Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMRECD
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


This course embodies an explicit commitment to people and place, to social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment. It will equip students with the skills to understand governance issues and undertake participatory planning and research in local, state, national and international public and private sector organisations. Its educational approaches and outcomes will contribute to increased participation in the formation of socially and ecologically sustainable communities and places through an understanding of the strategic importance to public and private sector organisations of community and place.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of contemporary education and social issues and practice in regional education and community development in a global context
  • understand the principles and models of participatory planning in organisational and community contexts
  • understand the principles of resourcing community renewal through strategic partnerships
  • understand how to access a wide range of networks and opportunities through the study of community case examples
  • reflect on their own community development practice in order to develop a participatory approach informed by social justice and ecological sustainability
  • demonstrate capacity to work towards the involvement of diverse (and often subjugated/disadvantaged) sectors within the community
  • design and implement an action research proposal for community



This course consists of two core units plus one of the following three options:

  • Option 1: 48 points of approved electives
  • Option 2: two approved electives and two research units
  • Option 3: one approved elective and one research methods unit and a 24-point research dissertation.

Approved electives are those drawn from existing arts or education units, or by approval of the course adviser. All units are 12 points unless otherwise indicated.


All students

First year

  • APG4807 Participatory planning: Local, national and international perspectives
  • EDF6806 Sustainable community development

Students must complete one of the following options for second and third year.

Option 1

Second year

  • two approved electives

Third year

  • two approved electives

Option 2

Second year

  • two approved electives

Third year

  • EDF6007 Qualitative approaches to research or APG5786 Human services research methods

plus one of

Option 3

Second year

  • EDF6007 Qualitative approaches to research or APG5786 Human services research methods
  • one approved elective

Third year

One of:

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of Regional Education and Community Development early, and who have obtained a credit average, may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Certificate of Regional Education and Community Development after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • Graduate Diploma of Regional Education and Community Development after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master of Regional Education and Community Development