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Influence positive change in your workplace with your people. NMIT now offers a Master of Applied Management pathway qualification. Read more

Influence positive change in your workplace with your people

NMIT now offers a Master of Applied Management pathway qualification. This qualification can be completed in three parts full time over 15 months, or part-time over a longer period. Students are required to complete 4 core papers, plus 4-6 (60 credits total) elective courses and a research project.

Become a manager who knows, values and utilises the natural talents of individuals 

As specialisation continues to dominate the world economy, an enlightened model of management is emerging in response. This new style of management calls for people of sharp mind who can discover what makes a person tick and amplify this to drive productivity in socially responsible ways. Effective management responds to the needs of people, process, and technology. With this programme, NMIT is leading the charge.

Aims of the programme 

  • Strengthen your skills in managing people and workplace processes 
  • Learn how to get the best work out of your people 
  • Develop effective strategies to guide your people through change 
  • Specialise in managing social and organisational complexity 
  • Develop techniques for monitoring and enhancing performance and productivity 
  • Utilise current and future technologies to achieve business goals

Key features

  • 15 months full time
  • Open entry for holders of a degree from all industry backgrounds
  • Study fully online, face-to-face on our Nelson campus, or a combination of both.
  • Range of elective courses available in
  • Management
  • International Business
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management**
  • Aquaculture**
  • Information Technology**
  • Receive quality supervision from expert advisers
  • Use recognition of prior postgraduate study, or extensive work experience, to skip courses you already hold the necessary skills and knowledge in. (See 'Recognition of Prior Learning' below)

Programme structure

Aspire for the Masters of Applied Management, with early exit options after

  • Completing the first four core courses for a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management
  • Four core courses, plus 60 credits in elective courses for a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management
  • Four core courses, 60 credit in electives, research method and proposal courses and research project for the Master of Applied Management

Recognition of prior learning

Evidence of previous postgraduate study or extensive work experience can be used to apply for recognition of prior learning, also known as Recognition of Academic Credit (RAC), potentially allowing you to skip courses which you can show you hold the required skills and knowledge for already.

Indicative timetable

We understand that many of our Postgraduate students juggle their study around other commitments, work, and home life.

Therefore we have designed our Postgraduate timetable to have courses in the early morning and late afternoon/evening, with one-hour lunchtime check-ins that could be in person or via video conference.

You can also choose to study online, giving even greater flexibility to work your study around other commitments.

We have put together an indicative timetable for a full time, face-to-face student, as an example of what your study timetable could look like. 

Download example timetable.



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Go beyond your bachelor’s degree and delve deep into a subject that interests you. Complete your MA in three semesters. The Master of Arts is 180 credits. Read more

Go beyond your bachelor’s degree and delve deep into a subject that interests you.

Complete your MA in three semesters

The Master of Arts is 180 credits. This means you can complete an MA in three semesters of full-time study. If you study part-time, an MA will normally take three years to complete. (In some disciplines - geography, social anthropology, sociology and politics - you can complete in 12 months of full-time study.)

Thrive in a world of constant change

Studying arts is transformative. Employers, industries and the labour market of the future need people who can thrive in an ever-changing global marketplace, and be able to effectively challenge and critique new ideas. Advancing your study to master’s level will further enhance your communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills so you emerge and thrive as a leader in your field.

Shape future innovation

The arts are your passport to all the world’s wonderful places. Studying at a higher level will open doors to new cultures, communities and opportunities, driving your ability to champion creative and innovative solutions for complex global issues. You will have the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a humanities or social sciences subject of your choice through a research report or a thesis.

Develop your future

The arts examine the social and cultural issues that affect people and places. Your advanced understanding of these issues will take your professional development to new heights and equip you to lead New Zealand into the future.

Careers

Graduates of the MA are adaptable and versatile. You will be able to work across a broad range of sectors and roles including:

  • Advertising
  • Aid and disaster relief workers
  • Business managers
  • Communications
  • Conflict resolution
  • Customs / immigration officers
  • Defence forces
  • Disaster relief
  • Education
  • Family therapists
  • Foreign affairs
  • Human resources
  • International business
  • Media production
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Novelists
  • Peacekeeping
  • Policy developers
  • Policy development and analysis
  • Politics
  • Project management
  • Public relations
  • Research managers
  • Risk management
  • School principals
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Special education needs
  • Specialist teachers
  • Speechwriters
  • Teaching English overseas
  • Translation
  • Travel and hospitality


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Study your specialist subject in detail and take the opportunity to contribute to the world's knowledge in that area. Enhance your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving abilities and learn to create and assess new ideas. Read more

Study your specialist subject in detail and take the opportunity to contribute to the world's knowledge in that area. Enhance your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving abilities and learn to create and assess new ideas.

Working alongside some of New Zealand’s leading academic staff, you'll complete a research thesis of up to 40,000 words and emerge as an expert in your subject with highly developed research skills.

Victoria's MA is offered in more than 40 subjects. Most programmes are by thesis only but some include coursework and require a shorter thesis, and others you can complete doing mainly coursework and a research project.

A Master of Arts will give your career prospects a boost and open doors to new opportunities. Be a leader in a humanities or social science field and help make New Zealand a better place.

Available subjects

Duration

If you are doing an MA by thesis you'll normally need to complete it within 12 months, or two years if you're studying part time.

If you are doing your MA by coursework and thesis you'll normally be able to complete your degree within 12 months, but you can take up to one year and six months. Part-time students can take up to four years to complete this MA.

Workload

If you are studying full time you can expect a workload of a minimum of 30 hours a week for much of the year. If you can't commit this many hours you should enrol as a part-time student.



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You'll complete Waikato's Master of Arts (Applied) (MA(Applied)) by studying papers on specialist topics. Your studies will give you the skills you need to work overseas. Read more

You'll complete Waikato's Master of Arts (Applied) (MA(Applied)) by studying papers on specialist topics. Your studies will give you the skills you need to work overseas. You might already be working in a different area of language teaching in New Zealand and are thinking about heading overseas, so you'd like to gain the qualification you need to do this.

Some of the topics you'll study are specific to Waikato's MA(Applied). These topics include discourse analysis and teacher cognition studies. Another distinctive topic that's increasing in importance is the theory and concepts of English for academic purposes. When you study this topic, you'll learn how to teach students who are doing higher degrees and research, so you'll develop the skills you need to teach International students doing post-graduate education. You'll be completing a degree that was the first of its kind in New Zealand - the MA(Applied) was introduced in 1992, and was the first applied linguistics degree offered here.

Teaching Staff

During your MA(Applied), you'll benefit by being taught by experts in their fields. Dr Diane Johnson specialises in language analysis, syllabus and curriculum design, teaching methodology, discourse analysis, language teacher training and materials design. Dr Roger Barnard specialises in linguistic and cultural issues facing immigrant and international learners, second language curriculum design and evaluation, teacher cognition studies, and language policy and planning. Dr Ian Bruce specialises in text and genre studies, academic writing and curriculum design, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), teacher training and pedagogy.

Practical experience

Through completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching (PGDipSLT), which is the pathway into the MA(Applied), you will be exposed to practicums organised by the programme and given the opportunity to teach under supervision.

The Applied Linguistics programme also has close connections with the University of Waikato’s Pathways College, through assistance with professional development, as well as the English programme offered through Hamilton’s Wintec.

Career Opportunities

Where can your MA(Applied) degree take you? You'll be qualified to teach English in schools and universities in a number of countries. Past graduates have gone on to achieve in many different roles, from managing a language school to being involved in academic administration, from coordinating language courses to teaching in Universities, polytechs and English language centres in New Zealand. Our graduates have taken up opportunities at Universities in China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and Mongolia. Some graduates have managed ESOL units in New Zealand schools or worked in the educational publishing field.

Subjects

Please visit http://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/master-of-arts-applied to see what subjects are available for the Master of Arts (Applied)



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New Coursework Master of Arts programme for Humanities students. The new Coursework Master of Arts (Coursework MA) programme is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary grounding for Humanities students in a range of subjects as preparation for further study or future employment. Read more

New Coursework Master of Arts programme for Humanities students

The new Coursework Master of Arts (Coursework MA) programme is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary grounding for Humanities students in a range of subjects as preparation for further study or future employment. The programme will take either 12 months or three semesters of full-time study to complete. The programme can also be studied part-time.

What funding is there?

At the moment, the BA(Hons) is the only postgraduate qualification students can receive student allowances for. For all other postgraduate qualifications, including the MA, you can get student loans but not allowances.

With backing from their department, students can apply for an MA coursework scholarship. This is competitive, i.e. based on grades. This scholarship is $10,000 which goes towards the course fees in the first instance.

Go to the scholarships page for more details about Masters scholarships.

After graduating can I go on to a PhD?

Yes. Admittance into a PhD programme, or gaining a doctoral scholarship, depends on factors such as how well you do in your MA, and whether departments have the supervisory capacity for your research. The mininum GPA for applicants is a B+ average, however your supervising department will advise on your eligibility.

What are the HUMS papers?

The HUMS papers will give you the opportunity to mix with other Humanities students studying a wide range of subjects. They are also designed to give you the broad range of knowledge and skills valued by many employers.

Currently there are three HUMS papers on offer, from which you will need to pick two. 

All papers are 30 points.



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Master of Arts under Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Are you seeking the ability to think critically and communicate well? A Master of Arts (MA) from Waikato will teach you the skills to work independently and see a major project through to completion. Read more

Master of Arts under Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Are you seeking the ability to think critically and communicate well? A Master of Arts (MA) from Waikato will teach you the skills to work independently and see a major project through to completion. These are characteristics that are highly sought after by employers.

Enrolling in a MA gives you the opportunity to engage in independent (but supervised) research in one or more of a wide range of Arts subjects. Graduating with an MA provides you with a gateway to a higher research degree or to a wide range of careers.

Master of Arts under Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

The recognition of Māori as an official language of Aotearoa has been accompanied by an acknowledgement of tangata whenua issues within the community and society as a whole. The ability to be fluent in both Māori and English has become increasingly important within a number of professional areas. These areas include: Iwi/hapu development, Education, Medicine, Research, Media, Government and Travel and Tourism.

You can choose from the following subjects: Māori Language/Te Reo Māori, Maori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori, Māori Media and Communication.

Industry Connections

The programmes within the MA host networks and relationships with a diverse range of national and international industry bodies. These include, the wider education sector (particularly with secondary schools), linguistic and cultural groups, creative, theatrical and performing groups, embassies, government, business organisations, historical organisations, international organisations, and industrial and professional groups or organisations.

Music and Theatre Studies, for example, have links directly with the public at large through the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. History has close links with the New Zealand Historical Association and English with Creative New Zealand and the Fulbright Foundation.

Career Opportunities

Our subjects equip MA graduates for specific careers. For instance, a Screen and Media Studies MA graduate might become a director or producer, a media relations adviser, a media research executive, a professional fundraiser, a public affairs specialist, a public relations consultant or a journalist. History MA graduates might become historians, museum curators, heritage researchers or work in community development (for instance, with tribal authorities). Foreign language MA graduates might work in the diplomatic service or become international marketing managers, trade commissioners, interpreters or translators – the possibilities are endless.

Subjects

To see a full list of the subjects available please visit http://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/master-of-arts



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Take a detailed look at your specialist area and open doors to new opportunities in language-related careers. You can complete the 180-point MA programme in TESOL, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Second Language Learning and Teaching. Read more

Take a detailed look at your specialist area and open doors to new opportunities in language-related careers.

You can complete the 180-point MA programme in TESOL, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Second Language Learning and Teaching. You'll need at least a B average in your major subject in your undergraduate degree to enrol.

You'll complete a mix of coursework and research working with some of New Zealand’s leading academic staff. Study alongside students from around the world and emerge as an expert in your subject.

Available subjects

Flexible options

Take advantage of flexible study options to tailor your studies to your needs. You can choose from a range of courses, and TESOL, Applied Linguistics and Second Language Learning and teaching students can study either on campus or by distance. You can complete your Master's in one year of full-time study or over two or three years part time. And for most programmes, you're also able to start studying at the beginning of any of the three trimesters during the year.

Distance learning support

If you're learning off campus, web-based resources will help ensure you have a rich learning experience and that you can be in regular contact with your lecturers.

Workload

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.



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Earn an Early Childhood Education qualification online from anywhere in the world through NZTC Global. Or study through blended learning in New Zealand as an international student through . Read more

Earn an Early Childhood Education qualification online from anywhere in the world through NZTC Global. Or study through blended learning in New Zealand as an international student through New Zealand Tertiary College.

This Master’s degree aims to advance scholarship in curriculum, leadership, advocacy and ethics at a postgraduate level through coursework. This Master’s is advantageous for those who wish to develop expertise in a specific area of educational practice.

Flexible modes of learning

Online

Online is a flexible mode of learning that enables you to obtain an NZQA approved, high quality qualification without face-to-face attendance requirements. All study is conducted through NZTC’s unique online learning environment – NZTC Online.

All learning materials and academic resources are accessed online to allow you to balance your studies with work and family commitments.

Courses are completed and assessed online, and you are part of an online learning community where you can interact with other students and lecturers through online discussion forums to assist your learning.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning blends the flexibility of online learning with face-to-face learning and practical experience, including tutorials, block courses, supervised field practice and work experience.

Other Program Requirements

Students must have access to reliable internet and a computer.

To complete the course all students will be required to engage in online discussions.

International students studying in New Zealand must attend weekly tutorials at our Auckland or Christchurch campus.

Start Dates

February, April, July and October



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Human Interface Technology aims to improve interactive technology to meet users’ needs. It is useful in a wide range of areas such as medicine, rehabilitation, education and training, entertainment and business. Read more

Overview

Human Interface Technology aims to improve interactive technology to meet users’ needs. It is useful in a wide range of areas such as medicine, rehabilitation, education and training, entertainment and business. Study in the field incorporates a diverse range of topic areas including user-centred design, the development of new interface devices and technologies (hardware and software), evaluating these technologies within the application context, and studying the broader impact on human behaviour and society.
The master’s consists of 30 points of course work and a thesis to be completed full-time over one year. Graduates will have knowledge of key interface design principles, the ability to describe and evaluate interface hardware and software, and research and development skills.

Qualification structure and duration

The programme of study consists of a thesis and two courses:

HITD690 Thesis in Human Interface Technology
HITD602 Design and Evaluation
HITD603 Prototyping and Projects

The master’s consists of a course and a thesis to be completed full-time over one year.

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Earn an Early Childhood Education qualification online from anywhere in the world through NZTC Global.  Or study through blended learning in New Zealand as an international student through . Read more

Earn an Early Childhood Education qualification online from anywhere in the world through NZTC Global.  Or study through blended learning in New Zealand as an international student through New Zealand Tertiary College.

Designed to advance quality teaching, learning, research and scholarship skills in the early childhood sector, this research-based Master’s is ideal for graduates who have a degree and want to take their educational and professional skills to a higher level.

Flexible modes of learning

Online

Online is a flexible mode of learning that enables you to obtain an NZQA approved, high quality qualification without face-to-face attendance requirements. All study is conducted through NZTC’s unique online learning environment – NZTC Online.

All learning materials and academic resources are accessed online to allow you to balance your studies with work and family commitments.

Courses are completed and assessed online, and you are part of an online learning community where you can interact with other students and lecturers through online discussion forums to assist your learning.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning blends the flexibility of online learning with face-to-face learning and practical experience, including tutorials, block courses, supervised field practice and work experience.

Other Program Requirements

Students must have access to reliable internet and a computer.

To complete the course all students will be required to engage in online discussions.

International students studying in New Zealand must attend weekly tutorials at our Auckland or Christchurch campus.

Start Dates

February, April, July and October



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Take your social policy study to the next level. Prepare for a meaningful career with Massey’s MA in social policy. What Is It Like?. Read more

Take your social policy study to the next level

Prepare for a meaningful career with Massey’s MA in social policy.

What Is It Like?

If you are fascinated by how and why power, resources and opportunities are distributed within society, then Massey’s MA Social Policy (MA(SocPol)) is for you.

You will gain an understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural factors that influence the development, implementation and evaluation of social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

You will study law, politics, and the roles of central and local government in a democratic society. This will lead to insights into the relationship between the state, political parties, the judiciary, the legal system, and the public in shaping legislation and developing policy.

Careers

Your MA (SocPol) will give you the knowledge and competencies you need in your career as a policy analyst and researcher. You will learn a range of intellectual and practical skills that will stand you in good stead in the job market.

This qualification opens up a world of opportunity to be involved in influencing a broad number of social issue outcomes (e.g healthy housing, youth development, Maori wellbeing, health promotion, gender analysis of policy), not only from a Government-down position, but also from an individual-, community- and society-up perspective.

You will learn to apply your critical social policy analysis skills to a number of decision-making scenarios to result in better social outcomes. This decision-making can take many forms including a policy, a project plan, submission, or even the strategic direction of an organisation.

You could work in areas such as:

  • Research
  • Communications
  • Project management
  • Governance
  • Charitable trusts
  • Social marketing
  • Journalism (critical analysis of social issues)
  • Advocacy
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Policy analysis - public, private and third sector (NGOs, PPPs, not-for-profit, voluntary and charity organisations)
  • Youth development
  • Community development
  • Politics
  • Government agencies - local, regional and central
  • NGOs - trusts etc (housing, Maori land trusts, health service providers, disability advocacy and support, youth development).


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