Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2017 Late Year Term – 1 December
2018 Semester One – 26 February
Available locations
City
Points
120 or 240
Programme type
Postgraduate
Research options available

Programme overview

With more than 40 subjects available, you can specialise in an area that you find intellectually rewarding and personally meaningful.

For most subjects we offer both research and taught versions of the MA.

In a research masters you can contribute to the existing knowledge in your field by defining and managing a research project alongside some of New Zealand’s leading scholars.

In a taught masters you can deepen your knowledge in small classes with these leading scholars and complete a smaller research project such as a dissertation.

Read the full programme regulations for the Master of Arts in the University of Auckland Calendar.

Programme structure

A 120- or 240-point programme with research and taught options, depending on your chosen subject. The structure of your programme depends on the subject that you are studying.

Research (120-point)

  • Enter from a postgraduate degree
  • Usually consists of a 120-point thesis or research portfolio
  • Some subjects offer a combination of a 90-point thesis and 30 points from taught courses
  • You may be able to include up to 30 points from other subjects
  • One year full-time or up to two consecutive years part-time

Research (240-point)

  • Enter from an undergraduate degree
  • A combination of advanced taught courses and a thesis or research portfolio
  • You may be able to include up to 60 points from other subjects
  • Two consecutive years full-time or up to four consecutive years part-time

Taught (120-point)

  • Enter from a postgraduate degree
  • Advanced taught courses
  • A small research project such as a dissertation, usually worth 45 points
  • You may be able to include up to 30 points from other subjects
  • One year full-time or up to two consecutive years part-time
  • Only available in selected subjects

Taught (240-point)

  • Enter from an undergraduate degree
  • Advanced taught courses
  • A small research project such as a dissertation, usually worth 45 points
  • Two consecutive years full-time or up to four consecutive years part-time
  • Available in most subjects

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Taught 120 points GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

  • Taught 240 points GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Arts

  • Research 120 points GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

  • Research 240 points GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Arts

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You need to have completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in your intended subject, with a GPA of 5 or higher over the programme.

Some subjects have specific courses that you need to have completed, you can find these in the MA Schedule.

You need to have completed a Bachelor of Arts, including the prerequisites for your intended subject, as detailed in the Schedule for the MA, with a GPA of 5 or higher in 45 points above Stage II in that subject.

Prerequisites are usually a major in your intended subject, but some subjects have more specific requirements.

If you are one course away from completing your BA, you may be able to complete this course during the first semester of your 240-point MA study.

You need to have completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in your intended subject, with a GPA of 5 or higher over the programme.

Some subjects have specific courses that you need to have completed, you can find these in the MA Schedule.

You need to have completed a Bachelor of Arts, including the prerequisites for your intended subject, as detailed in the Schedule for the MA, with a GPA of 5 or higher in 45 points above Stage II in that subject.

Prerequisites are usually a major in your intended subject, but some subjects have more specific requirements.

If you are one course away from completing your BA, you may be able to complete this course during the first semester of your 240-point MA study.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the GPA requirement, the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts is an appropriate pathway to the 120-point Master of Arts.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Taught 120 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Taught 240 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • Research 120 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Research 240 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System 6.5

    • No bands less than 6.0.
    • Translation Studies specialisation has a higher requirement.

    See alternative English language requirements

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You need to have completed a postgraduate qualification, following an undergraduate degree, from a recognised university (or similar institution) in a similar discipline to your intended subject. You will require a GPE of 5.0.

To enrol in the Translation Studies specialisation you need to have an IELTS Academic overall score of 7.0 with no bands less than 6.5.

You need to have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in a similar discipline to your intended subject. You will require a GPE of 5.0.

To enrol in the Translation Studies specialisation you need to have an IELTS Academic overall score of 7.0 with no bands less than 6.5.

You need to have completed a postgraduate qualification, following an undergraduate degree, from a recognised university (or similar institution) in a similar discipline to your intended subject. You will require a GPE of 5.0.

You need to have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in a similar discipline to your intended subject. You will require a GPE of 5.0.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the GPE requirement, the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts is an appropriate pathway to the 120-point Master of Arts.

How much does a Master of Arts cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,253 – $8,914*
International students
NZ$32,392 – $38,062*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

Key dates

Semester two admission may not be available for some subjects.

Applications for the MA in Psychology close on 1 December.

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

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

Where could this programme take you?

The MA is an effective way to take your knowledge and transferable skills to the next level. Our graduates have combined skills in strategic and critical thinking with global and cultural awareness for careers in fields such as government, international development, museums and cultural heritage, media production, research and policy.

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