Postgraduate study in History

We have a lively postgraduate culture and also offer opportunities for tutoring undergraduate courses in History.

Postgraduate study opportunities in History

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

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.

See our featured academic staff profiles of Professor Jonathan Scott and Professor Linda Bryder.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History

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 BA with a major in History. You must have an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

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.

To view an up-to-date selection of postgraduate courses visit the History course page.

Master of Arts in History

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 History is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in History with an average grade of B or higher. 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 History is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in History. 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 postgraduate study in History, contact an Adviser.