12 months
35108 USD/year
9201 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Indigenous Studies from Victoria University of Wellington positions Māori and Pacific cultures and histories in the global context of indigenous colonial and post-colonial experiences, cultural rights, and self determination.


Key facts

Take your undergraduate degree in Māori Studies, Pacific Studies, or Education to the next level, or get a qualification that underpins your career supporting Māori and indigenous communities here or overseas.

Ethical, respectful, culturally appropriate

You’ll learn to debate and negotiate indigenous issues in a persuasive, sophisticated, culturally appropriate, and respectful manner. Explore indigenous perspectives on sustainable development, resource management, governance, language, education, economics, or science.

Deepen your understanding of the ethical responsibilities of indigenous research, and conceptualise and articulate your knowledge of indigenous political and cultural relationships. The Indigenous Studies Program is offered at the Victoria University of Wellington .

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Ta Te Maori Rangahau/Methodology of Maori Research
  • Theory and Methods in Pacific Studies 
  • Research as Praxis: Indigenous Perspectives 
  • Invasive Species, Biosecurity and Law
  • Research as Praxis: Indigenous Perspectives 
  • Education, Development and Change in Aotearoa 
  • Education for the Indigenous People of the Pacific 
  • Critical Pedagogies of Place 
  • Special Topic: Place, Space and Identity 
  • Māori Literature in History 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  •  A Bachelor’s degree with at least a B average or equivalent in a relevant subject. You may also be required to demonstrate your proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35108 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35108 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9201 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9201 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • NZ$12,861 national
  • NZ$49,071 international

Living costs for Wellington

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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