What will I learn?

Complete a second masters degree in an Arts subject.

Programme overview

The MLitt is an alternative to the PhD if you already have a masters degree and want to complete a substantial research project. You can complete an MLitt in most subjects offered by the Faculty of Arts, subject to approval and availability of supervision. You may be able to further your research interests in the same subject as your first masters degree, or undertake research in a new area.

Programme structure

120-point thesis

One year of full-time study or up to two years of consecutive part-time study

Development Studies:

Development Studies examines the transformation of communities and societies around the world while critically engaging with concepts and outcomes of international development from various perspectives.

Subject overview

Development Studies seeks to understand how societies, regions and communities change. The subject critically examines the policies and practices of governments, NGOs, international donors and other development agents to facilitate social transformation and improve the quality of life in so-called "developing" countries.

Our programme brings together students from diverse academic, professional and cultural backgrounds. Our high-quality academic training will give you a strong foundation to take on some of the most pressing issues facing humanity, such as hunger, poverty, social injustice and rising inequality.

Where could this programme take you?

An MLitt could be useful for a range of academic or professional careers, especially if you don’t want to undertake doctoral study.

Further study options

  • Doctor of Philosophy

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$40,306.00 (US$ 27,048) per year
Tuition fee: NZ $36,086 – NZ $44,526 (This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

University of Auckland

City Campus,

Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes Street,

AUCKLAND CITY,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a 120 point Masters degree: Normally this requires a completed bachelor honours degree or postgraduate diploma from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent postgraduate qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Admission to a 180 point Masters degree: This normally requires a completed bachelor degree or postgraduate certificate from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account. Admission to a 240 point Masters degree: This normally requires a completed bachelor degree from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account. GPE - Grade Point Equivalent: 4.0; IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85

For international students

You need to have completed a masters degree in any discipline from a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0 or higher.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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