Subjects

History

Overview

Studying History gives you an insight into the forces that have shaped our world and ourselves. Study opportunities include New Zealand history, Māori and indigenous histories, pre-modern and modern Europe, American history and the histories of Asia, Australia and the Pacific.

Areas of study

Postgraduate study in History allows you to extend your skills and pursue specialised areas of historical research to suit your interests. You are encouraged to become familiar with current debates on the nature of History and with the major theoretical developments which have influenced the field in the past 20 years. Study and research opportunities reflect staff research expertise in History: New Zealand history - social, political and cultural; Māori history; modern US history; the Pacific Islands and their historical development; Australian history; Chinese, Japanese and South-East Asian history; European history - medieval, early modern and modern; thematic areas of history: sexuality, science and technology, medicine, gender, the environment, race, religion and film.

You can study History in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Opportunities for postgraduate study in history allow you to extend your skills in the field and pursue specialised research projects. You are also encouraged to become familiar with current historiographical debates on the nature of history as a discipline and with the major theoretical developments which have had an influence on the field in the past few decades.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have careers in government, the public service, teaching and libraries, and as researchers with the Waitangi Tribunal and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage/Te Manatu Taonga. Others have continued their study of History at institutions such as Harvard University and Oxford University.

More information

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