Postgraduate Diploma in International Development – PGDipIntDev

Gain advanced knowledge and skills to help overcome poverty and enhance human wellbeing.

Type of qualification

Postgraduate diploma

Level of study

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.

More about study levels

NZQF level 8

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

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Time to complete

1 year full-time (120 credits)
Up to 4 years part-time
Part-time available

Where you can study

Distance and online
Manawatū campus (Palmerston North)

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand, or studying online outside New Zealand

Study a Postgraduate Diploma in International Development – PGDipIntDev

You’ll extend your abilities to analyse international development issues and collect relevant data. You’ll also learn how to write persuasively about development issues.

Learn from experts in the field

In 1989, Massey University was the first university in New Zealand to offer postgraduate qualifications in development studies. We’ve built on that reputation by developing world-class courses in international development.

Our professors and lecturers are scholars and active researchers. They are also people with experience in development policy and practice in diverse contexts including the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

Further study

Your Postgraduate Diploma in International Development is also a pathway to advanced research at master’s level.

A PGDipIntDev is a good fit if you:

  • want advanced knowledge and skills in international development
  • value cultural awareness, sensitivity and empathy
  • take ideas about ethics, engagement and citizenship seriously.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in International Development you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in development studies, or equivalent (eg Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Social Anthropology or Sociology), with a minimum B- average across the 300-level courses, or
  • a bachelor’s degree with a B- average across the 300-level courses along with relevant field or industry experience of an appropriate kind and duration.

You will need to provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Field experience includes:

  • voluntary work (eg refugee resettlement with Red Cross – supporting a disadvantaged community group in New Zealand)
  • other relevant work or experience (eg, a social worker, nurse or teacher in New Zealand or overseas)
  • specific development experience (eg, an engineer who worked in Nepal).
  • you will need to provide your curriculum vitae outlining your experience.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with Distinction or Merit. 

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the qualification if you wish to continue your studies.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Structure of the Postgraduate Diploma in International Development

 If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

If you are planning to progress to the Master of International Development you need to include 131707 Development Research Design in your Postgraduate Diploma in International Development.

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Core courses – 60 credits
  • Electives from the Schedule – 60 credits

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Compulsory courses (Choose 60 credits from)

Choose 60 credits from
Course code: 131701 Rethinking Development 30 credits

An interdisciplinary course that explores and critically reflects on the trajectories of development thought and the contemporary processes of international development. The main areas covered include: the origins and meaning of development; paradigmatic approaches to development; and contemporary approaches to development practice.

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Course code: 131702 Development Management 30 credits

An applied course dealing with the processes and methods for the planning, implementation and evaluation of development programmes and projects. The course focuses on the managerial aspects and on the analytical tools that link contemporary policy frameworks and operational practices.

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Subject courses (Choose 60 credits from)

Choose 60 credits from
Course code: 131703 Gender and Development 30 credits

An examination of the interaction of gender difference, development planning and social change. Selected topics include empowerment and human rights, masculinities, the household, work, education, and health.

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Course code: 131704 Sustainable Development 30 credits

A course concerned with the concept of sustainable development in all its dimensions (economic, social and environmental), focused on the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Conceptual lenses, including Indigenous understandings of sustainability and the sustainable livelihoods framework, are also discussed.

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Course code: 131706 Globalisation and Development 30 credits

An examination of three critical themes in globalisation and development: conflict (and post-conflict), migration, and tourism.

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Course code: 131707 Development Research Design 30 credits

An examination of research methods and ethical issues and their application in development studies.

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Course code: 131708 Development Practicum 30 credits

Advanced study in development practice, involving 260 hours of professional work in an approved development agency. As an integral part of the course, students will reflect on how this work can be understood in relation to current literature on development theory and practice.

Prerequisites: 131701 or 131702 or Appraisal Required

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Course code: 294717 Human Security in Application 30 credits

This course examines critical analysis and application of human security in national and international contexts. This would allow the participants to understand and engage in a wide range of theoretical studies and practical projects on human security.

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Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Scholarship and award opportunities

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Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

You’ll get the skills and experience to begin your career in a wide range of government, non government organisations, multilateral and private sector spheres including organisations such as Red Cross, World Vision, the New Zealand Aid Programme, United Nations Development Programme and Caritas.

Graduate careers include positions such as:

  • adviser in tourism, health, education or agriculture
  • advocacy officer
  • community affairs officer
  • development officer
  • diplomat
  • human rights advisor
  • policy analyst.

What our students say

“I have had overwhelmingly positive interactions with academic staff and classmates.”
Bronwyn Hutchison


Postgraduate Diploma in International Development

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Development Studies

Massey is ranked 30th in the world for development studies in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

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