Bachelor of International Development Studies

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2017 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (61.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)
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This degree combines units that offer local and historical knowledge of specific geographic areas of the developing world, with units that explore transnational dimensions of development. This  combination of subject matter enables students to gain knowledge of the planning, implementation and consequences of political and economic change, particularly the uneven effects of development policies on communities. Students will also gain knowledge of the macro and micro sociological forces, including social movements that have impacted historically on political, economic, cultural and ecological conditions,  resulting in extreme poverty, poor health, fragile governance, inequality and environmental vulnerability. The degree grounds students in qualitative and quantitative research methods, providing them with the skills and knowledge to be able to determine appropriate strength-based capacity building approaches, and to identify economic inclusion strategies that promote economic opportunities for marginalised communities.

The Bachelor of International Development Studies degree is located within the discipline area of ‘development studies’, which is an interdisciplinary branch of social science. The discipline area of development studies draws from a range of disciplines, particularly: anthropology, sociology, political science, human geography, environmental  science, history and economics.

The main objective of the degree is to provide students with the knowledge, critical perspectives understanding and skills needed for competent, compassionate, ethical and professional engagement with communities in the developing world.  ACU BIDS graduates have a strong commitment to the common good and respect for the dignity of the human person.

During the course students will gain hands-on experience in an international humanitarian or development program through the compulsory Immersion Experience unit.

In addition to development theory and practice, students will study:

  • global health
  • human rights law and practice
  • global change and development
  • strategic management, people management
  • peace and development
  • environmental sustainability
  • research methodologies for development projects.

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
  • Average first year fee: $7607 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)
Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students must meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy..

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: 2 units of English (any).

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Each course has a different ATAR/OP cut off and these vary each year. The table below shows the range of scores achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. Please note some of these scores may have been adjusted by various entry schemes. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2017

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 85.45 93.60
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 51.85 60.75
  • N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR based offers made.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 88.65 98.65
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 52.40 59.35
  • N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR based offers made.

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
6 16.67%
Vocational education and training (VET) study L/N N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 22 61.11%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) L/N N/P
Recent secondary education 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) 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
L/N N/P
International students L/N N/P
All students 36 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
L/N N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 9 45.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education 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) 5 25.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
L/N N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 20 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.

Further information

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Alternative/Special Entry

Adjustment Factors which may improve your entry rank

Mature-age Entry if you’re over 21 and haven’t completed prior study

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience – An entry score can be calculated based on your work experience – you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

If you have an entry rank but it’s not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to an entry score
  • Complete an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required entry rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new entry score will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.
  • Working with an NGO (non-governmental organisation), locally or abroad
  • Government service, both overseas and at home
  • The United Nations system and other international organisations such as the World Bank
  • Human rights and advocacy
  • Social entrepreneurship and companies with a global outreach
  • Fair Trade business sector and eco and responsible tourism
  • Charity and humanitarian work
  • Private aid distributors.

Immersion Experience

The Development Education Immersion Experience (30 cp unit) is an essential part of the Bachelor of International Development Studies degree which gives students a community-based learning experience for a minimum of 3 weeks where they have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of everyday life in a developing country in their 3rd year of study. Participating in the Development Education Immersion Experience (DVST304) is a compulsory component of the third year of the degree.

Please note that there are additional costs and administrative fees associated with the Development Education Immersion Experience.

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

Domestic Students

This degree combines units that offer local and historical knowledge of specific geographic areas of the developing world, with units that explore transnational dimensions of development. This  combination of subject matter enables students to gain knowledge of the planning, implementation and consequences of political and economic change, particularly the uneven effects of development policies on communities. Students will also gain knowledge of the macro and micro sociological forces, including social movements that have impacted historically on political, economic, cultural and ecological conditions,  resulting in extreme poverty, poor health, fragile governance, inequality and environmental vulnerability. The degree grounds students in qualitative and quantitative research methods, providing them with the skills and knowledge to be able to determine appropriate strength-based capacity building approaches, and to identify economic inclusion strategies that promote economic opportunities for marginalised communities.

The Bachelor of International Development Studies degree is located within the discipline area of ‘development studies’, which is an interdisciplinary branch of social science. The discipline area of development studies draws from a range of disciplines, particularly: anthropology, sociology, political science, human geography, environmental  science, history and economics.

The main objective of the degree is to provide students with the knowledge, critical perspectives understanding and skills needed for competent, compassionate, ethical and professional engagement with communities in the developing world.  ACU BIDS graduates have a strong commitment to the common good and respect for the dignity of the human person.

During the course students will gain hands-on experience in an international humanitarian or development program through the compulsory Immersion Experience unit.

In addition to development theory and practice, students will study:

  • global health
  • human rights law and practice
  • global change and development
  • strategic management, people management
  • peace and development
  • environmental sustainability
  • research methodologies for development projects.

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Melbourne
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 23-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Strathfield
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 23-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
  • Unit Fee: $2756.00 (2018)
  • Average first year fee: $22048.00 (2018)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $66144.00 (2018)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

The equivalent of Australian Year 12 Certificate, plus an IELTS overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.
International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC
  • Working with an NGO (non-governmental organisation), locally or abroad
  • Government service, both overseas and at home
  • The United Nations system and other international organisations such as the World Bank
  • Human rights and advocacy
  • Social entrepreneurship and companies with a global outreach
  • Fair Trade business sector and eco and responsible tourism
  • Charity and humanitarian work
  • Private aid distributors.

Immersion Experience

The Development Education Immersion Experience (30 cp unit) is an essential part of the Bachelor of International Development Studies degree which gives students a community-based learning experience for a minimum of 3 weeks where they have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of everyday life in a developing country in their 3rd year of study. Participating in the Development Education Immersion Experience (DVST304) is a compulsory component of the third year of the degree.

Please note that there are additional costs and administrative fees associated with the Development Education Immersion Experience.

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

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