16 months
21576 USD/year
5453 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Increase your expertise and make a positive contribution to development practice around the world. Examine the theories and practices associated with inequalities in world development, and investigate the enormous differences between the living standards of people worldwide and what we can do about them. The Development Studies programme is offered at the Victoria University of Wellington .


Key facts

Postgraduate Development Studies programme offered at the Victoria University of Wellington is designed to suit people from a wide range of disciplines and occupations. If you have work experience in community and international development, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, or want to work in the area in the future, postgraduate Development Studies is a good choice for you.

Overseas research opportunities

You'll be encouraged to spend some time in a developing country as part of your postgraduate study—you can complete your Master's thesis based on your work in a developing country.

Past research has been done in countries such as Cambodia, Chile, the Cook Islands, Indonesia, Laos, Peru, the Philippines, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental change
  • Gender equity
  • Globalisation
  • Human rights
  • Inequality
  • International aid
  • Participation and democracy
  • Poverty

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 16 months
  • Part-time
    • 32 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree with an average grade of B+ or higher.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    21576 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28768 USD for the full programme during 16 months.
  • National

    5453 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7271 USD for the full programme during 16 months.
  • Estimated international fees  : NZ$39,771 per year
  • Estimated domestic fees : NZ$10,052 per year

Living costs for Wellington

1000 - 2300 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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