The School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations offers world-class, research-based programmes across its four disciplines.
The programmes are taught by academic staff who are recognised, both locally and globally, as leaders in their respective fields.
Our graduates are able to think critically and creatively, and communicate and lead effectively.
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The School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations offers a range of innovative and internationally recognised postgraduate qualifications.
Find out how the past—and the way we think and talk about it—has created the world we live in today. Gain professional skills in research, writing, communication and problem solving.Find out more
- New Zealand Studies
- Text Technologies
Consider questions about the nature of reality and the mind, ethical and artistic value, the structure of logical arguments, and even the meaning of life—while learning to develop and defend your own philosophical ideas.Find out more
Politics and International Relations
Politics is all about power—who has it, how they got it, what they do with it and how they share it. Get the tools to analyse and understand the political motivations at the root of the events shaping our world.Find out more
- International Relations
- Migration Studies
- Political Science
- Strategic Studies
"Stardust and Substance: the New Zealand General Election of 2017", edited by Professor Stephen Levine from the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, reflects on Jacinda Ardern’s extraordinary seven-and-a-half weeks’ campaign, defeating a National government in power for nine years.
Organised by master's by thesis students in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, the theme of the 13th Annual New Historians Conference was "Now That's What I Call History".
To mark 40 years of WSA/PAW conferences and 125 years of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa/New…
History Programme Seminar: Regional, autonomous and unorthodox: Fifty years of the University of the South Pacific
Regional, autonomous and unorthodox, were three of the guiding principles given by the founders of…
Asia’s geopolitics have changed fundamentally in the last decade, with the rise of China, India…