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Master of International Development

  • Masters (Coursework)

In the Master of International Development, you'll learn 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.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Study Mode
Online, In person

About this course

In the Master of International Development, you'll learn 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. You'll identify strategies to help overcome poverty and enhance human wellbeing.

When you graduate from the Master of International Development you 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.

Entry requirements

To enter the Master of International Development 180 or 240 credits, you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Development Studies, or equivalent, with a minimum B average across the 200 and 300 level major courses, or
  • a bachelor's degree with a B average across the relevant 200 and 300 level courses and relevant field or industry experience of an appropriate kind and duration

Field experience includes:

  • voluntary work (eg refugee resettlement with Red Cross, or supporting a disadvantaged community group in New Zealand)
  • other relevant work or experience (eg a social worker, nurse or teacher in New Zealand or overseas)
  • specific development experience (eg an engineer who worked in Nepal).

In this instance you will need to provide your curriculum vitae outlining this experience.

Study locations

Manawatu

Online

Career pathways

You'll get the skills and experience to begin or progress your career in a wide range of government, NGO, multilateral and private sector spheres including organisations such as Red Cross, World Vision, the New Zealand Aid Programme, United Nations Development Program and Caritas.

Our graduates work all over the world providing humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and peace keeping. Careers include positions such as:

  • advisor in tourism, health, education or agriculture
  • advocacy officer
  • community affairs officer
  • monitoring and evaluation officer
  • foreign diplomat
  • human rights advisor
  • policy analyst.

Overseas students (from countries such as Brazil, Timor Leste, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Pakistan, Laos, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Philippines, Kenya and Tanzania) are typically junior to mid-career government employees or from NGOs, who are funded by NZAID and other scholarships.

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 master's graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives.

Credit for prior study or work

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

  • review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
  • contact us through the Enquire button on this page.