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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Politics)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Take your study of politics to the next level

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Politics) you’ll build on your undergraduate interests and develop your analysis and research skills.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

With a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Politics) at Massey you can further investigate topics in politics that have taken your interest.

Understand the world around you

Politics is exciting and relevant. It’s about contests for power and how we make decisions in society: who gets what, when and how, from the local community to the global level. It’s concerned with the conflict of ideas and values. It has to do with who governs, and how and why decisions that affect all of us (such as how much students should pay to study at university or whether the UN should sanction military interventions) are made.

Small class sizes and enthusiastic lecturers

At Massey, politics is taught in a small interdisciplinary programme where you have regular and close contact with academic staff. Your lecturers are active researchers in their respective fields. They are passionate about the subject matter they teach and bring that enthusiasm to the classroom.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in going onto a Master of Arts (Politics)
  • Wish to stay relevant to current debates in politics
  • Want to investigate a particular aspect of politics
Haolun Xu
Master of Applied Statistics
International student from Northern Manchuria, Harbin, China

“Coming to study at Massey University is my fate and one of the best decisions I have ever made. Whether we are in lower, middle or upper class I believe we are all fallible and beneficial parts of society…”

Throughout my life I have witnessed and experienced political and social economic injustice. Although I was privileged to grow up in an upper class environment, many members of my family were not. This injustice made me hyperaware that something needs to change, and I knew that the greatest impetus for change is knowledge. With a strong desire to play my role in shaping a better world I decided to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) at Massey University.

I moved to New Zealand five years ago. The people are lovely and respectful and I’ve made friends for life. Studying politics in New Zealand is particularly great. Being a small country means that it is a lot easier to get in touch with government and councils to gain information, develop connections and participate at a local level. I also enjoy how politics is about developing law and policy and involves all aspects from agenda setting right through to implementation.

The lecturers at Massey are incredibly supportive and always on hand to answer questions and address any concerns.

After finishing my BA I decided to take my studies further. I am currently working towards a postgraduate diploma and hope to transition on to my masters. It is my dream to become a university politics lecturer and give back to society in as many ways as I can.


Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Politics) can lead to a range of careers, including:

  • Academia
  • Business and commerce
  • Diplomacy
  • Finance
  • Journalism and media
  • Policy advising and analysis
  • Public service
  • Research

Organisations employing our graduates include the NZ Defence Forces, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the Treasury, Air New Zealand, the Reserve Bank, the United Nations, TV3News and Amnesty International.

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