Graduate and Postgraduate Study


We welcome all graduate and postgraduate students who intend to study in the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences, 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 Division cosmopolitan qualities and remind us that the transmission and creation of knowledge is an international activity.

Graduate Study with ALPSS

The possibilities for graduate and postgraduate study in the School of Arts, Te Piringa Faculty of Law, School of Psychology and School of 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 the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences 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

The Divisional 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 the Division. The Division may also be able to provide 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 the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences have access to a range of resources and support services through Te Aka Matua and Te Whakahiapo. These include a dedicated kaiāwhina as well as networking events, contestable funds, and Māori graduate conferences.

International Students

The Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences offers students a range of internationally recognized and respected qualifications, and at Waikato, international doctoral students pay only domestic fees. The Division provides extensive support for our international students.