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MA (by thesis) or PhD thesis in Māori Studies, Indigenous Development, or Pacific Islands Studies

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Academic background
Humanities
Host campus
Dunedin
Qualifications
Master’s, PhD
Schools
School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

Overview

Te Tumu has an international reputation as one of the leading places for research concerning Māori, Pacific and Indigenous languages, cultures and societies, both in the past and today. The multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary research interests of our staff allow students from all over the world to work alongside academics with national and international reputations.

MA thesis

The MA thesis involves extended independent research on an approved topic under the supervision of an academic in Te Tumu. The research should take about one year of full-time study. The thesis is normally about 40,000 words of text in English, excluding notes, bibliographies and appendices. A thesis can be submitted in te reo Māori. These may be longer than 40,000 words.

PhD thesis

The PhD thesis involves extended independent research on an approved topic under the supervision of at least two academics located in Te Tumu. It normally takes about three years of full-time study. The research should make a significant and original contribution to research in its particular field. At least parts of the work would be worthy of publication. The thesis is normally about 100,000 words, excluding notes, bibliographies and appendices. A thesis can be submitted in te reo Māori.

A wide range of topics can be supervised by Te Tumu’s staff for both the MA and PhD thesis. Students are encouraged to talk informally to individual staff at an early stage to develop a research proposal. A proposal is an important part of the admission process. Normally these would be several pages long and outline the planned project. Te Tumu will consider sharing supervision with other programmes and departments on a case by case basis.

Contact

Robyn Russell, Client Services Administrator
Tel   +64 3 479 7384
Email   maoristudies@otago.ac.nz