Postgraduate study in Pacific Studies

A postgraduate qualification in Pacific Studies will extend, refine and apply the knowledge and skills you acquired in your first degree by taking a more focused look at the Pacific region and its peoples.

Postgraduate study opportunities in Pacific Studies

There are taught courses on Pacific language acquisition and teaching, continuity and change in the Pacific, and topics in Pacific research. You can take an interdisciplinary approach to the Pacific and draw upon knowledge from Art History, Education, English, Geography, History and Mäori Studies.

Postgraduate careers

Pacific Studies can be useful in the New Zealand context for careers in education, the public service, health, social service, social welfare, commerce, advertising, marketing, journalism, Pacific Islands language instruction, interpreting and translation.

Meet some of our students and graduates.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Pacific 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

Either:

  • A major in Pacific Studies and a minor in one of: Anthropology, Art History, Education, English, History, Linguistics, Maori Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies
  • Or a major in one of the subjects listed above and a minor in Pacific Studies.

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 Pacific 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. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

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

Required course of study

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

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. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

Either
a) a BA with a major in Pacific Studies and a minor in one of: Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Education, English, History, Linguistics, Māori Studies, Samoan, Sociology, Tongan, Women’s Studies
or
b) a BA with a major in one of the subjects listed above and a minor in Pacific Studies.

  • You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.
  • You will need competency in a Pacific language equivalent to passes in COOKIS 201, SAMOAN 201, TONGAN 201, or equivalent. You may satisfy this requirement while enrolled for this programme.

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 Pacific Studies, contact an Adviser.