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The Master of Māori and Pacific Development (MMPD) will take you through an advanced assessment of the underlying concepts and principles associated with social, cultural, political and economic development for indigenous peoples.

You'll explore approaches to solving problems in the theory and practice of indigenous development, and more so in the realms of Māori and Pacific Development.

You can be assured that you are studying with the best. Our lecturers remain at the coalface of global development challenges and discourses including the refugee crisis, climate change, environmental issues, economic development challenges, labour migration, sustainable development, poverty and illiteracy.

You'll be learning with those who are recognised as development practitioners in NZ, Pacific and internationally through their projects, networks and collaborations. This includes projects for UNESCO, ASPBAE (Asia South Pacific Association for Adult and Basic Education) and other civil society groups. Our staff are also working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as agreed upon by the United Nations in 2015.

Course Structure

120 Point Masters

The Master of Māori and Pacific Development involves two semesters of full time study or its equivalent in part time study.

Students may choose from the following options:

  • a 120 point thesis, or
  • a 90 point thesis and 30 points from an approved 500 level paper, or
  • a 60 point dissertation and 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

At least 60 points must be gained from a single subject. Up to 30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree.

Students should normally have qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma or its equivalent and have normally achieved a B+ or better.

180 Point Masters Requirements

To be admitted to the MMPD directly from a BMPD or BA, or equivalent, students will need to gain a high level of attainment in their relevant 300 level papers, normally an A-. This requirement, combined with the inclusion of an approved research methodology paper, will underpin successful completion of a significant research project of 60, 90, or 120 points.

This pathway involves one full calendar year or one and a half academic calendar years or its equivalent in part-time study. It comprises 180 points of which at least 60 points at 500 level from one subject must be taken, including an approved research methods paper, and any compulsory papers prescribed in the relevant subject. Students must take either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis, or a 60 point dissertation.

Career opportunities

  • Government Ministries and Agencies
  • Public Corporations
  • International Organisations
  • Public Service/Administration
  • Local Government
  • Small and Medium Business ownership
  • Business Planning
  • Appraisal and Evaluation
  • Negotiation and Facilitation
  • Health, Training and Welfare
  • Local and Tribal Authorities
  • Marae, Community  and Non-governmental Work
  • Research, Consultancy and Needs and Impacts Assessments

Visit the Master of Maori and Pacific Development (MMPD) page on the University of Waikato website for more details!




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