Course Description

In this course, you’ll learn how to make a difference in local communities by working closely with schools, local councils, ecologists, Indigenous groups, social services organisations, resource companies, universities and other groups.
You’ll explore how to encourage people to get more involved in locally designed projects, experience different examples of community development projects and learn about the history of community work, policy and the diversity of communities. Your core units will include ‘Introduction to Community Development’, ‘Creative Ways to Work with Community’, ‘Social Policy and Community Action’, and ‘Indigenous Community Development’.
When you graduate, you will be well equipped for a career in local government, community services, remote area education, Indigenous communities, community arts and cultural development, overseas aid work, sustainable development, social work-related areas, or economic, social and urban planning.
At the end of your degree, you will graduate with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work in a range of scenarios.
6 reasons to study Community Development

Throughout your degree, you will have the opportunity to intern with community groups, private organisations, non-government agencies (NGOs), or government departments through our Work Integrated Learning program.
Study two majors in 3 years and graduate with 2 specialisations, further enhancing your career prospects.
To expand your expertise and career prospects even further, you can combine Community Development with another major such as International Aid and Development or Global Politics and Policy.
You’ll create an e-portfolio of your work to showcase to employers when you graduate.
Murdoch has received a 5-star rating for median graduate salary in the fields of Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences*.
Murdoch is ranked #1 in WA for full-time employment in Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences*.

*Source: The Good Universities Guide 2019

Some of the things you’ll learn

creative ways to work with community
overseas aid and international development
Indigenous community development
social policy and community action
sustainable urban communities.


3 years full time, 6 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at Murdoch University rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 79.7% (national average 75.7%)
Improved skills: 87.5% (national average 83.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 89.5% (national average 85.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Murdoch University. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at Murdoch University had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 62.5% (national average 61.3%)
Studying full time: 20.7% (national average 32.0%)
Median full time salary: $65,100 (national average $55,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Murdoch University Code: B1356

Entry Requirements

Selection Rank: 70