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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Master of Arts
MA

Qualification Regulations

Part I

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

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Master of Arts requires that the candidate:

(a) meets the University admission requirements as specified;

and shall have:

(b) been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in the intended postgraduate subject with at least a B grade average across the 200-300 level specialisation courses; or equivalent; or

(c) been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a subject in the intended postgraduate subject, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts with an endorsement in the intended postgraduate subject, or an equivalent qualification, with at least a B+ grade average across the 700-level courses for entry to the Research Pathway or a B grade average across the 700-level courses for entry to the Coursework Pathway.

2. Notwithstanding Regulation 1(b), in order to be admitted to the Psychology subject, candidates must have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology having achieved at least a B grade average in the 300-level Psychology specialisation courses, or equivalent.

Qualification Requirements

3. Candidates for the Master of Arts shall follow a parts-based programme of study totalling at least 180 credits, comprising:

(a) completion of Part One and Part Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Qualification;

(b) completion of a subject.

4. Notwithstanding Regulation 3, candidates admitted under Regulation 1(c) may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

Specialisations

5. Candidates for the Degree of Master of Arts must complete the requirements for one subject.

6. The requirements for each subject are set out in the Schedule for the Qualification.

7. Subjects available are: Defence and Security Studies, Economics, Education, English, Geography, History, Māori Knowledge, Media Studies, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Second Language Teaching, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Sociology and Spanish.

Student Progression

8. For progression to Part Two in the Master of Arts (Coursework Pathway), candidates must have achieved at least a B grade average in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One.

9. For progression to Part Two in the Master of Arts (Research Pathway), candidates must have achieved at least a B+ grade average in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One.

10. Candidates who do not meet the criteria for progression to Part Two, but who have achieved at least a C grade average in the first 60 credits of courses in Part One, may transfer to the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.

11. In cases of sufficient merit the Degree of Master of Arts may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

Completion Requirements

12. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

13. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes. Candidates who do not meet the requirements for progression from Part One to Part Two, or who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Academic Progress

14. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

15. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Study provisions specified in the Part I regulations to the degree, candidates who commenced study towards the Politics and International Relations subject prior to 01 January 2021 may elect to be awarded the alternative specialisation title of Politics on completion. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2023.

Schedule for the Master of Arts

Subjects

Defence and Security Studies (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

Compulsory course

294790 Research Methods in Defence and Security Studies 30 credits

Subject courses

294701 New Zealand National Security 30 credits

294704 Command, Leadership and Management 30 credits

294709 Terrorism 30 credits

294711 Theories in Defence and Security 30 credits

294712 Economic and Environmental Security 30 credits

294713 Counter-Terrorism 30 credits
R 149740

294715 Asia-Pacific Security Environment 30 credits

294716 Securing Mobility in an Uncertain World 30 credits

294717 Human Security in Application 30 credits

294741 Intelligence in the International Security Environment 30 credits

294744 Intelligence Operations 30 credits

294798 Research Report (30) 30 credits
R 294799

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

294873 Research Report Defence and Security Studies (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

294881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

294882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 294881

294883 Thesis 90 credits

294891 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

294892 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 294891

294894 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

294895 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 294894

294899 Thesis 120 credits

Economics (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (60 credits)

30 credits from

125785 Research and Analytics in Economics and Finance 30 credits

178732 Advanced Econometrics 30 credits
P 125785 or any 300-level Econometrics course

Subject courses

178703 The Theory and Practice of Economics 30 credits
R ' 178200 & 178201', or their equivalent(s)

178712 International Monetary Economics 30 credits
P 178703 or 125700 or 125330 or Appraisal Required

178718 Health Economics 30 credits

178719 Climate Change Economics and Policy 30 credits

178755 Economic Growth, International and Development Economics 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

178894 Research Report 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (120 credits from)

178897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

178898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 178897

178899 Thesis 120 credits

Education (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

254702 Facing Big Questions in Education 30 credits

254744 Educational Issues Among Pacific Islands Peoples in New Zealand 30 credits

254773 Educational Policy Analysis 30 credits

254774 Evaluation of Educational Organisations 30 credits

254775 Management of Human Resources in Educational Organisations 30 credits

261765 Trends in Digital Education 30 credits

263704 Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning 30 credits

265737 Young Children and Their Families 30 credits

267782 Quantitative Research in Education 15 credits
R 267720; 267788; 267723; 267780

267783 Qualitative Research in Education 15 credits
R 267720; 267723; 267780; 267788

269733 Mana Motuhake: Contemporary Issues in Māori & Indigenous Education 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

267860 Professional Inquiry 60 credits
P One of 267740, 267741, 267782, 267783 R 267871

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

267871 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
P Two of 267740, 267741, 267782, 267783 R 267899

267872 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 267871 R 267899

267880 Thesis 90 credits
P Two of 267740, 267741, 267782, 267783 R 180791, 180898, 186894, 267881, 267882

267881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits
P Two of 267740, 267741, 267782, 267783; all of 249744, 258722, 256754, 256755 and 267781 for MEdPsych R 180897, 186891, 186892, 186893, 187892, 267880

267882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 267881 R 267880

267899 Thesis 120 credits
P Two of 267740, 267741, 267782, 267783 R 267871, 267872

English (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

List A: Subject courses (At least 30 credits from)

139703 Critical and Creative Research 30 credits

139710 Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of Writing 30 credits

139724 Literary Revolutions: Romantic and Victorian Literature 30 credits

139728 Early Modern Drama: Form and Performance 30 credits

139750 Contemporary New Zealand Writers in an International Context 30 credits

139758 Postcolonial Theory and Writing 30 credits

List B: Subject courses (No more than 30 credits from)

139763 Community Theatre 30 credits

139765 New Directions in Creative Writing 30 credits

154708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

139873 Research Report English (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

139816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

139817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 139816

139881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

139882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 139881

139883 Thesis 90 credits

139899 Thesis 120 credits

Geography (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

145707 Economic Geography 30 credits

145710 Consumption and Place 30 credits

145711 Foundations in Human Geography 30 credits
R 145706

145712 Frontiers in Human Geography 30 credits
R 145701

145730 Applied Coastal Geomorphology 15 credits
R 145705

145731 Applied Fluvial Geomorphology 15 credits
R 145705

145732 Landslide Investigation and Management 15 credits
R 145705

145734 Paleoecology, Palynology and Biogeography 15 credits
R 145704

145735 Detecting Geomorphic Change 15 credits
R 145702

145736 Advanced Physical Geography Techniques 15 credits
R 145702

145739 GIS Principles and Applications 30 credits
R 132738

145740 GIS Programming and Practice 30 credits
P 132738 or 145739 R 132740

145799 Research Report (30) 30 credits

233721 Global Climate Change 15 credits
P 145320 or 233310 R 145704, 233702

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

145873 Research Report Geography (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

145881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

145882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 145881

145883 Thesis 90 credits

145897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

145898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 145897

145899 Thesis 120 credits

History (180 credits)

Research Pathway only

Part One: Compulsory courses (60 credits from)

148720 Advanced Historiography 30 credits

148730 Advanced Historical Methodology 30 credits

Part Two (120 credits from)

148816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

148817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 148816

148899 Thesis 120 credits

Māori Knowledge (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

Compulsory course

150714 Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies 30 credits

Subject courses

150701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30 credits

150702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement 30 credits

150710 Te Reo Whakawhitiwhiti: The Language of Everyday Communication 30 credits
P Appraisal Required

150711 Te Tau-Ihu o te Reo: Advanced Māori Literature 30 credits
P Appraisal Required

150715 Taonga Tuku Iho: Heritage Aotearoa 30 credits

150799 Research Report (30) 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

150873 Research Report Māori Studies (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

150816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

150817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 150816

150881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

150882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 150881

150883 Thesis 90 credits

150899 Thesis 120 credits

Media Studies (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

154701 Modern and Postmodern Visual Cultures 30 credits

154702 Advanced Film Studies 30 credits

154704 Researching Media and Cultural Studies 30 credits

154707 The World of Noir 30 credits

154708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media 30 credits

154709 Technology and Cultural Change 30 credits

154747 Media Practice and Global Culture 30 credits
P 154204 or 154224 or 154304

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

154873 Research Report Media Studies (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

154816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

154817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 154816

154881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

154882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 154881

154883 Thesis 90 credits

154899 Thesis 120 credits

Museum Studies (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

Compulsory course

150715 Taonga Tuku Iho: Heritage Aotearoa 30 credits

Subject courses

167742 Collection Management 30 credits

167743 Museum Management 30 credits

167744 Museums and the Public 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

167890 Advanced Research Practicum 60 credits

167896 Research Report Museum Studies (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

167816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

167817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 167816

167881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

167882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 167881

167883 Thesis 90 credits

167899 Thesis 120 credits

Philosophy (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (90 credits)

Compulsory course

134710 Philosophical Research 30 credits

Subject courses

134740 Advanced Study of Philosophical Topics 30 credits

134750 Advanced Study of Philosophical Texts 30 credits

134760 Advanced Philosophical Inquiry 30 credits

134799 Research Report (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

134873 Research Report Philosophy (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (90 credits from)

134816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

134817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 134816

134881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

134882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 134881

134883 Thesis 90 credits

134899 Thesis 120 credits

Politics and International Relations (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (90 credits)

Compulsory courses (30 credits from)

176702 Advanced Social Inquiry 30 credits

Compulsory course selection (At least 60 credits from)

200701 Advanced Political Thought 30 credits

200702 Comparative Politics 30 credits
R 200762

200761 International Relations: Theory and Practice 30 credits

Subject courses

131703 Gender and Development 30 credits

150701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

200873 Research Report Politics (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (90 credits from)

200881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

200882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 200881

200883 Thesis 90 credits

Psychology (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (60 credits)

Compulsory course

175738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design 15 credits

Subject courses

175718 Postmodernism and Psychology 15 credits

175719 Applied Criminal Psychology 15 credits

175720 Advanced Psychology of Women 15 credits

175721 Child and Family Therapy 15 credits

175722 Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology 15 credits

175724 Advanced Experimental Psychology 30 credits
P 175203 and either 175205 or 175206

175725 Advanced Social Psychology 30 credits

175729 Psychology and Culture 15 credits

175730 Professional Practice in Psychology 15 credits

175732 Psychological Well-being in Organisations 15 credits

175733 Sustainable Livelihood 15 credits

175734 Child Clinical Neuropsychology 15 credits

175737 Occupational Psychology 15 credits

175739 Health Psychology: Understanding Health and Illness 15 credits

175740 Occupational Health Psychology 15 credits

175741 Psychological Assessment in Organisations 15 credits

175743 Health Psychology: The Social Context 15 credits

175744 Health Psychology: Promoting Health 15 credits

175746 Psychological Research: Quantitative Data Analysis 15 credits

175747 The Psychology of Sport and Exercise 15 credits

175748 The Psychology of Organisational Change 15 credits

175750 Qualitative Methods in Psychology 15 credits

175751 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 15 credits

175761 Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 15 credits

175781 Understanding Mental Distress 15 credits

175782 Clinical Psychology Assessment 15 credits

175783 Clinical Psychology Interventions 15 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

175873 Research Report Psychology (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (120 credits from)

175894 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

175896 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
P C 175894

175899 Thesis 120 credits

Psychology - Health Psychology (180 credits)

Second Language Teaching (180 credits)

No new enrolments

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

272702 Second Language Learning Theories and Processes 30 credits

272703 Contemporary Approaches to Language Teaching Methodology 30 credits

272704 Contextualising Curriculum and Materials Design 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

272873 Research Report 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

272816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

272817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 272816

272881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

272882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 272881

272883 Thesis 90 credits

272899 Thesis 120 credits

Social Anthropology (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

Compulsory courses (60 credits from)

146701 Contemporary Approaches in Anthropological Theory 30 credits

146703 The Practice of Anthropology 30 credits

Subject courses (No more than 60 credits from)

146707 Reading and Writing Ethnography 30 credits

Coursework Pathway only

146708 Anthropology Today: Current Issues 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

146873 Research Report (60 credits) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

146816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

146817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 146816

146881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

146882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 146881

146883 Thesis 90 credits

146899 Thesis 120 credits

Social Policy (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (90 credits)

Compulsory courses (90 credits from)

179702 Advanced Research Methods 30 credits

279701 Social Policy and Political Economy 30 credits

279703 Social Policy Studies 30 credits

Subject courses

132741 Long-Term Community Planning 30 credits
R 132737 (2008 only)

179783 Māori Development and the Social Services 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

279873 Research Report Social Policy (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (90 credits from)

279881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

279882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 279881

279898 Thesis 90 credits

Sociology (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

Compulsory courses (60 credits from)

176701 Current Issues and Theories 30 credits

176702 Advanced Social Inquiry 30 credits

Subject courses

176704 Working Sociologically: An Advanced Practicum 30 credits

176718 Environmental Sociology 30 credits

176799 Research Report (30) 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

176873 Research Report Sociology (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

176816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

176817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 176816

176881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

176882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 176881

176883 Thesis 90 credits

176899 Thesis 120 credits

Spanish (180 credits)

No new enrolments

Part One: Research Pathway only (90 credits from)

Compulsory courses

245700 Advanced Spanish Communication 30 credits

245701 Latin American Cultural Identities 30 credits

245702 Hispanic Postcolonial Representations 30 credits

Part Two (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

245816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

245817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 245816

245881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

245882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 245881

245883 Thesis 90 credits

245899 Thesis 120 credits