Va'aomanū Pasifika offers a range of postgraduate study options, including graduate and postgraduate diplomas, Honours, Master’s and PhD programmes.
Build a more profound understanding of the Pacific’s past influences and future possibilities, and develop the expertise to make your own contribution
The GDipArts in Pacific Studies or Samoan Studies/Fa'asamoa 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 a GDipArts in Pacific Studies students may be able to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) in Pacific Studies.
For further information on the requirements and application process, please refer to the GDipArts page on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' website.
The PGDipArts is offered in Pacific 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.
Students who have completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a Pacific Studies major and a B average may apply for entrance to a BA(Hons) in Pacific Studies. Students will also need minimum competence in one Pacific Language (eg. Samoan, Māori or French). The subject requirements for a BA(Hons) in Pacific Studies are PASI 489 and 90 points from PASI 401-488. The Honours degree differs from undergraduate programmes in that the four courses that comprise the degree are evaluated as a whole.
The programme in Pacific Studies emphasises a comparative approach to research. We encourage our postgraduate students to engage with more than one ethnic group or historical era, and from this comparative base we aim to develop our collective capacity to critically analyse institutions and processes in the Pacific.
To enter our MA programme a BA(Hons) in Pacific Studies or related field is required. Students entering the MA from disciplines other than Pacific Studies, or from other universities, may be required to participate in reading groups or seminars to orient them to the philosophy and culture of Pacific Studies at Victoria.
For further information on the requirements and application process, please refer to the Master of Arts 120 points.
The PhD is the highest degree awarded by the University. Victoria offers the opportunity for intending PhD candidates who are established researchers to apply for permission to submit a thesis based on previously published work. The thesis is expected to make substantial 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.
The Postgraduate Coordinator for Pacific Studies is April Henderson.
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