Master of Māori and Indigenous Studies*
The Master of Māori and Indigenous Studies (MMaor) prepares graduates for a professional career in this area. It provides advanced knowledge of the subject, and an introduction to research and research-based knowledge, emphasising critical thinking.
The MMaor consists of four Māori and Indigenous Studies courses followed by further coursework and research papers or a dissertation.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.
If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.
Qualification specific requirements
Candidates wishing to enrol in the MMaor must have either:
- qualified for a bachelor's degree with a major in Te Reo Māori or Māori and Indigenous Studies or a related subject, with at least a B average in 60 points at 300-level; or
- qualified for a bachelor's degree and have completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts in either Te Reo Māori or Māori and Indigenous Studies with at least a B average in 60 points at 300-level; or
- qualified for a bachelor's degree and demonstrated both relevant professional experience and a high level of competency in Te Reo Māori or Māori and Indigenous Studies; or
- completed the four courses for the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Studies with a B average or better; and
- been approved by the Dean of Arts (Academic).
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Māori and Indigenous Studies or use the admission requirements checker.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification structure and duration
Students will normally complete at least four courses before enrolling for a Research Dissertation.
36 months full-time or up to 72 months part-time.
Subjects and courses
The course of study for the MMaor degree comprises one of the following:
- MAOR401 Te Matakahi: Indigenous Critical Theory
- MAOR402 Ngā Take: Ngā Tohetohe
- MAOR403 Korero Nehera: Ancient History of the Māori
- four other courses chosen from MAOR401–480 and one Major Research Dissertation (MAOR590 Rangahau - Major Research Dissertation), or
- five other courses chosen from MAOR402–480 and one Minor Research Dissertation (MAOR591 Rangahau - Minor Research Dissertation), or
- five other courses chosen from MAOR402–480 and two Research Papers (MAOR592 Rangahau - Research Paper and MAOR593 Rangahau - Research Paper).
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Māori and Indigenous Studies.
For study planning help contact the Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous Studies or the College of Arts:
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800