Taught master's degrees


At UC we use the following terms for different purposes but to signal similar types of degree:

  • Taught master’s
  • Coursework based master’s
  • Applied master’s
  • 180 point master’s

These are professionally focused master’s degrees, most of which can be completed in around 12 months full-time study. The majority of taught master's degrees consist of coursework only, but some include a dissertation or project report.

Entry requirements

Admission to a master’s degree is based on the evaluation of evidence of your ability to undertake postgraduate study in a specialist field of enquiry or professional practice. The primary basis for selection is on academic merit, however consideration may also be given to other factors.

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.

You are also required to meet the UC’s English language requirements to gain entry.

Admission to master’s degrees can be competitive, and some departments and schools may, have additional requirements. Refer to the specific master’s programme you are interested in for detailed entry requirements.

Qualification options

Taught master’s degrees are available in the following subjects:


A number of master’s programmes allow for a combination of individual research and coursework. All are completed in a one-to-two-year period (longer if part-time) depending on your earlier qualifications and the particular degree.

Part-time study because of employment, family, health or other reasons may be possible but is not automatic.

Further study

It may not be possible to transfer to a PhD from a taught master’s degree. See transferring from a master’s to a PhD for more information.