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Master of Arts (MA)

Masters study provides a comprehensive initiation to the world of independent research. Typically a Masters degree will take one year full-time (thesis only) when leading on from Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma.

Requirements to entry

Masters applicants must have completed to satisfactory level either a BA with Honours or BA and Postgraduate Diploma in Film and Media Studies, in Communications Studies or in a relevant cognate field. Normally a mark of B+ or above on the 490 (Research Dissertation), or equivalent, is required.

Applying for Masters study

Masters Study at Otago is your central reference for information; it contains the Handbook for MA Study, regulations, and resources & support.
An application needs to be made to the central administration of the University of Otago, and also to the Department of Media, Film and Communication (see below).

The application process consists of two steps. Step one involves the department considering a proposal and writing sample. If the proposal and writing sample are supported by the department, the applicant will be invited to move to step two. Step two involves formally applying to the University’s central administration for admission and scholarships. To start the application process, you will need to submit the following to the Postgraduate coordinator:

  • A research proposal, including a bibliography, outlining your proposed topic (250-500 words, including a select bibliography of no more than one page is desirable)
  • A writing sample (Otago graduates with a mark of 80 or above on the FIME490 and COMS490 do not need to submit a writing sample)

Enquiries about Masters

Dr Hugh Slotten
Postgraduate coordinator

Tel 64 3 479 6546


Postgraduate services and facilities

The Department of Media, Film and Communication is proud to support postgraduate students with some of the best study facilities and services available. 

Find out about postgraduate community and support services at the University of Otago.