Learn to look at the world from a new perspective
With the Graduate Certificate in Arts (History), you can study history without completing a second bachelor’s degree.
- Graduate, NZQF Level 7
- Auckland, Manawatū
- 0.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Not all courses offered at all campuses or in any one year.
The Graduate Certificate in Arts (History) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of 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.
Through history we can understand our past, explain our present and be better equipped to predict the future. There are lots of choices - pick what interests you.
Shape your graduate certificate 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 you could explore your own particular interests.
Relevant to the past, present and future of New Zealand
At Massey, our history programme is focused on New Zealand’s place in the world. We have the strongest focus on New Zealand history of any university in the world and these themes are central to our academics’ research. 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.
Careers and further study
Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (History) prepares you for many career options, including:
- policy analysis
- research management
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Graduate Certificate in Arts (History) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
No endorsement option
- Courses from the Schedule – 60 credits
- Courses from one endorsement – 45 credits
- Course selected from the Schedule – 15 credits
This qualification is available with or without endorsement.
Ensure overall you have at least 45 credits at 300 level.
Courses for this specialisation
|No more than 15 credits from|
|148220||The Second World War||15|
|148221||The Black Death and Other Plagues, 1300-1700||15|
|148241||Revolution, Rights and the Atlantic World||15|
|148242||The Age of Chivalry and Crusades||15|
|148243||The Sixties: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll?||15|
|148244||The Great War 1914-1918: a Military and Social History||15|
|148245||Māori and Colonisation||15|
|148248||Reformers, Radicals & Revolutionaries: Protest in New Zealand||15|
|At least 30 credits from|
|148308||New Zealand Military History: 1899 to 2001||15|
|148309||The New Zealand Wars||15|
|148310||The Tudors and the Reformation||15|
|148316||New Zealand Between the Wars||15|
|148333||The Napoleonic Wars||15|
|148339||Court Culture in Late Medieval Europe||15|
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits per semester.
Not all courses will be offered at all campuses or in any one given year.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
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.
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.
Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.