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If a career in not-for-profit or government aid appeals to your sense of adventure or you already have the desire and passion to pursue a career in the professional service of others, then the Master of Social Change and Development will provide you with the foundational knowledge you need to begin that journey.
With growing demand for qualified professionals to undertake roles in community development and policy analysis, the University of Newcastle’s program will enable you to take on positions within funded development projects, aid organisations and government departments. It could also take you outside of Australia to developing countries, which are supported through government departments.
The Master of Social Change and Development covers all aspects of social change, from the macro global issues to their impact on regional and local communities. This is achieved through a balance of theoretical and practical coursework which can be delivered online or face-to-face via a blended learning approach to accommodate your needs. Once armed with these skills, you will be able to work effectively as an administrator, field officer, researcher, development planner, educator or manager.
Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Master of Social Change and Development at a time that suits you.
Explore this page and find out if the Master of Social Change and Development is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.
Is it for you?
If you are looking for an opportunity to improve your contribution and effectiveness in the area of social change and development, the Master of Social Change and Development will prepare you with the required knowledge and skills to achieve this goal. With an increasing need for qualified professionals, you will graduate with the necessary credentials to work in key areas including Aboriginal studies, organisational leadership and capacity building, trade and development, and sustainable agriculture and food security for rural development - in Australia as well as developing countries.
The Master of Social Change and Development will prepare you to understand the implications of wider social and political changes at a global level which affect local conditions and capacities. This knowledge is essential when working in international development. With advanced theoretical and applicable knowledge you will be prepared to meet the challenges of development work in a rapidly changing global environment.
What distinguishes this program from others in this field is the opportunity it offers to create your own research work as part of a research project. Not only does this give scope to individuals already working within the field to further pursue their specific areas of interest, but it enables those new to the field to explore many paths to shape their career's future.
This program is ideally suited to those who have completed undergraduate degrees in social sciences, human resources, politics, health, environmental studies, indigenous studies or agriculture.
To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.
The University of Newcastle’s Master of Social Change and Development enables you to tailor your education to best align with your career objectives.
The program is designed to provide students who wish to pursue a career with government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and private firms, with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of social change and development and to improve their effectiveness as administrators, researchers, development planners, local officers, educators, or managers. There is a growing need for qualified professionals to work in the community development and policy analysis sectors of funded development projects and aid organisations.
To find out more about where the Master of Social Change and Development can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.
At the completion of your Master of Social Change and Development you will have the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge to take on meaningful roles in government agencies, non-government organisations and private firms.
You will have the necessary knowledge and skills to understand the processes of social change and development and to improve your effectiveness as an administrator, researcher, development planner, educator or manager.
As Australia engages more and more with developing countries, there is a growing need for qualified professionals to work in the community development and policy analysis sectors of funded development projects and aid organisations. The University of Newcastle’s Master of Social Change and Development can be the program to make your career goals a reality.
For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Social Change and Development, visit the ‘Details’ tab.