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Bachelor of International Development

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 324391

CRICOS 088343E

The Bachelor of International Development introduces students to key issues and problems affecting the states, societies and cultures of the developing world. Its practical and work-based focus encourages students to explore how bi-lateral organisations, multi-lateral agencies, and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) intervene in these problems and issues, through development policies and programmes.

Reflecting the wider field of international development, the degree is multi-disciplinary, and draws on a wide range of disciplines and subjects to introduce students to key development issues such as: poverty, governance, debt reduction, community participation, inequality, human rights, HIV/AIDS, conflict, ecology, the environment, health and gender. Students have the opportunity to broaden their interests by pursuing a relevant minor within their degree.

The degree offers a range of in-country practice-focused experiences with study abroad options in the developing world, through the Faculty of Arts, or with external partners such as the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), and Scope Global in Vietnam, Indonesia, Africa and Asia.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 324391
    2016 CSP ATAR 66.15
    Adelaide Approved Score 70
    2016 CSP IB 24
    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 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), 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 2015). 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.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • 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]
    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
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,500

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The Bachelor of International Development 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 contractors)
    • Non-government organisations
    • Development research agencies
    • United Nations agencies (UNESCO)
    • Foreign aid agencies

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry 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.

    Potential careers

    Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Public Servant, Research Assistant, Development Officer, Foreign Affairs, Community Development Officer, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, International Aid Agency Employee, International Development Worker, Foreign Aid Worker, Non Government Organisation Worker

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    The program consists of compulsory courses in International Development, 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. 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.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation


    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan for commencing students
    Level 1S1 DEVT 1001
    Introduction to
    Development Studies
    ANTH 1104
    Culture and Society: Foundations of Anthropology
    Arts Minor Level I ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media (semester 1 or 2)
    S2 GEOG 1103
    Economy, Environment and Place
    International Development Closed Elective Level I Arts Minor Level I Broadening Elective Level I
    Level 2S1 DEVT 2200
    International Development in Practice II (not available in 2016)
    DEVT 2101
    Community, Gender and Critical Development
    Arts Minor Level II Broadening Elective Level II
    S2 International Development Closed Elective Level II International Development Closed Elective Level II Arts Minor Level II Broadening Elective Level II
    Level 3S1

    DEVT 3200
    International Development in Practice III
    (not available in 2016) - 6 units

    Arts Minor Level III International Development Closed Elective Level II or III
    S2 DEVT 3005 Aid Policy and Administration
    (not available in 2016)  - 6 units
    Arts Minor Level III International Development Closed Elective Level II or III
    Note: All courses are worth 3 units unless specified otherwise. Core courses may not be double counted towards your minor.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016


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