the key issues and problems affecting the states, societies and cultures of the developing world. It also allows students to explore how bi-lateral organisations, multi-lateral agencies, and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) try to intervene in these problems, through policies and programmes of planned change. Reflecting the wider field of international development, the degree is multi-disciplinary, and it draws on a wide range of disciplines and subjects to introduce students to such key development issues as: poverty, governance, debt reduction, inequality, human rights, HIV/AIDS, conflict, ecology, the environment, health and gender rights. In addition, all students have the opportunity to broaden their interests by pursuing a relevant minor within their degree.

The Bachelor of International Development provides students with the practical skills and experience necessary to pursue a successful career in the international development sector. All students are required to take a series of methods courses, and to conduct a range of project-focused work, over the course of their studies. They also have opportunities to pursue study abroad options in the developing world, through courses offered by the Faculty of Arts, and by external partners such as the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), and Scope Global. High achieving students are able to participate in the Arts Internship Scheme.

Study Abroad and Exchange Opportunities

The University has student exchange links with over 100 overseas institutions. You can study overseas for one or two semesters which counts as credit towards your degree program at the University of Adelaide. In addition there are no extra tuition fees for this study. What better way to test out newly developed language skills or experience another culture as you learn?

  • Program Structure

    The program consists of compulsory courses in Development Studies, and electives with a development focus from disciplines such as Anthropology, Geography Environment and Population, Economics, Politics and International Studies, Asian Studies, History and Gender Studies and Social Analysis. Students are encouraged to study a language as their minor, in particular Indonesian, French or Spanish.

    The remainder of the degree is made up of free choice electives from within the Faculty of Arts or another faculty.

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  • Admission and Fee Information

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 324391
    2015 CSP ATAR 67.8
    Adelaide Approved Score 70
    2015 CSP IB 24
    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,450
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. GPAs earned from non-award study within the Faculty of Arts are also considered.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2016. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2016 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2015 or 2014), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2014). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324391

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $27,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 088343E
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    A-Level 6
    UEC [Malaysia] 25
    SAT [US] 1540
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] [1] 70%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 65
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Bradford Foundation Program 70
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    International ATAR 70
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $27,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
  • Areas of Specialisation


  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    Indicative study plan
    Level 1S1 DEVT 1001
    Introduction to
    Development Studies
    GEOG 1103
    Economy, Environment and Place
    Arts Minor ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind: Arts of Engagement
    S2 ANTH 1105
    of Everyday Life 
    ANTH 1104
    Culture and Society:
    Foundations of Anthropology
    GEOG 1102
    Footprints on a Fragile Planet
    GEOG 1101
    Globalisation Justice and a Crowded Planet
    Arts Minor Open Elective
    Level 2/
    Advanced Level
    S1 DEVT 2100
    Poverty &
    Social Development
    Development Studies
    Closed Elective
    Arts Minor Open Elective
    S2 DEVT 2002
    Rights and
    DEVT 2101
    Community, Gender and Critical Development
    Development Studies
    Closed Elective
    Arts Minor Open Elective
    Level 3/ Advanced LevelS1 Development Studies
    Closed Elective
    Development Studies
    Closed Elective
    Arts Minor Open Elective
    S2 Development Studies
    Closed Elective
    Development Studies
    Closed Elective
    Arts Minor Open Elective
    Note: All courses are worth 3 units unless specified otherwise. Core courses may not be double counted towards your minor.
  • Career Opportunities

    The Bachelor of Development studies will provide a critical entry point for gaining employment in:

    • Government (such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
    • Private sector consultancy firms (Official Development Assistance management contracters)
    • Non-government organisations
    • Development research agencies
    • United Nations agencies (UNESCO)
    • Foreign aid agencies

    Potential careers

    Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Public Servant, Research Assistant, Development Officer, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Aid Worker, Non Government Organisation Worker

  • Work Placement

    If you maintain a high GPA, you will have the opportunity take part in an internship in your third year with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, where you can use the knowledge from your university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards your degree program and prepares you for your future career.

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