Master of International Development

Massey University

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Master of International Development

Massey University

The Master of International Development is a 180-credit course that can follow on immediately from your bachelor’s degree.

Deepen your understanding to effect change

You will gain an advanced understanding of how global economic, social, political and environmental forces affect people and shape different parts of the world. These insights will allow you to recognise where inequalities lie and identify strategies to help overcome poverty and enhance human wellbeing.

Learn from experts in the field

Massey University was, in 1989, the first university in New Zealand to offer postgraduate qualifications in development studies. We’ve built on that reputation by developing world-class courses in international development.

Our professors and lecturers are scholars and active researchers, but are also people with experience in development policy and practice in diverse contexts including the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

Get great career skills

Graduates of the Master of International Development will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and skills that can be applied in developing policy and strategies, and in managing and evaluating international development programmes
  • critically and rigorously evaluate contemporary international development theories, policies and approaches
  • conduct independent research and analysis of international development issues, collect relevant data, and be able to write persuasively about this
  • demonstrate mastery of social science research approaches and techniques and be able to undertake independent research in a well-planned and ethical manner
  • interpret research findings and draw out relevant implications for development theory, policy and practice.

Master of International Development structure

You will successfully complete 180 credits (Coursework pathway) or 240 credits (Research pathway) by undertaking one of two pathways:

Coursework Pathway (Option A)

A) Both the courses below (60 credits):

  • 131.701 Development and Underdevelopment
  • 131.702 Development Management

B) Two of the courses below (60 credits):

  • 131.703 Gender and Development
  • 131.704 Sustainable Development
  • 131.706 Globalisation and Development
  • 131.707 Development Research Design
  • 131.708 Development Practicum

C) 131.897 Research Report (60 credits)

Research Pathway (Option B)

A) Both the courses below (60 credits):

  • 131.701 Development and Underdevelopment
  • 131.702 Development Management

B) Two of the courses below (60 credits):

  • 131.703 Gender and Development
  • 131.704 Sustainable Development
  • 131.706 Globalisation and Development
  • 131.707 Development Research Design
  • 131.708 Development Practicum

C) Both the courses below (120 credits):

  • 131.816 Thesis (Part I)
  • 131.817 Thesis (Part II)

Careers

A career in international development means providing others with the tools they need to enhance their quality of life, bringing happiness to communities in poverty.

Graduates work all over the world for organisations like Red Cross, World Vision and Caritas to provide humanitarian assistance, sustainable development, and peacekeeping. You could work as a development officer, foreign diplomat, development policy analyst, advisor in tourism, health, education, or agriculture, community affairs officer, monitoring and evaluation officer, human rights advisor or advocacy officer.

Postgraduate education will give you the skills you need for a satisfying and rewarding career.

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of International Development requires that you will:

  • meet the University admission requirements as specified; and shall have:
  • have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Development Studies, with a B grade average or above across the 200- and 300-level specialisation courses; or
  • have been awarded or qualified for any Bachelor’s degree, with a B grade average or above across the relevant 200- and 300-level courses, and have relevant field or industry experience of an appropriate kind and duration; or
  • have been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in International Development, or equivalent, with a B grade average or above.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 2, 2017
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