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Coursework Master of Arts

From 2018 the University of Otago is offering a new pathway within the Master of Arts, a 180-point coursework option.

New Coursework Master of Arts programme for Humanities students

The new Coursework Master of Arts (Coursework MA) programme is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary grounding for Humanities students in a range of subjects as preparation for further study or future employment. The programme will take either 12 months or three semesters of full-time study to complete. The programme can also be studied part-time.

What does the new Coursework MA look like?

The programme includes the following papers:

    Papers Number of points needed Details about the papers
    HUMS papers 60 points 2 x 30-point Humanities papers
    Subject papers 60 points Either 400- or 500-level papers in your major as laid out for participating programmes.
    Subject dissertation paper 60 points Thesis length - up to 20,000 words.
    Undertaken over 12 months, beginning either at the start of semester 1 or semester 2.

The dissertation (a single project under the guidance of an appointed supervisor) is completed over 12 calendar months, starting either in Semester 1 or Semester 2.

With this pathway it will take students either 12 months or three semesters of full-time study to get an MA.

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What are the entry requirements?

Students who have completed a BA with a B+ average in their 300-level papers can apply to enrol in the new MA coursework option. Students will continue study in the major subject of their BA. (Departments may limit how many students they take on, depending on the availability of supervisors.)

When can I start?

You can start in Semester 1 or Semester 2 next year (2018).

What funding is there?

At the moment, the BA(Hons) is the only postgraduate qualification students can receive student allowances for. For all other postgraduate qualifications, including the MA, you can get student loans but not allowances.

With backing from their department, students can apply for an MA coursework scholarship. This is competitive, i.e. based on grades. This scholarship is $10,000 which goes towards the course fees in the first instance.

Go to the scholarships page for more details about Masters scholarships.

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After graduating can I go on to a PhD?

Yes. Admittance into a PhD programme, or gaining a doctoral scholarship, depends on factors such as how well you do in your MA, and whether departments have the supervisory capacity for your research. The mininum GPA for applicants is a B+ average, however your supervising department will advise on your eligibility.

What are the HUMS papers?

The HUMS papers will give you the opportunity to mix with other Humanities students studying a wide range of subjects. They are also designed to give you the broad range of knowledge and skills valued by many employers.

Currently there are three HUMS papers on offer, from which you will need to pick two.
All papers are 30 points.

HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research (Semester 2)

This paper provides graduate research students with the theoretical and practical tools they need to achieve effective communication of their academic ideas in both print and other media.

Contact person: shef.rogers@otago.ac.nz
(Host department: English & Linguistics)

HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities (Semester 2)

Students will examine key principles of research in the humanities, develop a broad understanding of a range of methods and refine skills in a method of their choice.

Contact people: melanie.beres@otago.ac.nz and bryndl.hohmann-marriott@otago.ac.nz
(Host department: Sociology, Gender & Social Work)

HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities (Semester 1)

Students will read important Humanities scholarship from the last 100 years and examine four key areas of debate: What is modernity? Where is power and how is it exercised? What limits human understanding? Why are the Humanities important?

Contact person: ben.schonthal@otago.ac.nz
(Host department: Theology & Religion)

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What about the subject papers and dissertation?

Talk to the postgraduate coordinator in your home department who will advise you on the papers you should be doing, and who to talk to about your dissertation project.

Important note

With departmental approval, you can substitute the HUMS 401 Internship Practicum paper for one of your 400-level papers, and get some hands-on experience in the real world.

BA(Hons) and MA by thesis

Departments will still be offering the Bachelor of Arts with Honours - BA(Hons) and MA by thesis only.

Find out more about the BA(Hons).

Find out more about the MA by thesis.

Contact us

For further information contact Associate Professor Lachy Paterson, Associate Dean Graduate Studies at
lachy.paterson@otago.ac.nz

Programme Requirements

Master of Arts (MA) in Anthropology - coursework option

Papers

Master of Arts (MA) in Art History and Visual Culture - coursework option

Papers
  • ARTV 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • Two 400-level ARTV papers
  • One additional paper in a relevant discipline approved by the Head of the Department of History and Art History

Master of Arts (MA) in Childhood and Youth Studies - coursework option

Papers
  • CHIC 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • Two of:
    CHIC 401 Understanding Children and Childhood: Theory into Practice
    CHIC 402 Promoting Children's Participation and Protection
    CHIC 407 Child-Centred Practice

Master of Arts (MA) in Chinese - coursework option

Papers
  • CHIN 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • Either:
    CHIN 441 Advanced Topics in Chinese
    CHIN 451 Studies in Chinese
    CHIN 452 Studies in Chinese 2
  • or
    CHIN 441 Advanced Topics in Chinese, and
    two other approved 400-level papers

Master of Arts in Classics - coursework option

Papers

Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Studies - coursework option

Papers

GEND 401 or SCOM 409 may be substituted for one 400-level MFCO paper

Master of Arts (MA) in Education - coursework option

Papers

Master of Arts (MA) in English - coursework option

Papers

Master of Arts (MA) in Film and Media Studies - coursework option

Papers

GEND 401 Debates in Gender and Sexuality may be substituted for one 400-level MFCO paper

Master of Arts (MA) in French - coursework option

Papers
  • FREN 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • either :
    FREN 441 Advanced Topics in French
    FREN 451 Studies in French
    FREN 452 Studies in French 2
  • Or:
    FREN 441 Advanced Topics in French, and
    two other approved 400-level papers

Master of Arts (MA) in Gender Studies - coursework option

Papers

Master of Arts (MA) in Geography - coursework option

Papers

Master of Arts (MA) in German - coursework option

Papers
  • GERM 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • either
    GERM 441 Advanced Topics in German
    GERM 451 Studies in German
    GERM 452 Studies in German 2
  • Or
    GERM 441 Advanced Topics in German and
    two other approved 400-level papers

Master of Arts (MA) in History - coursework option

Papers

ENGL 404, GEND 401, MAOR 407, or any 400-level ARTV paper may be substituted for one 400-level HIST paper.

Master of Arts (MA) in Indigenous Development/He Kura Matanui - coursework option

Papers

INGS 501 may be substituted for one 400-level paper

Note: 400-level papers selected should be consistent with interdisciplinary choices at 300-level. Approved papers may be drawn from those offered by other Divisions.

Master of Arts (MA) in Japanese - coursework option

694Papers
  • JAPA 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • either
    JAPA 441 Advanced Topics in Japanese
    JAPA 451 Studies in Japanese
    JAPA 452 Studies in Japanese 2
  • or
    JAPA 441 Advanced Topics in Japanese
    and two other approved 400-level papers

Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics - coursework option

Papers

Master of Arts (MA) in Māori Studies - coursework option

Papers

INGS 501 or one 400-level INDV or PACI paper may be substituted for one 400-level MAOR paper.

Master of Arts (MA) in Music - coursework option

Papers

Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy - coursework option

Papers

CLAS 440 may be substituted for one 400-level PHIL paper.

Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics - coursework option

Papers

No more than 80 points may be from any one of the component disciplines.

CLAS 440 may be substituted for one 400-level PHIL paper.

Master of Arts (MA) in Religious Studies - coursework option

Papers
  • RELS 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • Further RELS papers at either 400- or 500-level worth 60 points.

Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology - coursework option

Papers

Master of Arts (MA) in Spanish - coursework option

Papers
  • SPAN 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • either
    SPAN 441 Advanced Topics in Spanish
    SPAN 451 Studies in Spanish
    SPAN 452 Studies in Spanish 2
  • or
    SPAN 441 Advanced Topics in Spanish and two other approved 400-level papers.

Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre Studies - course work option

Papers

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