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Master of Indigenous Studies

Metis sash on keteThe Master of Indigenous Studies (MIndS) programme, which is primarily an online-course has been offered at the University of Otago for over 10 years. It is an internationally recognised Master’s course. It is a high quality programme with a track record of excellent graduates since 2003. To date there are over 50 graduates who hold the degree of Master of Indigenous Studies. The programme is part of the cohort of other post graduate programmes offered in Te Tumu - School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies. The degree was formulated on the basis that Māori, Pacific Island and other Indigenous peoples have unique bodies of knowledge about customary, environmental and cultural practices. The degree prepares graduates for administrative and leadership roles with indigenous communities not only in New Zealand but also abroad. It is also an entry qualification for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and to date there are four former students who have completed a PhD after their MIndS. These are Dr Arvin Villalon, Dr Vaughan Bidois, Dr Damien Skinner and Dr Erica Anderson.

The Master of Indigenous Studies programme is also available through Distance Learning.

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Programme Requirements

Master of Indigenous Studies (MIndS)

Research Report option
Thesis option
  • INGS 501  Indigenous Theory and Method
  • INGS 5 Thesis

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