MA - History as a main subject
Main Subject, Second Subject
The Master of Arts involves advanced study in an Arts subject and is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge of that subject. The degree also includes a substantial component of independent research. The Master of Arts may be taken within the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, School of Arts or the School of Social Sciences.
Historians study the past to understand the present. History at Waikato will inspire you to understand current events in light of historical context and give you a first-rate history education from a top 200 QS-rated programme.
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|Years:||1 - 1.5|
|Start Dates:||Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)|
|Estimated Fees* (Domestic):||$7,416 - $8,888 per year|
|Estimated Fees* (International):||$35,900 - $40,855 (120 pts)
$53,855 - $61,290 (180 pts)
|Entry Requirements:||Postgraduate International|
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|All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
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Papers available within History
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Hist), PGDip(Hist), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc
a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in History (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or
b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in History (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division), or a PGDip in History (or equivalent) with at least a B average, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent and
c) have satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in History vary according to admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including either a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.
Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|ALPSS500||Academic & Professional Research & Writing||30.0||24A (Online), 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)|
|In this course, students will gain the skills and confidence to seamlessly transition from study to work. This course works to enhance the 'skills for the future' identified by the World Economic Forum (2020), in order to produce resilient, creative students with strong analytic and critical thinking skills.|
|ALPSS590||Directed Study||30.0||24X (Hamilton)|
|This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their major under the guidance of academic staff.|
|ALPSS591||Research Project||30.0||24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)|
|A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 12,500 words maximum).|
|ALPSS592||Dissertation||60.0||24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)|
|A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 25,000 words maximum).|
|HISTY512||Environmental History||30.0||24A (Hamilton)|
|Environmental History explores the ways in which human societies, cultures, and economies have imagined and shaped, as well as been shaped by, the natural world across time and place from the development of agriculture to 20th century environmental movements.|
|HISTY516||History and Theory||30.0||24B (Hamilton)|
|This paper prepares students for professional historical practice and higher study through an investigation of relevant historiographical theories and methodologies.|
|HISTY593||History Thesis||90.0||24X (Hamilton)|
|An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.|
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Potential PhD, MA or Honours Dissertation Candidates
All potential PhD, MA or Honours dissertation candidates must contact a current History staff member to discuss their Honours, MA or PhD dissertation topic before enrolling.
Staff may already have full supervision workloads or be away on research leave, so the sooner candidates contact staff the better. Potential candidates who wish to enrol in an Honours 591, MA programme or PhD thesis should take time to check whether current staff are available and have expertise in their chosen preferred topics.
For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information.
For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone:
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the Graduate Study Options section above.
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