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Postgraduate study in Politics

Why do postgraduate study?

Staying on, or returning to university to do a Masters or PhD in Politics at Otago is one of the best career investments that you can make. Once considered a luxury, postgraduate study has now become essential for anyone who wants to secure a competitive edge in the job market where first degrees have become the norm. To excel in that market, you have to be able to identify problems, analyse them, place them in a broader intellectual framework, and systematically generate possible solutions to them. That, exactly, is what completing a research degree will teach you to do.

Above all, doing a Masters or a PhD is an exciting and challenging experience. There are few things as pleasing as developing and then sharing your insights and ideas with a broader research community and having them recognise your contribution. At Otago we aim at helping you to experience this to the fullest.

Learn more about the benefits of postgraduate study here.

Taught Masters

A taught Masters programme consists of four advanced papers and a research dissertation. The Department of Politics offers two taught Masters programmes that each take one year to complete:

Master of Politics (MPols)

Contact: MPols Coordinator
Dr James Headley, email james.headley@otago.ac.nz

Master of International Studies (MIntSt)

Contact: MIntSt Director
Dr Nicholas Khoo, email nicholas.khoo@otago.ac.nz

Research Degrees

Master of Arts (MA)

Contact: MA Coordinator
Dr Lena Tan, email lena.tan@otago.ac.nz

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Contact: PhD Coordinator
Professor William Harris, email will.harris@otago.ac.nz

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