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Experience meets Innovation. Since 1989 Massey offers postgraduate qualifications in development studies in New Zealand.
The heart of the matter
Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey. Explore what it means to be human, why we act like we do and the ways we create meaning.
Make a contribution
Make sense of the world from different perspectives through Massey. Contribute to education, defence, sustainability and more.
Understand how global economic, social, political and environmental forces affect people and shape different parts of the world. Work with people from different backgrounds to help improve their lives.
Learn from leading lecturers and researchers with expertise such as:
- links between developing natural resources, like oil or water, and conflict
- measuring complex development problems
- making business investment more inclusive, sustainable and responsible.
Our staff have direct experience of development policy and practice all round the world, including the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Examples include health and international development, and post-pandemic tourism in the South Pacific.
Development studies is a good fit if you:
- enjoy geography, sociology or social studies
- are interested in other cultures and views of the world
- like thinking analytically, solving practical problems or taking a strategic view.
Development studies courses may cover:
- globalisation and development
- gender and development
- global environmental issues
- development and inequality
- endangered cultures
- contemporary international conflict.
Hunger and poverty
Examine how global forces such as war, business models or climate change can cause hunger and poverty, especially in developing countries.
Learn about contemporary international development theories, policies and approaches. Understand how governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like the UN, Oxfam and the Red Cross:
- manage disaster situations such as famine and refugees
- approach complex long-term situations leading to hunger and poverty.
Social injustice is when some people do not have equal access to wealth and opportunities in society, including food, shelter, education or healthcare. As a result, they do not have what they define as hopeful and fulfilling lives.
How to study development studies
Discover what we offer if you’re interested in development studies – whether you’re coming to university for the first time, changing direction or returning to advance your study or career.
PhD and other doctoral degrees
What our students say
“I have had life-changing learnings and experiences in my Master of International Development.”
“That’s the key message in development studies – rejecting this idea that west is best”
“Academic staff are internationally renowned for their great expertise in various leading-edge research fields.”
Jobs in development studies
Many careers need skills gained through development studies, such as creative and critical thinking, problem-solving and communications.
Careers in international development means providing people with the tools they need to enhance their quality of life. Our graduates often work for organisations such as:
- New Zealand Aid Programme
- Red Cross
- World Vision
- UN programmes.
Other graduates work in New Zealand industries such as agriculture, community affairs, education, healthcare and tourism.
Careers related to development studies include:
- aid workers, who carry out humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and peace-keeping for international aid and humanitarian organisations
- advocacy officers or community affairs officers, who represent communities to government and organisations
- development officers, who develop policy and projects, often working within communities
- foreign policy officers or diplomats, who represent a government to other governments or international organisations
- human rights advisers.
Annual salary ranges for jobs
Salary ranges disclaimer
Indicative pay rates are:
- in New Zealand dollars
- based on careers.govt.nz data.
Which development qualification?
Examples of where our qualifications may take you.
|Jobs||Examples of what you could study|
Master of International Development
Master of Sustainable Development Goals
|Humanitarian officer||Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Disaster Management)|
|Foreign policy officer or diplomat||Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Global Development)|
QS Ranking - Development Studies
Massey is ranked in the world's top 50 universities for development studies in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
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