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Master of Indigenous Studies (MIndS)

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Business, Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities
Host campus
School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies


Te Tumu has an international reputation as one of the leading places for research concerning Māori, Pacific and Indigenous languages, cultures and societies, both in the past and today. The multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary research interests of our staff allow students from all over the world to work alongside academics with national and international reputations.


The MIndS degree enables people who have an interest in furthering their knowledge in Māori, Pacific or Indigenous fields of study, and is open to graduates in any academic discipline (four-year degree (or equivalent), or three-year degree with experience in indigenous communities or employment).

This degree is an online programme of study and can be completed from anywhere in the world as most papers are offered by distance. There are two pathways available for MIndS students, by coursework or by thesis.

Coursework students must enrol in the following papers:

  • INGS 501 – Indigenous Theory and Method (20 points)
  • Two further INDV, MAOR or PACI papers worth at least 20-points each
  • INGS 590 – Research Report (a supervised 60-point research project of up to 18,000 words)

Thesis students must also enrol in the following papers:

  • INGS 501 – Indigenous Theory and Method (20 points)
  • INGS 5 – Thesis* (a supervised 100-point research project of up to 32,000 words)

*It is expected that those intending to enrol in the thesis option have considerable experience working on a long research project, as evidenced by an Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma with a research component, or similar. The MIndS degree can be completed part-time (over two years) or full-time (over one year) but each paper must still be completed within its specified timeframe (e.g. 20 point papers over one semester, INGS 590 over one calendar year, INGS 5 either over one (full-time) or two (part-time) calendar years). A wide range of topics can be supervised by Te Tumu’s staff for the MIndS degree and multi-disciplinary research projects are encouraged.


Robyn Russell, Client Services Administrator
Tel   +64 3 479 7384