QS World University Rankings 2017Development studies

Development studies at Massey is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2017.

Development studies sets out to understand and analyse the processes that are transforming people’s lives around the world. You will study key development issues and ideas, and develop skills to help solve development problems.

In the past, development studies focussed on the world’s poorer countries and how Western solutions could be applied to their problems. We now recognise that the impact of global economic, political and social forces are universal—and embrace and connect us all. Our different cultures, environments and resources, however, inevitably lead to different outcomes for people.

We also acknowledge that solutions need to recognise local cultural, social and environmental differences, and that Western science and technology must work with and learn from indigenous knowledge systems.

Postgraduate study

Development studies at Massey University has a strong research component and attracts postgraduate students from all over the world, especially from Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

Postgraduate study draws on the depth and variety of interests and expertise of our academic staff. It also makes the most of Massey’s expertise in agriculture, economics, social anthropology, politics, natural resources, environmental studies and business studies.


Development studies is a minor subject in the Bachelor of Arts and can also be taken in a certificate or diploma programme. At postgraduate level, master's and doctorate qualifications are available.

Development Studies Handbook 2017

Essential information about the development studies programme is available in the  IDS Handbook 2017 (3,203 KB)


100, 200 and 300-level courses

131.121 Rich World, Poor World
131.221 Contemporary Development Issues
131.321 Strategies for Sustainable Development

700 to 900-level courses

131.701 Development and Underdevelopment
131.702 Development Management
131.703 Gender and Development
131.704 Sustainable Development
131.706 Globalisation & Development
131.707 Development Research Design
131.798 Research Report
131.799 Research Report
131.816 Thesis (Part I)
131.817 Thesis (Part II)
131.897 Research Report
131.899 Thesis
131.900 PhD Development Studies


Programme Coordinator:  Professor Regina Scheyvens

Research student

Social media sites and Māori political engagement:  Joanne Waitoa (Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Kahungunu) is examining the Mana Party’s Facebook pages – Mana ki Manawatū, Mana Wairarapa and Mana Rangatahi (youth), and the effectiveness of the party’s social media campaign during the 2011 general election. http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=22AA613B-A209-1181-F4EE-FCE0F948F6D5


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Development Fieldwork (2014)

Known as "the Lonely Planet guide to the field", Development Fieldwork covers the methods, ethics and logistics of cross-cultural fieldwork and includes contributions from all Massey development studies staff.

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