POSTGRADUATE DEVELOPMENT STUDIES PROGRAM -  School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)

Postgraduate Development Studies Program


Development Studies is a trans-disciplinary postgraduate programme that examines how societies and people interact with accelerating global change, and enables students to engage in development issues and policy development. It focuses on the direction of social, economic and political transformation and the environmental consequences of changes wrought by global, regional and national forces and the policy responses to emerging challenges in Pacific island countries. The Programme also explores alternatives to current policy options and development trajectories. 

Development Studies began at USP in 1991. In 1997 it became a University Centre, and in 2003 joined the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance (PIAS-DG) and since the late 2009, Development Studies is a part of the School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA).  

The Development Studies Programme is globally recognized; many of our students receive scholarships from the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF), the European Union, Australia and New Zealand, as well as from the governments of USP member countries.

Students of Development Studies often choose careers in government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs); private sector and research institutes, and international organisations such as the United Nations (e.g. ILO, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNICEF), World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. 


Inquiries to: 

Associate Professor Manoranjan Mohanty 

Director of Development Studies Programme 

School of Government, Development and International Affairs 




The Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies (PGDDS) is a multi-disciplinary postgraduate programme that produces graduates able to assume creative leadership roles in shaping sustainable societies. The postgraduate diploma critically analyses ideas about governance, civil society, urbanisation, regionalism, and global institutions, and explores their relationships with development. In addition, the postgraduate diploma teaches students essential research skills needed for MA and PhD theses or for more general work-related research activities.

Admission  Requirements:

To be admitted in the PGDDS, a full-time candidate shall have a Bachelorís degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a GPA of at least 3.0. Candidates with GPA above 2.5 may be considered under unclassified/ postgraduate studies in exceptional cases. Consideration may be given to professional experience and related training in judging equivalence.

Programme Requirements:

The PGDDS consists of five courses.


DG400, DG410 (Core units), plus one of the following 400-level Development Studies courses: DG413, DG415, DG416, DG417, DG420, DG422 plus two 400-level elective courses chosen from any related fields.

Development Studies Programme Semester Courses



DG 400-Advanced Research Methodology

DG 400-Advanced Research Methodology

DG 410- Development Theories & Alternatives

DG 416- Development internship

DG 416- Development internship

DG 415- Urbanisation, Development & Urban Planning

DG 417-NGOs, Civil society & Development

DG 420- Regionalism & Policy  Development 

DG 422- Environmental Change & Green Development



∑         One year on a Full-time basis 

∑         Two years on a Part-time basis 

Recommended Course Load

∑         Full-time: two courses per semester 

∑         Part-time: one course per semester 

Please Note: You can only register for 2 courses per semester Fulltime and 1 course Part-time. 

Teaching delivery: 

Classes are held once a week in the evening (5.0 pm-7.30 pm). The class typically comprises a lecture and seminar presentation. 

Fee Cost (For Citizens of USP Member Countries) (2017)

F$1, 225 per course (Laucala), Tala 2,220 (Alafua)  



The Masterís programme consists of a thesis (DG700) or two postgraduate courses plus a Supervised Research Project (DG600) following the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies.


Admission Requirements:

(a) Any person who has been awarded a degree of Masterís by thesis in Development Studies or related field shall be eligible to apply for Ph. D and, if the application is approved, the candidate needs to be registered.

(b) A person can be admitted into a Doctor of Philosophy programme at the start of any semester in the year.


Application Procedure

1.   Download USP Postgraduate application form from: 

2.  Completed form to be submitted to: 

Research and Postgraduate Affairs 

Faculty of Business & Economics 

The University of the South Pacific 

Laucala Campus, Private Mail Bag 

Suva, FIJI 

Contact Persons:

1.Mr. Ilima Finiasi 

Assistant, Research and Postgraduate Affairs 

Faculty of Business and Economics 

Tel: (679)3231747 

2.Ms. Sonal Sharma

Administrative Assistant

Research and Postgraduate Affairs

Phone: (679) 323 2712

3. Ms. Prashila Narayan 


School of Government, Development and International Affairs 

Faculty of Business and Economics 

Tel: (679) 3232297 


4. Assoc. Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty

Director of Development Studies Programme 

School of Government, Development and International Affairs 

Tel: (679) 3232537


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