A master’s degree is a way of advancing your understanding and skill in your undergraduate major, or, in some cases, to undertake study in a new area, building on the general skills acquired in an undergraduate degree. In either case, a master’s degree is evidence of an ability to work independently, to critically evaluate research and research processes and be able to interpret and communicate experiences with a high level of skill. Admission to a master’s degree at Otago is based on the evaluation of evidence of your ability to undertake postgraduate study in a specialist field of enquiry or professional practice. The primary basis for selection is on academic merit, however consideration may also be given to other factors.
As some of our master’s programmes offer a choice of structure, you should consider your options and what you plan to do with your degree. As you’ll need to work under a supervisor, start your search early to make sure your interests match with an Otago academic who is able to support you in your studies.
The one-year master's may be right for you if you have already completed four years of study including a research component. There is no coursework required, your studies are dedicated to your thesis research. You must have:
- A Bachelor with Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma degree majoring in Geography (or equivalent)
- A grade average of B+ across all 400-level papers, including the research component
- Agreement from an University of Otago academic staff member to supervise your research
The two-year master's may be right for you if you have studied Geography (or equivalent) for three years. The first year is similar to an Honours or Postgraduate Diploma degree in Geography. It consists of postgraduate papers in Geography (or equivalent), including a paper that prepares you to do research. The second year is dedicated to your thesis research. You must have:
- A Bachelor degree majoring in Geography (or equivalent)
- A grade average of B+ over 300-level papers required for the Geography (or equivalent) major
- Agreement from a University of Otago academic staff member to supervise your research
The coursework masters is a 180 point (generally 7 papers and a research project) that can be completed in 12 months or in stages, providing flexibility for recent graduates and those currently employed.