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Programme overview

The Master of Regional Development will provide students with an opportunity to critically engage with bodies of advanced scholarly knowledge and underlying principles in the fields of regional development, with a focus on environmental, educational and social policy, programme design, development, and evaluation.

The MRegDev has been developed specifically to draw on interfaculty expertise, and so bridges economic, scientific and resource management, with education and social and community well-being.

It will provide those with professional experience working in regional and iwi policy in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, or those looking to enter the field, with the latest academic and policy expertise.

There are 180 and 120-point pathways available, with entry determined by previous study and GPA attainment.

Programme structure

This taught Masters programme, including 120-point and 180-point pathways, is coordinated by the Tai Tokerau Campus and will be taught in a blended/online format, where possible. It comprises four core courses constituting 75 points, and 45 points of elective courses, or four core courses constituting 75 points, and 105 points of elective courses.

Master of Regional Development (MRegDev) Schedule

Taught Masters

120-Point Pathway:

  • 75 points: DEVELOP 712, REGDEV 701, 702, SOCCLEAD 707
  • 45 points from CIVIL 771, DEVELOP 701, 710, 713, DISMGT 701, ECON 771, EDUC 705, 716, 732, 737, 766, ENVMGT 741, 744, 746, GEOG 715, 725, 737, INDIGEN 711, LAWENVIR 777, MAORIDEV 720, 731, MAORIHTH 701, POPLHLTH 718, SOCCLEAD 700, URBPLAN 703, 706

180-Point Pathway:

  • 75 points: DEVELOP 712, REGDEV 701, 702, SOCCLEAD 707
  • 105 points from CIVIL 771, DEVELOP 701, 710, 713, DISMGT 701, ECON 771, EDUC 705, 716, 732, 737, 766, ENVMGT 741, 744, 746, GEOG 715, 725, 737, INDIGEN 711, LAWENVIR 777, MAORIDEV 720, 731, MAORIHTH 701, POPLHLTH 718, SOCCLEAD 700, URBPLAN 703, 706

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Subjects available in this programme

  • Regional Development
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2023 entry requirements

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Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0
  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have either:

A postgraduate diploma or a bachelor degree (hons) with a GPA of 5.0 or higher from this university, and have at least two years of relevant professional experience in regional development or equivalent,

or

a bachelors degree from this university, or equivalent, and have passed 60 points towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Regional Development from this university with a GPA of 5.0 or higher, provided that the postgraduate certificate has not been awarded.

You must have either:

A bachelors degree with a GPA of 5.0 or higher from this university, and have at least two years of relevant professional experience in regional development or equivalent,

or

a bachelors degree from this university, or equivalent, and have passed 60 points towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Regional Development from this university with a GPA of 5.0 or higher, provided that the postgraduate certificate has not been awarded.

Other pathways to study

If you have not met the requirements you can still gain entry if you have attained an equivalent and relevant, practical, professional, or scholarly experience. Relevant professional experience may include economic and business development, environmental management, iwi development, planning or policy development, social, education, and health development.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0
  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0
  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have either:

A one-year postgraduate qualification with at least a GPA of 5.0 from a recognised university (or similar institution) and have at least two years of relevant professional experience in regional development or equivalent,

or

a bachelors degree from a recognised university (or similar institution), and have passed 60 points towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Regional Development from the University of Auckland with at least a GPA of 5.0, provided that the postgraduate certificate has not been awarded.

You must have either:

A bachelors degree with at least a GPA of 5.0 from a recognised university (or similar institution) and have at least two years of relevant professional experience in regional development or equivalent,

or

a bachelors degree from a recognised university (or similar institution) and have passed 60 points towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Regional Development from this university with at least a GPA of 5.0, provided that the postgraduate certificate has not been awarded.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Master of Regional Development cost per year?

2023 fees

Domestic students
NZ$11,128.80*
International students
NZ$48,622*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.38 per point, estimated at $1,005.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

The Master of Regional Development will prepare you for advanced professional responsibility in a variety of regional development roles, in both local government and iwi, in relation to New Zealand and/or international contexts. You will demonstrate an appropriate level of critical and analytical ability, programme and policy development skills, and effective written and oral communication. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and the application of a range of skills necessary for regional sector development in your specialist fields, which could include the environment, society, and education.

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