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 Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts 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.
You will need to 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, 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.
One or more courses or research may require vaccination
The government has announced new vaccination requirements for the health and education sectors. At UC, our programmes are strongly connected to our communities of practice. For many of our programmes, you will not be able to complete research or practice-oriented courses if you are not vaccinated. This is due to research/practice taking place in health centres and schools/kura where all employees and volunteers are required to be vaccinated.
How to apply
See Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts website for the MA(Thesis) enrolment process and the application form.
Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The Master of Arts (Thesis) degree consists of a 120-point thesis in a chosen subject.
You can begin studies on the first day of any month. Full-time study will usually take 1 to 2 years, and part-time study is available for up to 4 years.
You will complete a thesis course listed in one of the subjects below:
You may choose to go onto Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in your subject.
With permission from the Dean of Postgraduate Research, you may apply to transfer your master's thesis 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.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
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- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Arts (Thesis).
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