Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Postgraduate study in Politics

*** Upcoming info session ***

Politics PG Info Session: Tuesday 12 September, 1-2pm
4C11, Level 4, Arts Building

Join us to hear more about Politics PG options, have your questions answered and figure out if PG is right for you.

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

Master of International Studies (MIntSt)

Contact: MIntSt Director
Professor Robert Patman, email

Research Degrees

Master of Arts (MA)

Contact: MA Coordinator
Dr Lena Tan, email

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Contact: PhD Coordinator
Professor Philip Nel, email

^ Top of Page