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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (History)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning

Take your study of history to the next level

With Massey’s Bachelor of Arts with Honours (History), you can take your undergraduate study of history further.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) parent structure.

What is it like?

Understand the present by studying the past

History is a subject as large as our recorded past. Our cultural heritages, literature, arts, religions, politics, economics, social behaviours, buildings and landscapes all derive from past influences.

Studying history gives you an understanding of where we have been and how the world has changed. You’ll get an appreciation of how people have faced challenges at different times, with the benefit of hindsight.

Research your particular interest

With a BA Honours (History) you can investigate a particular issue in great depth. You could focus on New Zealand and the Pacific, or study a particular era, such as the medieval period, or the 20th century. You could look at a theme, such as politics, sport or social history, or just pick what takes your fancy. The courses you’ll complete will complement your focus on your chosen research area by helping you develop your research skills and quickly master the research process.

Relevant to the past, present and future of New Zealand

Through history we can understand our past, explain our present and be better equipped to predict the future. At Massey, our history programme is focused on New Zealand history and New Zealand’s place in the world. We have the strongest focus on New Zealand history of any university in the world and New Zealand themes are central to our academics’ research. This combination means you will graduate ready to shape the future of New Zealand.

Have access to top resources

Whether you study on campus or by distance, you’ll have the best resources at your fingertips. Your reading materials are engaging and available online 24/7. Class sizes are small to ensure you benefit from the wealth of knowledge that our academics have to offer.

Uncover your own historical stories

Our expertise expands across a variety of fields including medieval, military, British and European history. So no matter what you’re interested in, you’ll get the tools to tell the stories you want told.

A good fit if you:

  • Were a high-achieving undergraduate history student
  • Are interested in doing postgraduate study
  • Want to stand out in a crowded marketplace
  • Are keen to follow your intellectual curiosity and develop your research skills
  • Would like to investigate an issue in history through independent, supervised research


Massey’s BA Hons (History) prepares you for many career options, including:

  • Archiving
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Policy analysis
  • Teaching
  • Research management
  • Administration

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