Postgraduate study and research in Pacific Studies

Opportunities for postgraduate study in Pacific Studies range from the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) to the PhD.

You can extend your knowledge and skills through coursework or specialised research projects completed under supervision.

A postgraduate degree in Pacific Studies enables you to develop both specialist and transferable skills that you could use in a variety of careers. There are also opportunities within Pacific Studies for postgraduate students to be employed as Graduate Teaching Assistants or research assistants.

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 welcome inquiries from New Zealand and international students. Please contact the Graduate Adviser for academic advice on specific programmes or courses.

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

For more information on the PhD:


Recent postgraduate research topics

A complete list of masters and doctoral theses undertaken in Pacific Studies can be accessed from the University of Auckland Theses and Dissertations database.

Current PhD students



PhD Research

Vavao Fetui

Fa'aaloalo: Respect/Notions of politeness and respect using lenses of transnational matai in diaspora
Caleb Marsters

'Run it Straight!' - Pasifika men, mental wellbeing and elite sport

Eliza Puna

Cook Islands youth: Positive mental health wellbeing and suicide prevention

Vaha Tu’itahi

Language, Worldview, and Democracy in Tonga