Masters study provides a comprehensive initiation to the world of independent research. There are two MA degrees offered by the Media, film and communication programme: MA by thesis only and MA by coursework. The thesis only MA usually takes one to two years full-time, while the MA by coursework usually takes eighteen months. For applicants interested in going on to complete a PhD, there are several paths but we recommend taking the Masters by thesis only.
Applying for Masters by thesis only
To be eligible for entry to Masters by thesis only, applicants must have completed one of the following: a BA with Honours, a BA plus Postgraduate Diploma in Film and Media Studies or Communications Studies, a degree in a cognate field. Normally the candidate will have a mark of B+ or above on their 490 (Research Dissertation), or equivalent.
To apply, email a research proposal, including a bibliography, and a transcript of your academic record to Dr Brett Nicholls, the head of the programme. This proposal should outline what you are interested in researching and is usually 250-500 words. If the proposal and writing sample are supported by the department, you will be invited to move to formally apply to the University’s central administration for admission and scholarships.
More information can be found here: Masters by thesis at Otago.
Applying for Masters by coursework
To be eligible for entry to Masters by coursework, applicants must have completed a BA degree with a B+ average or above.
The MA by coursework degree in Media, film and communication is a part of the MA coursework programme for humanities students. To apply, follow the information at this link.
Enquiries about Masters degrees
Tel +64 3 479 8371
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.