Development Studies

Development Studies engages with the critical issues of social change that are transforming global society.

Subject overview

Development Studies seeks to understand why and how societies, regions and communities change to improve quality of life, and how governments, NGOs, international donors and other development agents can facilitate such change.

You can take on some of the most pressing issues facing humanity, such as hunger, poverty and rising inequality.

Development Studies at the University of Auckland was ranked 41st in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Where can Development Studies take you?

Many of our graduates choose a career in an international organisation such as the United Nations Development Programme or a human rights NGO, or in corporate social responsibility.

Career options with an Arts degree

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