Graduate and Postgraduate Study


We welcome all graduate and postgraduate students who intend to study in the Faculty, whether your undergraduate degree was taken at The University of Waikato or whether you completed your first degree at another tertiary institution. We welcome those of you who are returning to study at graduate, drawing upon your own experiences of work, parenthood, or travel for inspiration in your studies. We welcome with special warmth graduate and postgraduate students from other countries: you bring to the Faculty cosmopolitan qualities and remind us that the transmission and creation of knowledge is an international activity.

Graduate Study with FASS

The possibilities for graduate and postgraduate study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are extensive. We encourage our own graduates to pursue further study in their disciplines and we welcome enquiries from graduates of other universities.

Graduate Qualifications

The graduate and postgraduate qualifications that FASS offers include Honours and Masters Degrees, Certificates and Diplomas at Graduate and Postgraduate level, the MPhil, and two doctorates: the Doctor of Philosophy, and the Doctor of Musical Arts.

Advice & Supervision

FASS graduate advisers are able to assist you in the planning of your programme of study and can facilitate correspondence with academic staff who could supervise your research. Our academic staff are able to supervise students in their fields of interest and expertise.

Our Academic Staff

Our academic staff are leading experts in their respective fields, and are widely published in top academic journals and in print. Academic staff are able to meet and correspond with students on matters relating to their expertise and interests, and can supervise student research in those fields.

Fees, Funding & Scholarships

Available means of financing your study include student loans and allowances (for domestic students), and scholarships, including scholarships funded by FASS. FASS may also be able to provide funding for graduate research-related expenses and conference attendance.

Planning & Enrolment

Students should begin planning graduate study early in order to make adequate preparations. You must obtain agreement to your programme of study from the relevant department. This may take several days after you have submitted your Application to Enrol (ATE).

Māori Students

Māori graduate and postgrad students studying with FASS have access to a range of resources and support services through Te Aka Matua. These include a dedicated kaiāwhina as well as networking events, contestable funds, and Māori graduate conferences.

International Students

FASS offers students a range of internationally recognized and respected qualifications, and at Waikato, international doctoral students pay only domestic fees. FASS provides extensive support for our international students. Please review the International Student Application Process.