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Master of Arts - History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #176 (QS) Dunedin, New Zealand
History moves like tectonic plates: mostly imperceptibly, but sometimes with astonishing ruptures. This Master of Arts - History is taught at University of Otago.

Overview

What kinds of historical shifts lie behind a Brexit, a Trump, or a Treaty of Waitangi for that matter? What counts as historical truth in a world of ‘alternative facts’? Studying Master of Arts - History at University of Otago provides students with a deep feeling for the ways time has shaped today’s complex world, and the intellectual tools to tackle an enticingly wide range of professional and career challenges.

Career opportunities 

Employers value history graduates for their ability to research, analyse, and communicate. History graduates know how to deal with large amounts of information and sift out the essential. As well as becoming teachers and researchers, historians find jobs in areas ranging from journalism and public affairs to management and finance. 

Examples of positions held by Otago history graduates include: Analyst, Wigram Capital Advisors; Diplomat, New Zealand High Commission, Pretoria, South Africa; Community Engagement Executive, Movember Foundation; History curator, Te Papa Tongarewa; Curator Human History, Canterbury Museum; Digital Content Analyst, University of Canterbury; Historian, Waitangi Tribunal; Data Analyst, AgResearch; Event and Marketing Manager, Southland Chamber of Commerce; Social Media and Content Analyst, Bank of New Zealand; Freelance Book Publicist; Heritage Advisor, Heritage New Zealand. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Dissertation
  • Writing and Revision for Graduate Research 
  • Research Methods in the Humanities 
  • Key Debates in the Humanities

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications close 31 October but late applications, not requiring evaluation for credit, may be considered until 10 December.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    95

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  • Minimum required score:

    587

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General Requirements

  • Entrance requirements for postgraduate study vary by programme with most requiring a minimum bachelor-level qualification in the same field, and some having additional requirements such as relevant work experience and/or professional registration in New Zealand. 
  • A postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor's degree.
  • If you hold an honours degree or postgraduate diploma you may be able to eligible for master’s study by thesis only. In some cases if you hold a bachelor’s degree you may apply for a coursework master’s degree or for master’s study by coursework and thesis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21048 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21044 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    5448 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5452 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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  • National: 8,028 NZD
  • International: 31,500 NZD

Living costs for Dunedin

  • 1000 - 2300 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The University offers a number of generous masters’ awards and doctoral scholarships (for PhD and other doctoral-level study). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, research ability (where applicable) and suitability within the department. No interview is required. Students already receiving a full scholarship covering tuition fees and living costs are not usually eligible.

You can find out more about our scholarship options by visiting our scholarship page: https://www.otago.ac.nz/international/future-students/international-scholarships/

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