Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2019 Late Year Term – 1 December
2020 Semester One – 2 March
Available locations
City
Points
120 or 240
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught & research options available

Programme overview

The MA offers you a range of choices. There are research and taught degrees, one or two-year options depending on your entry qualification, and more than 40 subjects for study. Your academic background may enable you to study a subject different to that of your previous specialisation.  

The research masters gives you an exciting opportunity to contribute to the  knowledge in your field by completing a substantial research project alongside some of New Zealand’s leading scholars.

In a taught masters you can deepen your knowledge in small classes, enjoy close interaction with academic staff, and complete a smaller research project.

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

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2020 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.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

  • Study option
    Taught 240 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Arts

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

  • Study option
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    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.

You must also have an approved thesis topic and supervisor. Some subjects may require a higher GPA for enrolment into the thesis.

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.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Study option
    Taught 240 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Study option
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    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.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Master of Arts cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,545.60 – $9,274.80*
International students
NZ$35,035 – $42,814*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 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 $7.86 per point, estimated at $943.20 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.

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

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 2020
8 December 2019
Semester Two 2020
4 July 2020

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.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

The MA is an effective way to develop your knowledge and transferable skills to an advanced level. Our graduates have taken their capabilities in strategic and critical thinking, communication and cultural awareness into careers in government, international development, museums and cultural heritage, research and policy.

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