Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – BA(Hons)

Show your in-depth understanding of the arts and their application to the real world with Massey's Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Enhance your qualification and prospects with further study.

Type of qualification

Bachelor's degree with honours

Level of study

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.

NZQF level 8

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

Find out more about NZQF levels

Time to complete

1 year(s) full-time (120 credits)
Up to 3 years part-time
Part-time available

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand, or studying on-line out

Study a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – BA(Hons)

Delve deeper

With a BA (Hons) you will take advanced courses and research in either the subject you studied for your BA, GCertArts or GradDipArts.

An honours degree is a highly regarded qualification, showing your in-depth understanding of the arts and their application to the real world.

Why do your BA (Hons) at Massey?

Massey offers passionate and friendly lecturers, a world-class distance learning qualification and access to multi-media learning materials.

Further study

After your honours qualification you could go on to a Master of Arts (120 credits).

A BA(Hons) is a good fit if you:

  • want the flexibility to follow your passions
  • have wide-ranging interests
  • seek new solutions to world problems.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) you will have been awarded or qualified for a:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent qualification with a major in the intended postgraduate subject with at least a B grade average over the 200 and 300-level specialisation courses, or close equivalent, or
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in the intended postgraduate subject, followed by a Graduate Certificate in Arts endorsed in the intended postgraduate subject with at least a B grade average over the 200 and 300-level specialisation courses, or close equivalent, or
  • Bachelor of Arts degree followed by a Graduate Diploma of Arts in the intended postgraduate subject with at least a B grade average over the 200 and 300-level specialisation courses, or close equivalent.

To enter the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Psychology) you will have been awarded or qualified for a:

  • Bachelor degree with a major in Psychology with at least a B+ grade average in the 300-level Psychology specialisation courses, or equivalent.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language and your qualifying degree was not completed at a University where English is the medium of instruction, to enter this qualification you must have achieved an IELTS of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the qualification if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Returning students

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 qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Structure of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Not all courses are available in each semester.

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Courses
Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Credits
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Specialisations
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Subject courses (including any compulsory courses) – Up to 90 credits
  • Research report – At least 30 credits

Course planning key

Prerequisites
Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Subjects

Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Completing a subject is compulsory. A subject requires 120 credits. Find out more about subject requirements in the regulations for this qualification.

Fees and scholarships

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.

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.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

Follow your passion into a profession where critical thinking and communication skills, fresh perspectives and new ideas will be highly valued.

The BA (Hons) can be a stepping-off point for any number of disciplines and careers. Employers appreciate this flexibility. They also appreciate the ability of BA (Hons) graduates to reason, research, analyse, criticise, communicate and think laterally.

The world needs people who can thrive in rapidly changing employment, political and social circumstances, and who are able to effectively challenge and critique established ways of thinking and acting. Our BA (Hons) will develop your interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to ensure you remain agile and able to take on the opportunities the future holds.

Careers of some of our graduates:

  • advertising
  • aid and disaster relief workers
  • business managers
  • communications
  • conflict resolution
  • customs/immigration officers
  • defence force
  • disaster relief
  • education
  • family therapists
  • foreign affairs
  • human resources
  • international business
  • media production
  • mental health practitioners
  • novelists
  • peacekeeping
  • policy development and analysis
  • politics
  • project management
  • public relations
  • research managers
  • risk management
  • school principals
  • sign language interpreters
  • special education needs
  • specialist teachers
  • speechwriters
  • teaching English overseas
  • translation
  • travel and hospitality.