Master of Arts (Thesis)
The Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis) is composed of a substantial body of original research in a wide variety of Arts subjects. It provides the opportunity to contribute to new knowledge in the field and build on academic skills.
MA(Thesis) students within the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata benefit from:
- a lively and supportive postgraduate culture
- access to world-class research centres in the humanities and social sciences.
Those interested in coursework-based studies and internship opportunities in their subject may consider the Master of Arts.
Students must have qualified for a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard) within one of the Arts subjects offered in the MA(Thesis).
With approval from the Dean of Arts, you may be able to complete the MA(Thesis) in a different subject from your BA(Hons) qualification.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
See the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata website for more information on the MA(Thesis) enrolment process and the application form.
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The Master of Arts (Thesis) degree consists of a 120-point thesis in a chosen subject.
Students can begin their studies on the first day of any month. Full-time study will usually take 1 to 2 years, and part-time study is available, and may be for up to 4 years.
Students will complete a thesis course listed in one of the subjects below:
Students may go onto Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in their subject.
With permission from the Dean of Postgraduate Research, students who have begun their thesis may apply to transfer to the PhD.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For study planning help contact the College of Arts:
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800