Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian and Development Studies

  • Effective from: 2018
  • Approved Abbreviation: GradDipHumanDevtSt
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1867
  • AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 096601C

This program applies to students who commenced in 2018 or later. 

The Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian and Development Studies (Grad Dip HADS) will meet the needs of practitioners already working in the field of disaster relief and development, and those wishing to enter the field. It aims to support the skills enhancement of humanitarian and development workers in government and non-government agencies involved in humanitarian operations, organisations that manage international refugee flows, public health, and the provision of aid to vulnerable populations. Students will complete 8 subjects from the Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies (M HADS) degree. The structure of the Graduate Diploma is tailored towards individual needs and interests and is linked to the specific industry requirements of humanitarian and development practitioners.

The M HADS has both entry and exit points for the Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian and Development Studies (Grad Dip HADS) and the Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian and Development Studies (Grad Cert HADS).

Study Mode

One year full-time or two years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Garry Stevens

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Full Time Internal Dr Melissa Phillips
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Part Time Internal Dr Melissa Phillips

Admission

The Master of Humanitarian and Development Studies, Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian and Development Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian and Development Studies are specialist vocational degrees.

Entry requirements are

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Arts or Social Sciences, or
  • Any tertiary degree combined with a minimum of 6 months professional experience in a development or humanitarian assistance context.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year Intake

Plan of Study Grid
1H sessionCredit Points
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
HUMN 7032 Public Health in Complex Emergencies (Advanced) 10
HUMN 7031 Political Economy of Development 10
HUMN 7019 Emergency and Disaster Management 10
 Credit Points30
Spring session
POLI 7001 Development and Security 10
HUMN 7023 Global Health, Migration and Development 10
HUMN 7024 Humanitarian and Development Agendas and Progress 10
HUMN 7028 Management and Evaluation of Aid Programs 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points80

Full-time mid-year Intake

Plan of Study Grid
Spring sessionCredit Points
POLI 7001 Development and Security 10
HUMN 7023 Global Health, Migration and Development 10
HUMN 7024 Humanitarian and Development Agendas and Progress 10
HUMN 7028 Management and Evaluation of Aid Programs 10
 Credit Points40
1H session
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
HUMN 7032 Public Health in Complex Emergencies (Advanced) 10
HUMN 7031 Political Economy of Development 10
HUMN 7019 Emergency and Disaster Management 10
 Credit Points30
 Total Credit Points80

Equivalent Core Subjects 

The core subject listed below counts towards completion of this program for students who passed this subject in 2020 or earlier.

HUMN 7036 - Research in Social Sciences, replaced by HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research