Postgraduate study in Pacific Studies

What you can study in Pacific Studies

You can take advanced courses and undertake your own research in areas such as:

  • Pacific politics, culture, health, economy, environment, society and history
  • Pacific languages, language teaching and linguistics
  • Interdisciplinary research and analysis of the Pacific and its peoples
  • Pacific indigenous knowledges, expressive and performing arts, and world-views
  • Migration, identity and transnational connections across the Pacific and Pacific Rim, especially in New Zealand

Entry requirements

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Pacific Studies

Either:

  • A major in Pacific Studies and a minor in one of: Anthropology, Art History, Education, English, History, Linguistics, Maori Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies.
  • A major in one of the subjects listed above and a minor in Pacific Studies.

Master of Arts in Pacific Studies

120-point (one-year) MA

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Pacific Studies with an average grade of B or higher, or approval of the Head of the Centre for Pacific Studies. There are higher requirements for some research options.

240-point (two-year) MA

Either:

  • A BA with a major in Pacific Studies and a minor in one of: Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Education, English, History, Linguistics, Māori Studies, Samoan, Sociology, Tongan, Women’s Studies.
  • A BA with a major in one of the subjects listed above and a minor in Pacific Studies.

You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major. You will need competency in a Pacific language equivalent to passes in COOKIS 201, SAMOAN 201, TONGAN 201, or equivalent. You may satisfy this requirement while enrolled for this programme.

Structuring your specialisation in Pacific Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Pacific Studies

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2018 BA(Hons) schedule for Pacific Studies

Master of Arts in Pacific Studies

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2018 MA schedule for Pacific Studies

Courses

Explore the courses you can take as part of a specialisation in Pacific Studies:

Postgraduate courses

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Pacific Studies, you can contact a Postgraduate Adviser.