MA and PhD

Gain insight into what you might study as a MA or PhD candidate by learning what topics the Centre’s academic staff specialise in.

Academic staff research areas

Three eminent scholars offer supervision on a variety of topics. These topics include, but are not limited to:

Associate Prof Anna Green

  • Twentieth-century New Zealand social and cultural history
  • Memory and history: oral histories, public history, historical consciousness
  • microhistories 

Prof Richard Hill

  • Policing and social control in New Zealand 1840-1940
  • Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty-based settlement processes
  • Crown-Maori relations 1840 to present
  • Labour movement history in New Zealand

Prof Lydia Wevers

  • New Zealand literature
  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • New Zealand cultural studies.

Master of Arts

The course of study for the Master of Arts (MA) consists of a satisfactory thesis worth 120 points. The Stout Research Centre offers MA supervision in the following subject areas: History, New Zealand Studies and New Zealand Literature. Applicants must have completed a BA(Hons) in the relevant subject area or in an approved discipline. Entry is usually restricted to those students awarded a first or upper-second class Honours degree although applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Intending MA applicants should contact the Director of the Stout Research Centre, Professor Lydia Wevers lydia.wevers@vuw.ac.nz, to discuss their plans. Applicants will be asked to submit a written proposal. This proposal should be a minimum of one page in length, and cover the aim of the project, methods of study, ethical considerations and resource requirements. All proposals must be approved by the Research Committee

Further information about the MA, including the Master's Guidelines, can be found on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' website.

Master of Arts in New Zealand Literature

This is a degree available to students who have already completed a BA(Hons) degree at Victoria or its equivalent. It is offered by the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies and the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies.

The Master of Arts in New Zealand Literature is a specialised degree designed to foster research in New Zealand literature by using Wellington's uniquely rich resources for New Zealand studies and drawing on Victoria’s extensive expertise in New Zealand Literature and related areas. For further information contact Professor Lydia Wevers.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Supervision of research for a PhD is offered in History, New Zealand Studies, and New Zealand Literature.

Intending candidates should begin by making informal contact with the Director of the Stout Centre, Professor Lydia Wevers lydia.wevers@vuw.ac.nz. At this stage candidates will need to supply:

  • Academic background information, particularly showing evidence of prior research experience
  • A curriculum vitae
  • As much detail as possible about the proposed area of research
  • Details of any funding which has been obtained or which is being sought, for example, scholarships.

Applications to enrol in a PhD at Victoria are submitted through the Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR). The Faculty website provides admission and scholarship application forms and information on all stages of PhD study. There will be three deadlines for all PhD applications to be considered.  The dates are 1 March, 1 July and 1 November.  Students may complete an application form and speak with prospective supervisors prior to the deadline, but their application must be submitted through the FGR and formal acceptance into the programme will be made after the deadline.

Information about the PhD can also be found on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' website.