Postgraduate study in Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations is a great place for you to develop your knowledge and skills as a political thinker and researcher. We are in the top 100 for politics in the world* and take pride in the excellence of our teaching and supervision.

We offer a range of seminars and events to encourage debate and engagement between students and staff. Our research students are treated as part of our community of scholars and are encouraged to play a central part in our academic and social activities.

Resources available include the Chapman Audio Visual Archive, the New Zealand Foreign Policy Research Archive, and the Jonathan Hunt Collection.

*2015 QS World University Rankings.

Postgraduate study opportunities

You can design a course of study that is suited to your own research interests and career goals. We offer postgraduate courses across the four main strands of Politics and International Relations:

  • Political theory
  • New Zealand and comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Public policy

Courses emphasise topical issues, eg, human rights, international terrorism and security, diplomacy, multicultural identity, political marketing, leadership, and politics and the media.

You can take taught courses to prepare for either a career or further postgraduate study. Wherever possible, we encourage you to undertake supervised research.

Find a supervisor

You can find out about our research interests and find a suitable supervisor for your postgraduate research using FindaThesis

Postgraduate careers

Our graduates have a diverse range of careers in the legislative and executive branches of government, the public service (such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Treasury), political journalism, television production and presenting, teaching, the legal profession, advertising, and business and commerce.

Meet some of our students and graduates.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and International Relations

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 Political Studies or Politics and International Relations. 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.

Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations

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 Politics and International Relations is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Political Studies or Politics and International Relations 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 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. The MA in Politics and International Relations is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Political Studies or Politics and International Relations. 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 Politics and International Relations, contact an Adviser.