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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Master of Arts
MA

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Master of Arts requires that the candidate:

(a) meets the University admission requirements as specified;

and shall have:

(b) been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in the intended postgraduate subject with at least a B grade average across the 200-300 level specialisation courses; or equivalent; or

(c) been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a subject in the intended postgraduate subject, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts with an endorsement in the intended postgraduate subject, or an equivalent qualification, with at least a B+ grade average across the 700-level courses for entry to the Research Pathway or a B grade average across the 700-level courses for entry to the Coursework Pathway

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Master of Arts shall follow a parts-based programme of study totalling at least 180 credits, comprising:

(a) completion of Part One and Part Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Qualification;

(b) completion of a subject.

3. Notwithstanding Regulation 2, the programme of study for candidates admitted under Regulation 1(c) will consist of at least 120 credits from courses listed in the Schedule for a subject, including:

(a) Part Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and

(b) up to 60 credits from Part One courses listed in the Schedule for a subject.

Specialisations

4. Candidates for the Degree of Master of Arts must complete the requirements for one subject.

5. The requirements for each subject are set out in the Schedule for the Qualification.

6. Subjects available are: Defence and Security Studies, Economics, Education, English, Geography, History, Māori Knowledge, Media Studies, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Second Language Teaching, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Sociology and Spanish.

Student Progression

7. For progression to Part Two in the Master of Arts (Coursework Pathway), candidates must have achieved at least a B grade average in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One.

8. For progression to Part Two in the Master of Arts (Research Pathway), candidates must have achieved at least a B+ grade average in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One.

9. Candidates who do not meet the criteria for progression to Part Two, but who have achieved at least a C grade average in the first 60 credits of courses in Part One, may transfer to the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.

10. In cases of sufficient merit the Degree of Master of Arts may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

Completion Requirements

11. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

12. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes. Candidates who do not meet the requirements for progression from Part One to Part Two, or who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

13. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

14. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates who commenced study towards the Politics subject prior to 1 January 2020 who have completed 219.708 and/or 200.762 will be permitted to substitute one or both of these courses for 200.701 and/or 200.702. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2022.

15. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Study provisions specified in the Part I regulations to the degree, candidates who commenced study towards the Māori Knowledge subject prior to 01 January 2020 may elect to be awarded the alternative specialisation title of Māori Studies on completion. These transition arrangements expire 01 December 2022.

16. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Study provisions specified in the Part I regulations to the degree, candidates who commenced study towards the Politics and International Relations subject prior to 01 January 2021 may elect to be awarded the alternative specialisation title of Politics on completion. These transition arrangements expire 01 December 2023.

Schedule for the Master of Arts

Subjects

Defence and Security Studies (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

Compulsory course

294.790 Research Methods in Defence and Security Studies 30 credits

Subject courses

294.701 New Zealand National Security 30 credits

294.704 Command, Leadership and Management 30 credits

294.709 Terrorism 30 credits

294.711 Theories in Defence and Security 30 credits

294.712 Economic and Environmental Security 30 credits

294.713 Counter-Terrorism 30 credits
R 149.740

294.715 Asia-Pacific Security Environment 30 credits

294.741 Intelligence in the International Security Environment 30 credits

294.744 Intelligence Operations 30 credits

294.770 Border and Maritime Security 30 credits

294.798 Research Report (30) 30 credits
R 294.799

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

294.873 Research Report Defence and Security Studies (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

294.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

294.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 294.881

294.883 Thesis 90 credits

294.891 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

294.892 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 294.891

294.894 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

294.895 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 294.894

294.899 Thesis 120 credits

Economics (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (60 credits)

30 credits from

125.785 Research and Analytics in Economics and Finance 30 credits

178.732 Advanced Econometrics 30 credits
P 125.785 or any 300-level Econometrics course

Subject courses

178.702 Macroeconomics 30 credits
P 178.703; or 178.200 and either 178.220 or 178.280 R 178.700, 178.714

178.703 The Theory and Practice of Economics 30 credits

178.712 International Monetary Economics 30 credits
P 178.703 or 125.700 or 125.330 or Appraisal Required

178.713 Microeconomics 30 credits
P 178.301 or 178.703

178.718 Health Economics 30 credits

178.755 Economic Growth, International and Development Economics 30 credits

178.775 The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation 30 credits
P 115.113 or 115.106 or 178.1xx or 178.703

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

178.894 Research Report 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (120 credits from)

178.897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

178.898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 178.897

178.899 Thesis 120 credits

Education (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

254.702 Facing Big Questions in Education 30 credits

254.744 Educational Issues Among Pacific Islands Peoples in New Zealand 30 credits

254.773 Educational Policy Analysis 30 credits

254.774 Evaluation of Educational Organisations 30 credits

254.775 Management of Human Resources in Educational Organisations 30 credits

261.765 Trends in Digital Education 30 credits

263.704 Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning 30 credits

265.737 Young Children and Their Families 30 credits

267.782 Quantitative Research in Education 15 credits
R 267.720; 267.788; 267.723; 267.780

267.783 Qualitative Research in Education 15 credits
R 267.720; 267.723; 267.780; 267.788

269.733 Mana Motuhake: Contemporary Issues in Māori & Indigenous Education 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

267.860 Professional Inquiry 60 credits
P One of 267.740, 267.741, 267.782, 267.783 R 267.871

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

267.871 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
P Two of 267.740, 267.741, 267.782, 267.783 R 267.899

267.872 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 267.871 R 267.899

267.880 Thesis 90 credits
P Two of 267.740, 267.741, 267.782, 267.783 R 180.791, 180.898, 186.894, 267.881, 267.882

267.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits
P Two of 267.740, 267.741, 267.782, 267.783; all of 249.744, 258.722, 256.754, 256.755 and 267.781 for MEdPsych R 180.897, 186.891, 186.892, 186.893, 187.892, 267.880

267.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 267.881 R 267.880

267.899 Thesis 120 credits
P Two of 267.740, 267.741, 267.782, 267.783 R 267.871, 267.872

English (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

List A: Subject courses (At least 30 credits from)

139.703 Critical and Creative Research 30 credits

139.710 Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of Writing 30 credits

139.724 Literary Revolutions: Romantic and Victorian Literature 30 credits

139.728 Early Modern Drama: Form and Performance 30 credits

139.750 Contemporary New Zealand Writers in an International Context 30 credits

139.758 Postcolonial Theory and Writing 30 credits

List B: Subject courses (No more than 30 credits from)

139.763 Community Theatre 30 credits

139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing 30 credits

154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

139.873 Research Report English (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

139.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

139.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 139.816

139.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

139.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 139.881

139.883 Thesis 90 credits

139.899 Thesis 120 credits

Geography (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

145.707 Economic Geography 30 credits

145.710 Consumption and Place 30 credits

145.711 Foundations in Human Geography 30 credits
R 145.706

145.712 Frontiers in Human Geography 30 credits
R 145.701

145.730 Applied Coastal Geomorphology 15 credits
R 145.705

145.731 Applied Fluvial Geomorphology 15 credits
R 145.705

145.732 Landslide Investigation and Management 15 credits
R 145.705

145.734 Paleoecology, Palynology and Biogeography 15 credits
R 145.704

145.735 Detecting Geomorphic Change 15 credits
R 145.702

145.736 Advanced Physical Geography Techniques 15 credits
R 145.702

145.739 GIS Principles and Applications 30 credits
R 132.738

145.740 GIS Programming and Practice 30 credits
P 132.738 or 145.739 R 132.740

145.799 Research Report (30) 30 credits

233.721 Global Climate Change 15 credits
P 145.320 or 233.310 R 145.704, 233.702

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

145.873 Research Report Geography (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

145.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

145.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 145.881

145.883 Thesis 90 credits

145.897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

145.898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 145.897

145.899 Thesis 120 credits

History (180 credits)

Research Pathway only

Part One: Compulsory courses (60 credits from)

148.720 Advanced Historiography 30 credits

148.730 Advanced Historical Methodology 30 credits

Part Two (120 credits from)

148.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

148.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 148.816

148.899 Thesis 120 credits

Media Studies (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

154.701 Modern and Postmodern Visual Cultures 30 credits

154.702 Advanced Film Studies 30 credits

154.704 Researching Media and Cultural Studies 30 credits

154.707 The World of Noir 30 credits

154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media 30 credits

154.709 Technology and Cultural Change 30 credits

154.747 Media Practice and Global Culture 30 credits
P 154.204 or 154.224 or 154.304

219.705 Advanced News Media Processes 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

154.873 Research Report Media Studies (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

154.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

154.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 154.816

154.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

154.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 154.881

154.883 Thesis 90 credits

154.899 Thesis 120 credits

Museum Studies (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

Compulsory course

150.715 Taonga Tuku Iho: Heritage Aotearoa 30 credits

Subject courses

167.742 Collection Management 30 credits

167.743 Museum Management 30 credits

167.744 Museums and the Public 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

167.890 Advanced Research Practicum 60 credits

167.896 Research Report Museum Studies (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

167.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

167.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 167.816

167.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

167.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 167.881

167.883 Thesis 90 credits

167.899 Thesis 120 credits

Māori Knowledge (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

Compulsory course

150.714 Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies 30 credits

Subject courses

150.701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30 credits

150.702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement 30 credits

150.710 Te Reo Whakawhitiwhiti: The Language of Everyday Communication 30 credits

150.711 Te Tau-Ihu o te Reo: Advanced Māori Literature 30 credits

150.715 Taonga Tuku Iho: Heritage Aotearoa 30 credits

150.799 Research Report (30) 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

150.873 Research Report Māori Studies (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

150.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

150.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 150.816

150.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

150.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 150.881

150.883 Thesis 90 credits

150.899 Thesis 120 credits

Philosophy (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (90 credits)

Compulsory course

134.710 Philosophical Research 30 credits

Subject courses

134.740 Advanced Study of Philosophical Topics 30 credits

134.750 Advanced Study of Philosophical Texts 30 credits

134.760 Advanced Philosophical Inquiry 30 credits

134.799 Research Report (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

134.873 Research Report Philosophy (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (90 credits from)

134.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

134.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 134.816

134.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

134.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 134.881

134.883 Thesis 90 credits

134.899 Thesis 120 credits

Politics and International Relations (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (90 credits)

Compulsory courses (30 credits from)

176.702 Advanced Social Inquiry 30 credits

Compulsory course selection (At least 60 credits from)

200.701 Advanced Political Thought 30 credits

200.702 Comparative Politics 30 credits
R 200762

200.761 International Relations: Theory and Practice 30 credits

Subject courses

131.703 Gender and Development 30 credits

150.701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

200.873 Research Report Politics (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (90 credits from)

200.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

200.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 200.881

200.883 Thesis 90 credits

Psychology (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (60 credits)

Compulsory course

175.738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design 15 credits

Subject courses

175.718 Postmodernism and Psychology 15 credits

175.719 Applied Criminal Psychology 15 credits

175.720 Advanced Psychology of Women 15 credits

175.721 Child and Family Therapy 15 credits

175.722 Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology 15 credits

175.724 Advanced Experimental Psychology 30 credits
P 175.203 and either 175.205 or 175.206

175.725 Advanced Social Psychology 30 credits

175.729 Psychology and Culture 15 credits

175.730 Professional Practice in Psychology 15 credits

175.732 Psychological Well-being in Organisations 15 credits

175.733 Sustainable Livelihood 15 credits

175.734 Child Clinical Neuropsychology 15 credits

175.737 Occupational Psychology 15 credits

175.739 Health Psychology: Understanding Health and Illness 15 credits

175.740 Occupational Health Psychology 15 credits

175.741 Psychological Assessment in Organisations 15 credits

175.743 Health Psychology: The Social Context 15 credits

175.744 Health Psychology: Promoting Health 15 credits

175.746 Psychological Research: Quantitative Data Analysis 15 credits

175.747 The Psychology of Sport and Exercise 15 credits

175.748 The Psychology of Organisational Change 15 credits

175.750 Qualitative Methods in Psychology 15 credits

175.751 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 15 credits

175.761 Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 15 credits

175.781 Clinical Psychopathology 15 credits

175.782 Clinical Psychology Assessment 15 credits

175.783 Clinical Psychology Interventions 15 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

175.873 Research Report Psychology (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (120 credits from)

175.894 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

175.896 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
P C 175.894

175.899 Thesis 120 credits

Psychology - Health Psychology (180 credits)

No new enrolments

Second Language Teaching (180 credits)

No new enrolments

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

272.702 Second Language Learning Theories and Processes 30 credits

272.703 Contemporary Approaches to Language Teaching Methodology 30 credits

272.704 Contextualising Curriculum and Materials Design 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

272.873 Research Report 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

272.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

272.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 272.816

272.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

272.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 272.881

272.883 Thesis 90 credits

272.899 Thesis 120 credits

Social Anthropology (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

Compulsory courses (60 credits from)

146.701 Contemporary Approaches in Anthropological Theory 30 credits

146.703 The Practice of Anthropology 30 credits

Subject courses (No more than 60 credits from)

146.707 Reading and Writing Ethnography 30 credits

Coursework Pathway only

146.708 Anthropology Today: Current Issues 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

146.873 Research Report (60 credits) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

146.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

146.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 146.816

146.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

146.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 146.881

146.883 Thesis 90 credits

146.899 Thesis 120 credits

Social Policy (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (90 credits)

Compulsory courses (90 credits from)

179.702 Advanced Research Methods 30 credits

279.701 Social Policy and Political Economy 30 credits

279.703 Social Policy Studies 30 credits

Subject courses

132.741 Long-Term Community Planning 30 credits
R 132.737 (2008 only)

179.783 Māori Development and the Social Services 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

279.873 Research Report Social Policy (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (90 credits from)

279.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

279.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 279.881

279.898 Thesis 90 credits

Sociology (180 credits)

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 60 and 90 credits)

Compulsory courses (60 credits from)

176.701 Current Issues and Theories 30 credits

176.702 Advanced Social Inquiry 30 credits

Subject courses

176.704 Working Sociologically: An Advanced Practicum 30 credits

176.718 Environmental Sociology 30 credits

176.799 Research Report (30) 30 credits

Part Two: Coursework Pathway (60 credits from)

176.873 Research Report Sociology (60) 60 credits

Part Two: Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

176.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

176.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 176.816

176.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

176.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 176.881

176.883 Thesis 90 credits

176.899 Thesis 120 credits

Spanish (180 credits)

Part One: Research Pathway only (90 credits from)

Compulsory courses

245.700 Advanced Spanish Communication 30 credits

245.701 Latin American Cultural Identities 30 credits

245.702 Hispanic Postcolonial Representations 30 credits

Part Two (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

245.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

245.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 245.816

245.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

245.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 245.881

245.883 Thesis 90 credits

245.899 Thesis 120 credits

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