Bachelor of International Development

Be a change maker   

Why is there global inequality? Why are some countries poor, or struggling with conflict, while others forge ahead?

Our Bachelor of International Development equips you to tackle these and other big questions surrounding the world’s greatest political, economic, cultural and ecological challenges as set out in the international development agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals.

What will you do?

We’ll support you in developing the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to make a real and positive difference in the lives of others. You will:

  • examine how government, business, non-governmental and international organisations, and individuals influence development
  • learn how development organisations function to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
  • explore the major contributing factors leading to issues such as extreme poverty, poor health, fragile governance, inequality and environmental vulnerability
  • analyse possible solutions to poverty related issues in the developing world
  • learn and practise a range of skills required in the field.

You can get in-country experience by studying abroad. The University partners with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies which offers a Development Studies Professional Practicum.  As part of the Bachelor of International Development, we offer a yearly Vietnam Study Tour, and study tours related to international development in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America.

You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Tetra Tech Coffey International Development scholarship and internship – a development organisation based in Adelaide.

Where could it take you?

Graduates go on to all sorts of rewarding careers that focus on strengthening the wellbeing of communities in developing countries. You could be an international aid agency employee or humanitarian aid worker. You might provide hands-on support in disaster zones. Perhaps you’ll be a project officer or conduct research for a non-governmental organisation.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 324391
2021 CSP ATAR 69.4
2021 CSP IB 25
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 25
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 66.6
Median ATAR to receive an offer 89.95
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.85
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 69.4
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 94.6
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 324391

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
6 40.0%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
8 53.3%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students 15 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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Scholarships

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

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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, Development Officer, Foreign Affairs, Diplomat, Anthropologist, Ministerial Adviser, Community Development Officer, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, International Aid Agency Employee, International Development Worker, Member of Parliament, Community Outreach Worker, Corporate Policy Advisor, Diplomatic corps, Social Inclusion Officer, UN Human Rights Officer, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, Workplace Relations Officer, Foreign Aid Worker, ...

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

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

Areas of Specialisation

In addition to core courses and closed electives in International Development, students complete a minor and broadening electives.

The minor can be chosen from:
  • Anthropology
  • Chinese Studies
  • French Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography, Environment and Population
  • History
  • Indigenous Knowledges and Society
  • Indonesian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Spanish Studies
Minor lists are available at the Faculty of Arts

The broadening electives cannot be from the following subject areas:
  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • International Development
  • Geography, Environment and Population
  • History
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Courses with the subject area of your minor discipline.

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

Testimonial

The best parts of studying international development were the diverse range of interesting subjects and the insights I gained into development practice.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021