Why do Arts postgraduate study

Whether you're considering a new direction, focusing on a career goal or fulfilling a personal passion, postgraduate study will help you to enrich your skills and your future.

Go deeper

Postgraduate study is a unique opportunity to delve more deeply into an academic area that interests you or you enjoyed during your undergraduate degree. It can offer a rich and meaningful source of personal fulfilment. Advanced thinking, writing and researching in a subject you are passionate about opens the door to new ways of understanding the world and yourself.

Progress your career

As well as specialist subject knowledge, postgraduate study enables you to develop advanced capabilities in critical and creative thinking, written communication and cultural awareness. By deepening your interests and refining your skills at a higher level, you can gain a competitive edge and explore meaningful and rewarding career possibilities.

Choose a programme that suits you

From certificates and diplomas to Honours and Masters degrees, there are a wide range of postgraduate qualifications on offer. The programmes vary in timeframe, and if they're taught or research-based. 

A postgraduate taught programme enables you to acquire further specialist knowledge and theory and explore new and emerging fields of study. A postgraduate research programme is an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of a topic, undertake original research and practice, define and manage  a research project.

Explore which programme is right for you

Pursue a professional goal

We offer a number of profession-specific programmes in the following areas:

  • Conflict and Terrorism
  • Creative Writing
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Language Teaching
  • Professional Studies 
  • Public Policy
  • TESOL 
  • Translation

Our specialist programmes are designed to provide a foundation for entering the professional field or to upgrade your existing skills and knowledge if you’re already working in the industry.

Change direction

Your undergraduate major/s may provide a foundation for you to study a different but related area at postgraduate level. For example, a BA in Māori Studies and Sociology would give you a good foundation for a BA(Hons) in Development Studies.

Study flexibly

Most of our programmes can be studied part-time, and can be started in either Semester One or Two, allowing you to fit studying around work or other responsibilities.