Postgraduate study

There are a range of postgraduate study options offered by Te Kawa a Māui, including diplomas, Honours, Master’s and PhD programmes.

Te Kawa a Māui offers postgraduate programmes in a number of disciplines.

Subjects

Māori Studies

Build your ability to make a difference for Māori and boost your career with postgraduate Māori Studies.

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Arts (GDipArts)

The GDipArts is designed as a pathway for students to do study in a discipline that they did not major in at undergraduate level. On completion of the GDipArts students may be able to enrol in the Māori Studies Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) or Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) programmes.

For further information on the requirements and application process, please refer to the GDipArts page on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' website. Students interested in this option should contact the Head of School or Postgraduate Coordinator to discuss and plan their programme.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts)

The PGDipArts is offered in Māori Studies only. It is intended for students eligible to study at 400 level, but not wishing to undertake the research component required for a BA(Hons). Entry to the PGDipArts requires the same average grade as for a Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

For further information refer to the Postgraduate Diploma of Arts.

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons))

Students who have completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a Māori Studies major may apply for entrance to a BA(Hons) in Māori Studies. The Honours degree differs from undergraduate programmes in that the four courses that comprise the degree are evaluated as a whole.

Entry to Honours study is normally based on achievement of at least a B average grade in the points that are relevant to the proposed Honours study.

For further information refer to the Bachelor of Arts with Honours or contact the Postgraduate Coordinator.

Master of Arts in Māori Studies (MA)

The courses offered in the Master's programme will give students indepth knowledge and understanding of the historical foundations and contemporary formations of Māori society, i.e. its history, arts, language and culture. The programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to develop research skills with an emphasis on their respective areas of interest.

The programme generic objectives are to enable students to:

  • think and write critically
  • develop capacity for independent study and learning
  • refine skills in seminar presentation and oral debate
  • be familiar with the standards required of scholarly articles
  • learn to construct and de-construct positions in respect of Māori issues
  • familiarise students with the range of perspectives in Māori issues
  • develop an understanding of theories relevant to a discourse in Māori issues
  • provide students with skills to enable them to participate in the scholarly and public discourse relating to Māori.

A variety of delivery methods are employed depending on the nature of the course. Some courses are taught wānanga style during the weekends. Other courses are offered during the trimester and in the evening. Students also have the option to engage in culture courses in either te reo Māori or English.

For further information on the requirements and application process, please refer to the Master of Arts 120 points. Students interested in this option should contact the Head of School or Postgraduate Coordinator to discuss and plan their programme.

Master of Arts in Second Language Learning and Teaching (MA)

The Master of Arts in Second Language Learning and Teaching is a 180-point degree offered jointly by the School of Languages and Cultures, Te Kawa a Māui, and the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, through a combination of 400 level (30-point) and 500 level (15-point) courses.

For further information on the requirements and application process, please refer to the MA in Second Language Learning and Teaching page on the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies' website.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD is the highest degree awarded by the University. The thesis is expected to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge and understanding in a particular field.

For more information and the requirements and application process, please refer to the PhD page on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' website.

Students interested in a PhD should also contact the Head of School or Postgraduate Coordinator to discuss and plan their programme.

Contact

If you are interested in undertaking postgraduate study in our School, please contact our Postgraduate Coordinator Dr Awanui Te Huia