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
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught & research options available

Programme overview

The Master of Taxation Studies (MTaxS) is designed for both law and commerce graduates who intend to make tax advocacy or tax consulting their career and who wish to extend their understanding of the theoretical issues and legal structures that underpin the taxation system.

This programme is an opportunity for graduates to develop, and for practitioners to update and hone, their knowledge of tax law. Courses are scheduled to take into account work commitments and 15-point courses are all taught intensively over three consecutive days (normally Thursday to Saturday).

The focus of the MTaxS programme is on tax law, with the technical issues explained by academics and practitioners in the field. The courses cover predominantly legislation and case law applicable to taxation, but also draw from disciplines such as economics and accounting.

Pending approval, a new 180-point MTaxS option will be available to professionals with a three-year degree. For more information contact our Postgraduate Adviser Angela Vaai.

Programme structure

Students can study full-time or part-time to allow flexibility for those with other professional or personal commitments.

The 120-point taught masters can be completed within two consecutive semesters (one year full-time) or up to eight consecutive semesters (four years part-time).

The 120-point research masters can be completed within two consecutive semesters (one year full-time) or up to four consecutive semesters (two years part-time).

MTaxS by coursework (taught):

120 points of taught courses

OR

90 points of taught courses and a 30-point dissertation

OR

105 points of taught courses and 15-point supervised research paper

All three options are to be completed in one year full-time or up to four years part-time.

MTaxS by research (90-point thesis):

Up to 30 points of taught courses, dissertation or supervised research paper and a 90-point thesis (30,000 words)

  • To be completed in one year full-time or up to two years part-time.

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 4.0

    Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), Bachelor of Laws, or Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

  • Research 120 points GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

    Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), Bachelor of Laws, or Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:
  • You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BCom(Hons)), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons))

or

  • You will need to possess an appropriate background in taxation. For example if you have completed a Bachelor of Commerce and have appropriate experience in tax or accounting practice you may be considered for entry.

You will need to have achieved a GPA of 4.0 or higher in your last year of equivalent full-time study.

  • You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BCom(Hons)), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons))

or

  • You will need to possess an appropriate background in taxation. For example if you have completed a Bachelor of Commerce and have appropriate experience in tax or accounting practice you may be considered for entry.

You will need to have achieved a GPA of 4.0 or higher in your last year of equivalent full-time study.

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 4.0

    One year of postgraduate study in business or a four-year undergraduate law degree

  • Research 120 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0

    One year of postgraduate study in business or a four-year undergraduate law degree

  • IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System 7.0

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed either:

  • one year of postgraduate study in business, following an undergraduate degree at a recognised university

or

  • a four-year undergraduate law degree at a recognised university

or

  • you will need to possess an appropriate background in taxation. For example if you hold an undergraduate business degree and have appropriate experience in tax or accounting practice you may be considered for entry.

You will need to have achieved a GPE of 4.0 or higher in your last year of equivalent full-time study.

You must have completed either:

  • one year of postgraduate study in business, following an undergraduate degree at a recognised university

or

  • a four-year undergraduate law degree at a recognised university

or

  • you will need to possess an appropriate background in taxation. For example if you hold an undergraduate business degree and have appropriate experience in tax or accounting practice you may be considered for entry.

You will need to have achieved a GPE of 4.0 or higher in your last year of equivalent full-time study.

How much does a Master of Taxation Studies cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$17,543*
International students
NZ$32,392*

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.

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

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

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017
Semester Two 2018
4 July 2018

Start dates

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Other important dates

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Where could this programme take you?

Inclusion of a major in Taxation as a specialist subject in your degree offers a range of professional possibilities. Tax as a career is less subject to the normal business cycles, and demand for tax professionals is always strong.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Academic
  • Barrister and solicitor
  • Inland Revenue official
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax practitioner in private practice, commerce or industry
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