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Specialise in Politics and International Relations for your Graduate Diploma in Arts at Massey
The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Politics and International Relations) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in politics.
Understand the world around you
Politics is exciting and relevant. It’s about contests for power and how we make decisions in society: who gets what, when and how, from the local community to the global level. It’s concerned with the conflict of ideas and values. It has to do with who governs, with how and why decisions that affect all of us (such as how much students should pay to study at university or whether the UN should sanction military interventions) are made.
Small class sizes and enthusiastic lecturers
At Massey, politics and international relations is taught in a small interdisciplinary qualification where you have regular and close contact with academic staff. Your lecturers are active researchers in their respective fields. They are a politically diverse group who critically and enthusiastically engage with contemporary and historical events.
A wide range of topics
With Massey's GradDipArts (Politics and International Relations), you may study topics such as:
- how New Zealand’s system of government works
- what the rise of China means for the future of global politics
- the nature of inequality and how it is affected by public policy
- what is happening in the Palestine/Israel conflict
- the core concepts and the great thinkers of political philosophy
- the causes and consequences of key contemporary international conflicts.
A Graduate Diploma in Arts in Politics and International Relations is a good fit if you:
- are interested in how decisions are made in society
- want a career where you can make a difference
- want to understand what is going on in the wider world.
If you study full-time you’ll take eight 15-credit courses (120 credits) in one year, or 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school.
When you are granted entry to the qualification, you are not required to pass any 100-level prerequisite course/s for the specialisation. You may need to apply for 200-level courses using the Special Request function in Course Enrolment in your student portal if your previous study was not completed at Massey. If you plan to take any electives in subjects such as Languages, Economics, Mathematics or Statistics, you will need to meet the 100-level prerequisite requirements.
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 Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.
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 be 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.
Courses you can enrol in
Course planning key
- 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.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- 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.
Course code: 150201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society credits 15
A study of the Treaty of Waitangi background, texts, principles, and application to contemporary New Zealand. There is a particular focus on land, legislation, court decisions, social policies, the environment, constitutional matters, claims to the Waitangi Tribunal and Treaty settlements. Differing perspectives of hapū/iwi/Māori and the Crown, as well as opportunities for resolution, are explored.View full course details
Course code: 200201 Middle Eastern Politics credits 15
An examination of the contemporary politics of the Middle East, including North Africa.View full course details
Course code: 200215 Foundations of Political Thought credits 15
A study of the history of political thought from antiquity to the nineteenth century.View full course details
Course code: 200261 World Politics credits 15
An introduction to major theories, issues, events and institutions in contemporary world politics.View full course details
Course code: 200262 Politics and Public Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand credits 15
A critical study of politics and public policy in Aotearoa New Zealand, with an emphasis on political institutions, the development of public policy, and the interplay between politics and economics in policy development.View full course details
Course code: 294280 Security and Diplomacy credits 15
This course examines the nexus of security and diplomacy and the related theoretical and explanatory approaches with a particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.View full course details
Course code: 145318 Geopolitics credits 15
An advanced study of geopolitics, emphasising geographical processes across a variety of topics.View full course details
Course code: 200300 Peace Studies credits 15
A critical investigation of the ways that violence, conflict, and peacebuilding are understood within politics, and the resulting sub-discipline of peace studies.View full course details
Course code: 200301 Contemporary International Conflict credits 15
An examination of contemporary international conflict drawing on case studies from around the world.View full course details
Course code: 200302 Israel/Palestine and the Arab World credits 15
An exploration of issues in Israeli-Arab relations including the state of Israel's relationships with its Palestinian citizens, the Palestinian Authority, the neighbouring Arab states and the wider Middle East.View full course details
Course code: 200303 Global Democratic Politics credits 15
This course will critically examine core issues and debates in contemporary democratic theory and practice in a global context, with a focus on diverse forms of and challenges to political participation in contemporary democracies.View full course details
Course code: 200315 Contemporary Political Thought credits 15
A study of key developments and debates in contemporary political thought.View full course details
Course code: 200361 Contemporary New Zealand Politics credits 15
A study of selected topics and themes in contemporary New Zealand politics and government, with particular reference to the period from 1984 to the present.View full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Graduate Diploma in Arts you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
You will need to provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
English language requirements
To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
This qualification is classified as NZQF Level 7 and requires the same English language standard as most undergraduate bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
Can't meet the entry requirements?
If you need to do a course before you start your qualification, there may be options for you in Summer School.
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.
- 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.
Scholarship and award opportunitiesSearch our scholarships and awards
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
Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Arts (Politics and International Relations) can lead to a range of careers, including:
- business and commerce
- journalism and media
- policy advising and analysis
- public service
Organisations employing our graduates include the NZ Defence Forces, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the Treasury, Air New Zealand, the Reserve Bank, the United Nations, TV3 News and Amnesty International.
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.