Postgraduate qualifications in philosophy offered at Otago
We offer five postgraduate qualifications:
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD): Students who have completed a BA (Hons), Postgraduate Diploma, or MA in Philosophy are eligible to apply for admission into the PhD programme. The student must undertake a major research project, and write a thesis of approximately 60-100,000 words under the supervision of two members of staff. It normally takes three years full time (or the equivalent part time) to complete.
MASTER OF ARTS (MA) by thesis: Students who have completed a BA(Hons) or DipArts in Philosophy are eligible to apply for admission into the Masters programme. The student must write a thesis of approximately 30-40,000 words under the supervision of two members of staff. It normally takes one year full time (or the equivalent part-time) to complete.
MASTER OF ARTS (MA) by coursework: 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.
BACHELOR OF ARTS WITH HONOURS (BA (Hons)): Students who have completed a BA or Diploma for Graduates in Philosophy may apply for admission into this programme. The student must write a dissertation of approximately 12-15,000 words under the supervision of two members of staff and study three 400-level Philosophy papers. It is a one year full-time course.
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ARTS (PG Dip Arts): The same as for BA(Hons) except that candidates may enrol part-time.
DIPLOMA FOR GRADUATES: This is intended for people who have a degree in another subject, but want to get a qualification in Philosophy. It puts a student in the same position as a BA graduate with respect to eligibility for higher degrees. The Diploma for Graduates requires you to do at least seven papers, of which at least four are at 300-level or above.
More information on all postgraduate qualifications offered by the department is available here.