Development Studies

Development Studies examines the transformation of communities and societies around the world while critically engaging with concepts and outcomes of international development from various perspectives.

Subject overview

Development Studies seeks to understand how societies, regions and communities change and critically examines the policies and practices of governments, NGOs, international donors and other development agents to facilitate social transformation and improve the quality of life in so-called ‘developing’ countries.

Our programme brings together students from diverse academic, professional and cultural backgrounds. Our high-quality academic training will give you a strong foundation to take on some of the most pressing issues facing humanity, such as hunger, poverty, social injustice 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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