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About the Master of International Studies

This one-year Master’s programme aims at equipping students to understand and to operate with confidence in the global environment.

This is achieved through seminar discussions, debates, simulation exercises, and independent research, led by senior academics who are all specialists in their fields.

The Programme prepares students for careers in diplomacy, international business, research, teaching, journalism, and the public service. Many of our graduates have continued to complete a PhD.

Programme requirements

You will be required to master a core curriculum of four taught papers:

and write a supervised research essay of 20,000 words (INTS590 Research Dissertation).

Admission to the programme

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

Every applicant should normally

i. be a graduate with an ordinary bachelor’s degree and with an average grade of at least B+ in the 300-level papers for the degree, or

ii. be a graduate with an honours degree awarded at a standard of at least second class honours (division I), or

iii. have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

Further details of admission, structure and regulations for the MIntSt

History of the programme

The Master of International Studies (MIntSt) degree is now in its 18th year. During that time, it has established a successful track record both in terms of facilitating graduate employment and serving as a builder of research capability. Many of the 400 plus MIntSt graduates have gone on to leadership positions in both the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally. In the public sector in New Zealand, for example, MIntSt graduates are employed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), the Ministry of Defence, Treasury, the State Services Commission, the National Assessments Bureau, and many other government agencies. Moreover, at least 43 MIntSt graduates have gone to enrol in PhDs at New Zealand or international universities. This indicates that more than 10% of MIntSt graduates have progressed to advanced research degrees.

MIntSt was one of the first coursework masters offered at the University of Otago and has had a few changes over the past 18 years including the addition of a Peace and Conflict paper in 2012.