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Massey University Masters Degrees in International Relations

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Be a force for peace in the world. Advance your security career with the Master of International Security. Read more

Be a force for peace in the world

Advance your security career with the Master of International Security.

The Master of International Security is a multidisciplinary course of study drawing on international relations, strategic studies, political science, religion, area studies, political and human geography, and military history.

Fast-track your qualification and your career

The Master of International Security is a 180-credit course. It is right for you if you have completed an appropriate bachelor degree or equivalent and have extensive professional experience in the security sector If you want to develop skills in security management, this is the programme for you. Security management is an increasingly important dimension of government and public policy, with direct benefit to economic security and social wellbeing, so your skills will be in demand.

Follow your own interests

In the Master of International Security you will learn the principles, theory and practice of international security. You will also carry out independent research and planning in a security context. Our committed and supportive staff will encourage you to pursue your intellectual and professional interests and develop your own area of specialisation. You will also benefit from our close relationships with partner agencies in the security sector. Questions that you will consider on this programme include:

  • What geopolitical forces shape the international security environment?
  • What are the historical, geographical and political dynamics that have shaped New Zealand's strategic environment?
  • What are the causes, key protagonists and consequences of differing types of political violence?
  • What are the challenges to intervention, peace and stabilisation operations?
  • Does statebuilding work?
  • What are the new emerging threats to international security?

You will gain advanced knowledge in contemporary international security theory and practice; understanding of interagency perspectives; and analytical and communications skills appropriate to the security context.


With the Master of International Security you can expect to advance your career in the security sector in government and non-government agencies, and contribute to international security operations.

This programme will prepare you for a role in any of the fields below:

  • Analysing regional politics
  • Border security
  • Conflict resolution
  • Customs work
  • Police work
  • Defence forces
  • Peacekeeping
  • Policy analysis
  • Truce monitoring
  • Management
  • Planning
  • Politics
  • Risk management

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Help solve the world’s development problems. Broaden your knowledge of the world’s key development issues to shape a positive future for those in need. Read more

Help solve the world’s development problems

Broaden your knowledge of the world’s key development issues to shape a positive future for those in need.

Development studies at Massey is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2017.

Advance straight from your bachelor’s degree

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


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

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