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Undergraduate subject

Māori and Indigenous Studies

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05 October 2023
Māori and Indigenous Studies is a broad subject that seeks to understand the culture, knowledge, and philosophies of Māori and indigenous peoples.


Māori and Indigenous Studies


Māori and Indigenous Studies is a broad subject that explores the culture, knowledge, and philosophies of Māori and Indigenous peoples, and their economic, political, and social experiences.

These studies are increasingly seen as central to biculturalism in Aotearoa as well as in our global multicultural society.

Māori and Indigenous Studies

What will my study involve?

  • Study a range of historical and contemporary issues that Indigenous people face such as their relationship to science and politics, public services, and material culture.
  • Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies operates as a whānau to help you explore the heritage of Aotearoa.
  • Take this subject as a minor in a wide range of bachelor’s degrees so you can combine your other subjects with mātauranga Māori.

Māori and Indigenous Studies


Māori and Indigenous Studies major

For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:




You are also encouraged to take courses in Te Reo Māori. Up to 45 points can be included in the major.

Those completing a double major in Te Reo Māori and Māori and Indigenous Studies in the Bachelor of Arts must complete a total of 270 unique points in the two course areas.

Māori and Indigenous Studies minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Psychological Science, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:


Māori and Indigenous Studies

Career opportunities

Learning perspectives and history from Indigenous peoples is considered an important and rewarding skill to have, and is often looked for in employees, particularly in countries like Aotearoa and USA as they have a strong Indigenous presence.

Careers are opening in iwi and other Māori organisations, public health, research, teaching, government organisations, and the wider community.

Career pathways could include:

  • policy analysis and advisory
  • community development
  • curator and collection management
  • training and professional development.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Māori and Indigenous Studies.

Related brochures

Undergraduate Prospectus

Whakatairanga Ākonga

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International Prospectus 2024/2025

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