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Master's degree

Master of Arts

03 October 2023

UC's Master of Arts (MA) provides an opportunity to critically examine current practice in your chosen Art subject while showing you understand the principles of research. Learn more about studying a Master of Arts through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts.


Master of Arts

Degree Structure - Duration
1–2 years full-time


Master of Arts

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2025 tuition fees estimate per 180 points:

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $55,200


Master of Arts


The Master of Arts (MA) degree consists of taught coursework, which may include internship opportunities, and independent research in a wide variety of Arts subjects. It provides the opportunity to critically examine current practices in the field, while also demonstrating understanding of the principles of research.

MA students within Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts benefit from:

Those interested in a research-focused programme of study in their subject may consider the Master of Arts (Thesis).

Master of Arts

Entry requirements

You will need to have qualified for an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard).

You must also satisfy the prerequisites for a major subject. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject is required.

If you do not meet the prerequisites in your chosen subject, you may be able to complete a qualifying course, or substitute relevant professional practice or other work experience that satisfies your ability to pursue postgraduate-level studies in that subject.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Arts or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Arts

Subjects and courses

Compulsory course



You will need to complete a minimum of 60 points in 400-level courses, as well as the dissertation course, in one of the subjects below.

The remaining 30 points in the degree can be made up from 400-level courses in an appropriate subject, or the internship course PACE495 Professional and Community Engagement Internship.


Master of Arts

Further study

You may go onto Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in your subject after completion of this degree.

Master of Arts

Career opportunities

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.

Useful information:


2025 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $55,200

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $11,998
  • International — $53,100

SSL estimate (per 180 points):

  • 2025 — to be confirmed
  • 2024 — $1375.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)

Master of Arts

How do I plan my degree?

The Master of Arts degree consists of a total 180 points, made up from a 30-point compulsory course in introductory research methods, at least 60 points in a single subject, a maximum of 30 points from an internship or other relevant subject, and a 60-point dissertation.

You would normally begin studies in February, but a July start may be possible, with studies taught over three semesters (18 months full-time).

Part-time study is also possible for up to 3 years, however the dissertation course would normally be completed full-time.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Arts.


Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

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