Postgraduate study in Asian Studies

Postgraduate study in Asian Studies

We are New Zealand's largest and most comprehensive disciplinary area specialising in the study of Asia.

Postgraduate students in Asian Studies join a research community of scholars and students with interests in history, politics, literature, film studies, gender studies, social and cultural studies. Opportunities for postgraduate study reflect our multi-disciplinary approach, and a range of flexible options is available.

We also publish the Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies. This showcases the original work of postgraduate students and provides them with a unique opportunity to publish their research.

Find out more about the Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies.
 

Postgraduate study opportunities in Asian Studies

Asian Studies takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Asia, integrating aspects of Asian languages and cultures with history, politics and comparative literature.

Postgraduate work in Asian Studies requires an ability to conduct research in one or more Asian languages. You are encouraged to take advantage of the scholarships and exchange programmes offered by the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics and improve your language skills by studying abroad either before or during your postgraduate study.

If your interests are in language-related disciplines such as linguistics and foreign language teaching, refer to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
 

Postgraduate careers

Your combination of advanced language skills and in-depth knowledge of your area of interest could lead to a career in the corporate and public sectors, international organisations, NGOs, diplomacy, IT and the media, and work in Asian countries or with New Zealand's growing Asian communities.

Meet some of our students and graduates.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Asian Studies

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A major in Chinese, Japanese or Korean, and at least 45 points at Stage II or above in courses from the BA schedule for Asian Studies or a major in Asian Studies with relevant language skills as approved by the Head of School or nominee.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

Master of Arts in Asian Studies

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. The MA in Asian Studies is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Asian Studies with an average grade of B or higher, or approval of the Head of School or nominee. There are higher requirements for some research options.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. The MA in Asian Studies is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Chinese, Japanese or Korean and at least 45 points at Stage II or above in Asian Studies, or a major in Asian Studies with relevant language skills as approved by the Head of School or nominee. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Asian Studies, contact an Adviser.