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Coursework Masters' degrees

The Division of Humanities offers a wide range of coursework masters' degrees which allow you to complete a taught postgraduate degree in 12-15 months.

Master of Arts (Coursework)

The Master of Arts (Coursework) programme is designed to give students the balance of specific subject knowledge plus broad-based skills employers are looking for. The MA (Coursework) will take either 12 months or three semesters of full-time study to complete. It can also be studied part-time.

Master of Chaplaincy

The Master of Chaplaincy is designed as a professional qualification for those who serve as chaplains in a variety of settings and who seek advanced professional education to enhance their work, and for those who want to train to be chaplains. Only available through Distance Learning.

Master of Education

This degree equips graduates with advanced knowledge, critical skills and research acumen needed for employment in teaching, policy analysis, management and research in the public and private sectors and is a recognised entry qualification for the PhD degree. The Master of Education is available through Distance Learning.

Master of Indigenous Studies

New Zealand’s only one-year online degree (also available on campus) for those working with or concerned about the issues affecting indigenous peoples. This course can be studied full or part-time.

Master of International Development and Planning

The Master of International Development and Planning (MIDP) is a 12-month, full-time course work master’s degree, that includes a research dissertation. The degree uniquely combines an enhanced understanding of development issues with professional planning skills and competencies.

Master of International Studies

Master of International Studies graduates are employed in leading positions all over the world – in government service, in NGOs and in business.

This degree prepares candidates for leadership roles in professions that require broad international expertise: diplomacy, the public service, teaching, journalism and business.

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

Otago's National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is the only one if its kind in New Zealand, and its new master's degree is one of a very few such programmes in Australasia.

If you want to be a change-maker, to work in development and peace building, come and join the passionate faculty and their international student-base for this cutting-edge multidisciplinary programme.

Master of Politics

For students of politics and associated disciplines, our new Master of Politics provides an exciting opportunity to develop valuable communication and analytical skills whilst obtaining a highly sought-after postgraduate qualification that combines coursework with a research dissertation.

It is designed to provide academic preparation for graduates seeking careers in professions such as diplomacy, the public service, teaching, journalism, business, or policy analysis, research and development. It also serves as a foundation qualification for graduates interested in advancing to a PhD.

Master of Teaching and Learning

This Masters’ level qualification enables top graduates from any discipline to become a qualified Primary or Secondary School teacher.

The programme includes placement in schools, bringing together theory and practice.

Master of Bioethics and Health Law

For Law, Medicine or Philosophy graduates - a degree which examines a range of issues relating to the intersection of law, ethics and medicine.