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Entry requirements

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Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts is open to students who meet the University admission requirements and have completed one of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major or equivalent in the intended postgraduate subject;
  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minor in the intended postgraduate subject, followed by a Graduate Certificate in Arts endorsed in the intended postgraduate subject;
  • A Bachelor's degree followed by a Graduate Diploma in Arts endorsed in the intended postgraduate subject.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

Students select taught courses from one of the following subject areas:
Defence Studies
Geographic Information Systems
Maori Studies
Media Studies
Social Anthropology
Social Policy

Postgraduate Certificate in Arts structure

Time Limits

The Postgraduate Certificate in Arts is to be completed within two years.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

60 credits from one of the following schedules:

Defence and Security Studies subject courses:

149.701 The New Zealand Strategic Environment
149.704 Leadership management and Command
149.707 The Middle East Security Environment
149.709 Terrorism, Insurgency and Transnational Crime
149.710 Military History
149.716 Security of China as a Great Power
149.725 International Security and Peacekeeping
149.732 Public International Law for Defence and Security
149.741 Intelligence in the International Security Environment
149.744 intelligence Operations
149.760 Defence and Security Technology
149.770 Border Management in the Contemporary Security Environment
149.790 Research Methods in Defence and Security Studies

Economics subject courses:

125.785 Research methods in Economics and Finance
178.702 Macroeconomics
178.703 The Theory and Practice of Economics
178.712 international Monetary Economics
178.713 Microeconomics
178.718 Health Economics
178.732 Advanced Econometrics
178.755 Economic Growth, International and Development Economics
178.775 The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation

Education subject courses:

267.782 Quantitative Research in Educations (15 credits)
267.783 Qualitative Research in Education (15 credits)
254.702 Facing Big Questions in Education
254.744 Educational Issues Among Pacific Islands Peoples in New Zealand
254.773 Educational Policy Analysis
254.774 Evaluation of Educational Organisations
254.775 Management of Human Resources in Educational Organisations
261.765 Trends in E-Learning
263.704 Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning
265.737 Young Children and Their Families
269.733 Mana Motuhake: contemporary Issues in Maori and Indigenous Education

English subject courses:

At least 30 credits from:
139.703 Critical and Creative Research
139.707 Women, Desire and Narrative
139.710 Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of Writing
139.724 Literary Revolutions: Romantic and Victoria Literature
139.728 Early Modern Metadrama: Vices and Devices
139.750 Contemporary New Zealand Writers in an International Context
139.752 Aotearoa New Zealand Drama and Performance
139.757 Twentieth-Century New Zealand Fiction: Texts and Theories
139.758 Postcolonial Theory and Writing

List B subject courses (No more than 30 credits permitted)
139.763 Community Theatre
139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing
154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media

Geography subject courses:

145.710 Consumption and Place
145.711 Foundations in Human Geography
145.712 Frontiers in Human Geography
145.730 Applied Coastal Geomorphology (15 credits)
145.731 Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (15 credits)
145.732 Landslide Investigation and Management (15 credits)
145.734 Paleoecology, Palynology and Biogeography (15 credits)
145.735 Detecting Geomorphic Change (15 credits)
145.736 Advanced Physical Geography Techniques (15 credits)
233.721 Global Climate Change (15 credits)

Geographic Information Systems subject courses:

132.738 GIS Principles and Applications
132.740 Geographic Information Systems Programming and Practice
189.761 Applied Remote Sensing
157 or 159 prefix course

History subject courses:

148.720 Advanced Historiography
148.730 Advanced Historical Methodology

Māori Studies subject courses:

150.701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development
50.702 Mauri Ora: Māori Mental Health
150.710 T Reo Whakawhitiwhiti: The Language of Everyday Communication
150.711 Te Tau-Ihu o te Reo: Advanced Māori Literature
150.714 Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies
150.715 Taonga Tuku Iho: Heritage Aotearoa

Media Studies subject courses:

154.701 Modern and Postmodern Visual Cultures
154.702 Advanced Film Studies
154.704 Researching Media and Cultural Studies
154.707 The World of Noir
154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media
154.709 Technology and Cultural Change
154.719 Media, Entertainment and Ethics
154.747 Media Practice and Global Culture
219.705 Advanced News Media Processes

Philosophy subject courses:

134.710 Philosophical Research
134.740 Advanced Study of Philosophical Topics
134.750 Advanced Study of Philosophical Texts
134.760 Advanced Philosophical Inquiry

Politics subject courses:

150.701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Maori Development
176.702 Advanced Social Inquiry
200.761 International Relations: Theory and Practice
200.762 Presidents and Prime Ministers
219.708 Political Communication

Psychology subject courses:

175.718 Postmodernism and Psychology
175.719 Applied Criminal Psychology (capped course - limited places available)
175.720 Advanced Psychology of Women
175.721 Child and Family Therapy (capped course - limited places available)
175.722 Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology (capped course - limited places available)
175.725 Advanced Social Psychology (30 credits)
175.729 Psychology and Culture
175.730 Professional Practice in Psychology (capped course - limited places available)
175.732 Psychological Well-being in Organisations
175.733 Culture at Work
175.734 Child Clinical Neuropsychology (capped course - limited places available)
175.737 Occupational Psychology
175.738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design
175.739 Health Psychology: Understanding Health and Illness
175.740 Occupational Health Psychology
175.741 Psychological Assessment in Organisations
175.743 Health Psychology: The Social Context
175.744 Health Psychology: Promoting Health
175.746 Psychological Research: Multivariate Data Analysis
175.747 The Psychology of Sport and Exercise
175.748 The Psychology of Organisational Change
175.751 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (capped course - limited places available)
175.761 Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (capped course - limited places available)
175.781 Clinical Psychopathology (capped course - limited places available)
175.782 Clinical Psychology Assessment (capped course - limited places available)
175.783 Clinical Psychology Interventions (capped course - limited places available)

Note: selection for places in capped courses is undertaken in January each year. Applicants who are initially unsuccessful in securing a place in a capped course or who apply after selection are welcome to apply to waitlist for possible vacancies via the Courses overview page, which is accessible from the Qualifications and courses tab.

Social Anthropology subject courses:

146.701 Contemporary Approaches in Anthropological Theory
146.703 The Practice of Anthropology

Social Policy subject courses:

132.741 Long-Term Community Planning
179.702 Advanced Research Methods
179.711 Special Topic
179.783 Maori Development and the Social Services
279.701 Social Policy and Political Economy
279.703 Social Policy Studies

Sociology subject courses:

176.701 Current Issues and Theories
176.702 Advanced Social Inquiry
176.711 Sociology of Underdevelopment
176.715 Culture and New Zealand Society
176.718 Environmental Sociology

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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