Postgraduate Diploma in International Development

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in International Development requires you to have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Development Studies, or equivalent (eg BA in International Relations, Social Anthropology or Sociology), with a minimum B- average across the 300 level courses.

You may also apply if you have any Bachelor’s degree with a B- average across the 300-level courses along with relevant field or industry experience of an appropriate kind and duration. Please note that field experience includes:

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

You will need to provide your curriculum vitae outlining your experience.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


This qualification has replaced the Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies.

Students who commenced study towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies prior to 1 January 2015 will transfer to the Postgraduate Diploma in International Development.

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To find out how to plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete this programme, please click on the regulations button. This will display regulatory information for this programme.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search or contact Programme Coordinator of Development Studies Regina Scheyvens:

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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