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Graduate Studies policies, guidelines and information

Processes for Divisional administration of postgraduate degrees

Signing delegations for the administration of research degrees

The Division has oversight of some aspects of postgraduate research degrees (PhD, EdD, DMA, MA and other degrees with a thesis component. These degees are managed in eVision, and involve various signatures.

Signing delegations for the administration of research degrees (PDF)

PhD and research Masters’ admission processes in eVision

Guidelines on online approval from the Graduate Research School

Admission for taught masters’, honours, and postgraduate diplomas

Taught masters' and honours degrees, and postgraduate diplomas are largely administered by subject Programmes in accordance with degree regulations.

The following documents provide information on Divisional policy with oversight by the Associate Dean Graduate Studies.

Divisional resources for postgraduate students

PhD conference funding

To apply for conference funding, PhD students will need to complete and send to the Humanities Divisional Office both the following forms:

Māori and Pacific Bridging Scholarships

The Division of Humanities at the University of Otago offers a number of Bridging Scholarships for Māori and Pacific students. Closing dates are usually toward the end of the academic year.

These awards are designed to encourage graduating Māori and Pacific students to proceed to their first year of taught postgraduate study in Humanities.

Māori and Pacific Bridging Scholarship guidelines and application forms

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Taught or coursework masters' and honours degrees, and postgraduate diplomas

Taught or coursework masters' degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate diplomas usually comprise a number of postgraduate papers, and often a research component (dissertation, project, or similar) of 40-60 points.  These programmes are usually administered within their subject Programme, with Divisional oversight by the Associate Dean Graduate Studies.

These guidelines apply to the examination of all 400- and 500-level dissertations, reports and projects, and include information about extensions.

Master of Arts (Coursework)

The Master of Arts (Coursework) is administered through the Division, and relevant information can be found on the Master of Arts (Coursework) information page.

MA(Coursework) information page

Master of Arts (Coursework) handbook (available in January 2020)

Dissertation examination process

Nomination of Examiners

Please email this form to the MA (Coursework) co-ordinator


Send the following completed or adapted documents with a digital copy of the dissertation or studio project to the two examiners

Results documents for convenors

Use this calculator to assess the level of award (pass, credit or distinction) and final result including papers.

Use/adapt this template email to consult with examiners when there is a significant difference between recommended grades

MA(Coursework) results form and memo

Referee process where examiners do not agree