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Postgraduate Study in Media, Film and Communication


The Media, Film and Communication Programme warmly welcomes graduate students to apply for postgraduate research.

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Media, Film and Communication PhD graduate Gabrielle Hine, 2011.


Have a look at our academic staff profiles and explore the supervisory expertise and wide range of topics in which our staff engage:

Current Students

Our current postgraduate students are from a variety of backgrounds and tackle a host of ideas related to media, film and communication. Have a look at their profiles:


A Doctorate in Media, Film and Communication lets you take the ultimate step in university education in a vibrant department.


Masters study in Media, Film and Communication offers a comprehensive initiation to the world of independent research.

New Coursework Master of Arts programme for Humanities students

From 2018 the University of Otago is offering a new pathway within the Master of Arts, a 180-point coursework option.

The Coursework Master of Arts (Coursework MA) programme is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary grounding for Humanities students in a range of subjects as preparation for further study or future employment. The programme will take either 12 months or three semesters of full-time study to complete. The programme can also be studied part-time.

Find out more about the new Coursework Master of Arts programme.

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BAHons)

The honours degree is a full year, 400-level postgraduate programme with independent research requirements.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDipArts)

The Postgraduate Diploma has the same content as the fourth year Honours programme, but offers the flexibility of part-time study.

400-level papers

Full selection of 400-level papers offered by the Department.

Postgraduate Culture in Media, Film and Communication

We have a lively research culture in our programme. Postgraduate students are encouraged to present at our annual 'Postgraduate Research Day' and participate in reading groups with their peers and academics. Recent reading groups have included:

  • Foucault's Discipline and Punish
  • Marx's Capital I
  • Deleuze & Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus
  • Lacan's Four Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis
  • A selection of work from Baudrillard

Further Information About Postgraduate Study at the University of Otago