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The Master of Indigenous Studies (MIndS) programme has been offered at the University of Otago for over 10 years. It is an internationally recognised, high-quality Master's degree with a track record of excellent graduates since 2004. To date there are over 60 graduates who hold the degree of Master of Indigenous Studies. The programme is part of the cohort of other post graduate programmes offered in Te Tumu.

The MIndS programme was developed as a way of engaging with indigenous issues and peoples. The degree was formulated on the basis that Māori, Pacific Island and other Indigenous peoples have unique bodies of knowledge about customary, environmental and cultural practices. The degree prepares graduates for administrative and leadership roles with indigenous communities not only in New Zealand but also abroad. The course is aimed at those who already have a degree and have been part of an indigenous community. This is either through them being a member of an indigenous or ethnic community or working in an area that has an indigenous component. Additionally, those who have an interest in indigenous issues will find the course useful for further knowledge on the subject.

The MIndS programme is also available through Distance Learning. It is also an entry qualification for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and to date there are four former students who have completed a PhD after their MIndS.

The course will appeal to those who are in employment and who want to up-skill in their workplace. This is part of the rationale for the course being taught online so that students can complete the course anywhere in New Zealand or overseas. This degree requires at least twelve months of full-time, or the equivalent in part-time, study to complete.

About Te Tumu

Halo olketa, Yokwe, Kam na mauri, Bula vinaka, Faiakse'ea, Talofa, Taloha ni, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orana, Aloha, Ia orana, Tēnā koutou katoa! Welcome to Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies.

Since it's inception in 1990, Te Tumu has rapidly gained an international reputation as one of the preferred places in New Zealand to learn about Māori, Pacific and Indigenous languages, cultures and societies. Our multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary staff, students, research and teaching is reflected in our name Te Tumu, a pan-Polynesian term which is often used in Māori in the phrase te tumu herenga waka - a post for tying up canoes. We liken ourselves as a foundation which staff, students and guests can anchor themselves to for the duration of their stay at the University of Otago. We hope that you, like many others who have also done, choose Te Tumu as a place to become critically aware of the world around you and gain the skills to actively participate in that world.

Originally established as a Department of Māori Studies, Te Tumu has undergone several transformations to become a School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies. We have now expanded our undergraduate offerings to include Māori Studies, Pacific Islands Studies and Indigenous Development.

Find out more about studying at Te Tumu.

Learn more about the history of Te Tumu.

We welcome you into our School and we look forward to working with you in your pursuit of tertiary qualifications and educational excellence.


Visit the Master of Indigenous Studies (MIndS) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

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