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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis))

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Overview

The Master of Arts (MA(Thesis)) prepares candidates for employment in education, regional and national government agencies, the private sector, and industry. The MA(Thesis) enables candidates to engage in a significant piece of independent research, providing specialist knowledge in their topic area and transferable analytical, research and writing skills. The degree is also an entry qualification for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The MA(Thesis) normally requires at least one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, study and entails completion of a thesis. The normal admission requirement is a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) degree in one of at least 24 subjects, but admission on the basis of alternative qualifications and experience is possible. Some thesis candidates may be required to pass approved postgraduate papers before embarking on the thesis research, but will be advised of that before enrolment.

The thesis is a major piece of supervised research of up to 40,000 words.

The primary aim of the MA(Thesis) is to develop in a candidate skills needed to identify a significant topic, design and implement an extended piece of research, and present the findings in a form acceptable to an expert readership.

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Subject areas

The degree may be awarded in any of the following subjects:

*Not available for the Papers and Thesis option.

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Programme Requirements

Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Anthropology

Thesis
  • Thesis 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Anthropology or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Anthropology must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Anthropology prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Art History and Visual Culture

Thesis
  • Thesis: ARTV 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Art History and Visual Culture or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Art History and Visual Culture must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Art History and Visual Culture prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Childhood and Youth Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: CHYS 5

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Chinese

Thesis
  • Thesis: CHIN 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Chinese or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Chinese must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Chinese prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Classics

Thesis
  • Thesis: CLAS 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Classics or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Classics must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Classics prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Communication Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: COMS 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Communication Studies or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Communication Studies must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Communication Studies prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Computer Science

Thesis
  • Thesis: COSC 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Computer Science or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Computer Science must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Computer Science prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Development Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: DEVS 5

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Economics

Thesis
  • Thesis: ECON 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Economics or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Economics must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Economics prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Education

Thesis
  • Thesis: EDUC 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Education or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Education must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Education prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in English

Thesis
  • Thesis: ENGL 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in English or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in English must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in English prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Film and Media Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: FIME 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Film and Media Studies or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Film and Media Studies must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Film and Media Studies prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in French

Thesis
  • Thesis: FREN 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in French or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in French must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in French prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Gender Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: GEND 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Gender Studies or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Gender Studies must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Gender Studies prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Geography

Thesis
  • Thesis: GEOG 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Geography or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Geography must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Geography prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in German

Thesis
  • Thesis: GERM 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in German or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in German must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in German prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in History

Thesis
  • Thesis: HIST 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in History or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in History must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in History prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Human Services

Thesis
  • Thesis 5

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Indigenous Development / He Kura Matanui

Thesis
  • Thesis: INDV 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Indigenous Development / He Kura Matanui or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Indigenous Development / He Kura Matanui must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Indigenous Development / He Kura Matanui prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Information Science

Thesis
  • Thesis INFO 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Information Science or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Information Science must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Information Science prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Japanese

Thesis
  • Thesis: JAPA 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Japanese or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Japanese must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Japanese prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Linguistics

Thesis
  • Thesis: LING 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Linguistics or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Linguistics must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Linguistics prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Māori Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: MAOR 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Māori Studies or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Māori Studies must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Māori Studies prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Mathematics

Thesis
  • Thesis: MATH 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Mathematics or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Mathematics must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Mathematics prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Music

Thesis
  • Thesis: MUSI 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Music or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Music must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Music prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Peace and Conflict Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: PEAC 5

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Philosophy

Thesis
  • Thesis: PHIL 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Philosophy or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Philosophy must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Philosophy prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Politics

Thesis
  • Thesis: POLS 5

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Psychology

Thesis
  • Thesis: PSYC 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Psychology or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Psychology must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Psychology prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Religious Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: RELS 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Religious Studies or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Religious Studies must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Religious Studies prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Sociology

Thesis
  • Thesis: SOCI 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Sociology or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Sociology must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Sociology prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Spanish

Thesis
  • Thesis: SPAN 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Spanish or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Spanish must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Spanish prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Statistics

Thesis
  • Thesis 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Statistics or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Statistics must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Statistics prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Theatre Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: THEA 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Theatre Studies or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Theatre Studies must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis))

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    2. Every applicant must either
      1. be a graduate, or
      2. have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    3. In considering an applicant's qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant's performance in the programme. Applicants must normally have achieved an average grade of at least B+ in the papers at the highest level in the programme.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects listed in the MA(Thesis) Schedule. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) the degree may be awarded in a subject not listed in the MA(Thesis) Schedule.
    2. Thesis option
      For a candidate who has obtained the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects in the subject of the degree, the programme of study shall normally consist of the preparation and submission of a 120 point thesis embodying the results of supervised research (but see 2(c)(ii) below).

    3. Papers and Thesis option
      A candidate who has obtained a three-year bachelor’s degree but not the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects in the subject of the degree will be required to take and pass the papers listed in the Honours requirements for the subject concerned, in addition to completing a thesis. In some cases, a candidate who has obtained the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects in a different subject to the degree may also be required to take and pass approved papers, normally at 400-level, in addition to completing a thesis.

      Note: Subjects without a Paper and Thesis option are noted in the MA(Thesis) schedule above.

    4. A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Dean, Head of the School or Head of Programme concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s), and the proposed course of the investigation.
    5. A candidate may not present a thesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.
    6. For a thesis, the research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete within one year of full-time study.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    A candidate achieving the degree by papers and a thesis shall normally follow a programme for the equivalent of not less than two years of full-time study and not more than three years of full-time study, and a candidate achieving the degree by thesis alone shall normally follow a programme of study for the equivalent of not less than one year of full-time study and not more than two years of full-time study. Exceptions shall be permitted only with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

  4. Withdrawal from the Programme

    1. A candidate undertaking both papers and thesis whose paper results are not satisfactory, as defined by the department or subject area concerned, or who does not achieve a grade of at least B+ for the dissertation requirement of the programme, shall be permitted to proceed to the thesis only with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    2. Where a thesis candidate withdraws from the programme after completing the prescribed papers the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may recommend the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects or determine which papers shall be credited towards the diploma.

  5. Examination of the Thesis

    1. The Dean or Head of Department concerned (or nominee) shall appoint a Convener of Examiners who shall oversee the thesis examination.
    2. The thesis, research dissertation, or studio project shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
    3. The candidate's supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Head of Department concerned.
    4. Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the thesis as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options as specified in clause (d) below.
    5. The examiners may recommend that a thesis, research dissertation, or studio project exegesis:
      1. be accepted without amendments;
      2. be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion, and to the satisfaction, of the Head of Department concerned;
      3. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
      4. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
    6. Amendments (regulation 5(e)(ii)) and revisions (regulation 5(e)(iii)) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Head of Department concerned.
    7. A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis for examination once only.
    8. If a revised and resubmitted thesis is finally accepted, the result shall be either 'Pass' or 'Fail' (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
    9. Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Head of Department concerned should so report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the University.

  6. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  7. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Note: The due date for applications for first enrolment in the programme is 10 December. Late applications will be considered.

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