Postgraduate study and research in History

History at the University of Auckland has a well-established graduate programme and a lively graduate culture, covering many areas within New Zealand history as well as non-New Zealand topics. We have established links with leading research-intensive universities in North America, Europe and Asia and strongly support staff, PhD students, and MA students in conducting research abroad and presenting at international conferences.

Opportunities for postgraduate study and research

Postgraduate study in History enables you to extend your skills and pursue specialised areas of historical research to suit your interests.

Study and research opportunities reflect staff research expertise in History:

  • New Zealand history - social, political and cultural
  • Māori history
  • modern US history
  • the Pacific Islands and their historical development
  • Australian history
  • Chinese, Japanese and South-East Asian history
  • European history - medieval, early modern and modern
  • thematic areas of history: sexuality, science and technology, medicine, gender, the environment, race, religion and film.

You are encouraged to become familiar with current debates on the nature of history and with the major theoretical developments which have influenced the field in the past 20 years.

Find out more about postgraduate study in History.

Current and recently completed MA thesis topics


For postgraduate research you will work closely with one or more academic staff. We encourage you to contact potential supervisors to discuss research options.

Find out more about staff research in History.


PhD students

You will be supervised by our researchers and have access to a range of resources to assist you in your academic and professional development. These can include graduate teaching assistantships, scholarships and writing stipends, funds to cover direct research costs and access to library and computing facilities.

We look forward to your contribution to the intellectual life and research profile of History.

For more information on the PhD: