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Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Degrees

View the ANTH 2018 Postgraduate Booklet for more information

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons)) in Anthropology

Anthropology can be taken as a subject for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours.
It is an academically demanding one year fulltime programme for students who have completed a BA. It aims to help students become highly skilled, versatile, independent thinkers with the research experience, information literacy, communication and interpersonal skills necessary for an advanced professional career or further academic study at the Master's or PhD level.

The normal entry requirements are:
(i) to have completed the BA majoring in Anthropology and/or Archaeology, and
(ii) to have a grade average of at least B+ in four 300-level Anthropology and/or Archaeology papers.

Alternative entry conditions are set out in the University Calendar, Guide to Enrolment and in the qualifications section of the University’s website:

www.otago.ac.nz/courses/qualifications/bahons.html

Transitional Arrangements: If you had already been admitted to the Honours programme under the old system (i.e. in 2011 or earlier) you will have been given the option of completing your degree under the old four year Honours degree regulations, or graduating with a BA at the end of 2012 and applying for entry to the new one year Honours programme.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Anthropology

The PGDipArts is an academically demanding programme for students who have completed a BA degree that must be completed in two years of full time study or the equivalent in part time study. It aims to help students become highly skilled, versatile, independent thinkers with the research experience, information literacy, communication and interpersonal skills necessary for an advanced professional career or further academic study at the Master's level.
The normal entry requirements are:

  1. to have completed the BA, majoring in Anthropology and/or Archaeology, and
  2. to have a grade average of at least B+ in four 300-level Anthropology and/or Archaeology papers.

Alternative entry conditions are set out in the University Calendar, Guide to Enrolment and in the qualifications section of the University’s website:

www.otago.ac.nz/courses/qualifications/pgdiparts.html

Applying for Admission to BA(Hons) or PGDipArts.

Students considering applying for entry to BA(Hons) or PGDipArts are advised to discuss their intentions with members of academic staff in September or October of the year preceding 400-level study.
Applications for admission are made via the enrolment section of the University’s website:

www.otago.ac.nz/study/enrolment/index.html

Applications close on 10 December. Late applications will be considered.

The BA(Hons) and PGDipArts programme

These two qualifications require the same programme of study. Students can undertake any combination of archaeology, social anthropology or biological anthropology papers that meet the following requirements:

DissertationOne of ANTH490, ANTH495 or ANAT49060 points
PapersThree further 400-level ANTH papers.
One 400-level BIOA paper may be substituted for one ANTH paper.
60 points
Total120 points
Note: Papers taken under ARCH codes 2013-2017 may be substituted for ANTH papers at the same level.

It is also possible to take Anthropology in combination with another subject for the BA(Hons). In this case the programme of study must be negotiated between the student and the two departments concerned.

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Diploma for Graduates in Anthropology

The Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) is a justifiable and academically feasible programme of study, designed for graduates and others with equivalent qualifications or experience, who require additional training with or without the objective of undertaking postgraduate study in that discipline; or training in another discipline without the necessity to undertake another full degree programme; or who wish to extend their knowledge of an area of study or bring it up to date; or who wish to gain the equivalent of an additional major subject; or who wish to satisfy the requirements of an external professional body.

Visit the Diploma for Graduates webpage for more information

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Advanced Postgraduate Degrees

The Department offers the MA and the PhD in Anthropology. Students may be supervised solely by Anthropology staff or jointly by Anthropology staff and staff in another department. Inquiries should be directed to the postgraduate coordinator.

Master of Arts in Anthropology

This course can be taken either after completion of a BA, or, more usually, after completion of the BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It normally involves from one to three years study.

Requirements

  • For students with Bachelor of Arts: completion of the requirements for PGDipArts or BA(Hons), plus a thesis based upon original research by the candidate.
  • For students with Bachelor of Arts with Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects: a thesis based upon original research by the candidate.

The requirements for an MA thesis are set out in the following statement from the Board of Graduate Studies:

"A thesis submitted for a Master's degree should contain the results of a piece of independent research which might reasonably be expected of a diligent and competent student after not less than twelve months of full time study. The thesis should demonstrate that the candidate has the ability to carry out research and/or the ability to carry out constructive criticism, and to report the results of such work clearly, accurately and succinctly. It is not required that the results represent a substantial contribution to knowledge in the field, or that the examiners agree with the findings."

During their course of study each MA candidate must present at least one Departmental seminar.

Admission

Admission to the course is subject to approval by the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) and requires the recommendation of the Anthropology Department. For students entering with only a BA qualification, admission to the MA thesis is conditional upon satisfactory completion of the papers requirement. Except with permission of the Head of Department, the minimum requirements for Departmental approval for admission to MA thesis are:

  • final average grade of B+ or better in 400-level Anthropology papers a viable proposal for thesis
  • a research agreement with one or more member of staff to provide thesis supervision.

Before applying for admission students should discuss potential thesis topics with their potential supervisor. Students are required to submit a research proposal in eVision as part of their application - Departmental staff will review this proposal before admission. For advice on how to write your research proposal please consult our guidelines. Applications for admission should normally reach the Divisional Administrator (Humanities) by 10 December if you wish to begin study at the start of the following academic year. However, applications can be submitted, and study may begin, at any time of the year.

View the research proposal guidelines

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Doctor of Philosophy

This course is usually undertaken after completion of an MA, or in exceptional circumstances, after completion of a BA(Hons). It involves independent research over a period of at least two and a half years of full time study, and normally no more than six years.

Requirements

The degree is awarded on the basis of submission of a thesis of no more than 100,000 words, the requirements of which are set out as follows:

"The thesis should give clear evidence of the candidate's ability to carry out research, that the candidate has shown originality, and that the candidate has made a significant contribution to knowledge in the particular field. It is expected that some of the work in the thesis would be worthy of publication. The research should be of a kind which might reasonably be expected after three years full-time study."

During their course of study each candidate must present at least one Departmental seminar each year and provide a written progress report to their supervisor(s) at least once each year. This will form part of an annual progress report submitted to the Academic Registrar.

Admission

Registration as a PhD candidate is subject to approval of Senate, and requires the recommendation of the Department. In order to gain the recommendation of the Department a candidate must have:

  • fulfilled the requirements for entry set out in the University Calendar
  • an agreement with one or more member of staff to provide supervision;
  • a viable proposal for thesis research submitted through eVision.

Proposals will be considered by a meeting of all teaching staff, which will advise the Head of Department on the candidate's suitability for Departmental approval. Before applying for admission applicants should discuss potential thesis topics with their potential advisers. For advice on writing a proposal please consult our guidelines.

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