Masters degrees in Australasian History explore the heritage and human development of Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring islands within the Oceania region. Programmes offer the chance to focus on the history of indigenous peoples or the processes of colonisation, conflict and independence that have shaped Australasia in recent centuries.
Related subjects and specialisms include Australian History and New Zealand history as well as topics such as Maori and Indigenous Studies.
The history of Oceania in general – and Australasia specifically – is as rich as you’d expect from this geographically, ecologically and culturally diverse region. Much remains to be properly examined and re-contextualised for the post-colonial period, meaning there’s exciting work to be done by postgraduate students.
Such a broad and varied region also lends itself to specialisation. You might choose a course (or prepare a dissertation) focussing on a single country, or upon a particular topic such as aboriginal history or processes of contact with the western world.
Careers with a Masters in the History of Oceania and Australasia include opportunities in heritage, creative industries or communication fields. Needless to say, your specific experience and expertise will also make you an ideal candidate for roles in and around the region you’ve studied.