Postgraduate study in Development Studies

What can you study in Development Studies?

You can take advanced courses and develop your own research in areas such as:

  • Theories of international development
  • Development practice and research
  • Gender and development
  • Emergency aid and humanitarianism
  • Health and human rights
  • Environment and development
  • Development policy and institutions
  • Ethics and governance in international development
  • Community-driven development
  • Social entrepreneurship and fair trade
  • Migration and displacement
  • Climate adaptation
  • Post-disaster response and recovery

The Asia-Pacific region features strongly in our research and teaching but we also cover other parts of the world, such as Latin America, Central Asia and Africa.

Recent graduate research includes field work in El Salvador, Venezuela, Mongolia, Tanzania, Philippines, Samoa and India. Staff research and practice has included work in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Yemen, Niger, Benin and Cuba.

Entry requirements

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Development Studies

A major in one of the subjects available for the BA (Hons) in Development Studies or approval of the Academic Head or nominee.

Master of Arts in Development Studies

120-point (one-year) MA

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Development Studies or in one of Anthropology, Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Māori Studies, Pacific Studies, Political Studies, Sociology with an average grade of B or higher, or approval of the Director of Development Studies. The research masters has higher requirements.

240-point (two-year) MA

A BA with a major in one of the subjects available for the BA(Hons) in Development Studies or approval of the Director of Development Studies. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Structuring your specialisation in Development Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Development Studies

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2018 BA(Hons) schedule for Development Studies

Master of Arts in Development Studies

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2018 MA schedule for Development Studies

Courses

Explore the courses you can take as part of a specialisation in Development Studies:

Postgraduate courses

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Development Studies, you can contact a Postgraduate Adviser.