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Master of Arts (Media Studies)

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  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

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Entry requirements

Full details can be viewed on the ‘regulations’ button.

Admission to this programme is open to students who have a completed BA degree with a major in Media Studies and at least a B grade average in the 200/300 major courses.

Students who have completed the following postgraduate qualifications may be eligible for direct entry to part two of the Master of Arts:

  • A completed Bachelor of Arts(Honours) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts endorsed in Media Studies. At least a B+ grade average is required for entry to the Research Pathway. A B grade average across the 700 level courses is required for entry to the Coursework Pathway.


  • Students who hold a Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Arts may be eligible to surrender the Diploma towards a Master’s degree and complete a total of 60/120 credits depending on course pathway. The maximum time-frame in which a qualification can be surrendered is five years from completion of that qualification.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Master of Arts (Media Studies) structure

Courses to the value of 180 credits consisting of 120 credits of taught courses and a Research Report (Coursework pathway) or a combination of taught courses and a 90-120 credit thesis (Research pathway) as outlined below. At least a B grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two - Coursework Pathway.

At least a B+ grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two - Research Pathway.

Students who successfully complete Part One but do not meet the minimum grade average for progression will exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.

This qualification may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.


All requirements for this programme must be completed within five years.

For eligibility for Distinction or Merit, all requirements must be completed within 18 months for full-time study or within four years for part-time study.

Note: not all courses are available in each semester.


All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

Part One

A) Subject courses - 120 credits (Coursework Pathway) or 60-90 credits (Research Pathway) selected from courses listed on the programme schedule.

Please refer to the ‘regulations’ button for a full list of all courses available in this programme. 

Part Two

B) Coursework Pathway (60 credits):
154.873 Research Report Media Studies (60)

C) Research Pathway (90-120 credits):
154.816 Thesis Media Studies Part I (60) and
154.817 Thesis Media Studies Part II (60)
154.881 Thesis Media Studies Part I (45) and
154.882 Thesis Media Studies Part II (45)

Note: Once a thesis has been commenced, students are required to be continuously enrolled until submission. If a student is unable to submit with their initial Part One/Part Two enrolment, they are required to re-enrol in Part Two (and pay fees) each semester until submission, up to the maximum time permitted for their qualification.

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