Graduate Diploma in Arts (History)

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Learn to look at the world from a new perspective

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (History) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in history without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

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What is it like?

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (History) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in history. You can then apply for a postgraduate qualification in history if you wish.

Understand the present by studying the past

History is a subject as large as our recorded past. Our cultural heritages, literature, arts, religions, politics, economics, social behaviours, buildings and landscapes all derive from past influences.

Studying history gives you an understanding of where we have been and how the world has changed. You’ll get an appreciation of how people have faced challenges at different times, with the benefit of hindsight.

Loads of choices - pick what interests you

Shape your graduate diploma around your interests. You can study one particular area, such as New Zealand and the Pacific, or a particular era, such as the medieval period, or the 20th century. You could focus on some themes, such as politics, social history, or just pick what takes your fancy. The breadth of courses offered lets you explore your own particular interests.

Relevant to the past, present and future of New Zealand

Through history we can understand our past, explain our present and be better equipped to predict the future. At Massey, our history programme is focused on New Zealand history and New Zealand’s place in the world. We have the strongest focus on New Zealand history of any university in the world and New Zealand themes are central to our academics’ research. This combination means you will graduate ready to shape the future of New Zealand.

Have access to top resources

Whether you study on campus or by distance, you’ll have the best resources at your fingertips. Your reading materials are engaging and available online 24/7. Class sizes are small to ensure you benefit from the wealth of knowledge that our academics have to offer.

Uncover your own historical stories

Our expertise expands across a variety of fields including medieval, military, British and European history. So no matter what you’re interested in, you’ll get the tools to tell the stories you want told.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in learning about how the past affects the way we live now
  • Enjoy subjects such as English, history and social studies
  • Are keen to know more about the history of a specific area or region

Careers

A Graduate Diploma in Arts (History) prepares you for many careers, including:

  • Archiving
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Policy analysis
  • Teaching
  • Research management
  • Administration
  • Media research
Join the engine of the new New Zealand

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