Masters degree in New Zealand History explore the origins, cultures and peoples of New Zealand, particularly the Māori culture and its affiliated kinship links and land ties.
Related subjects include History of Australasia. Entry requirements to these courses usually include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as History or Archaeology.
Courses in the History of New Zealand provide an advanced insight into the country’s historical development and colonisation, from the arrival of the Polynesians, and later the Europeans.
European colonialism hugely affected the Indigenous peoples, and is therefore a significant topic on these degrees. For example, you might investigate the impact of colonisation on traditions such as the Haka and its many manifestations, including its integration into modern New Zealand culture.
Or, you might explore the country’s political significance after joining the British Empire in 1840. For example, you might research their military presence during the 20th century, and New Zealand’s close ties with Britain as an ally in both World Wars.
Careers in this field may include roles in the tourism industry, positions in the management of heritage such as archiving and scholarly research, or even foreign policy.