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New Zealand may be a small country, but four of its eight universities are ranked within the global top 400. Studying a Masters in New Zealand will give you access to this excellent higher education system, whilst living abroad in a stunningly beautiful setting.
Famous as a paradise for surfers, skiers, wildlife spotters and now Tolkien fans, New Zealand is also a major research and training hub. Its universities work closely with vibrant cultural industries, pioneering research institutes and busy international business sector.
Masters degrees in New Zealand are modelled on the UK higher education format. They are offered as postgraduate qualifications, delivered as taught courses and / or supervised independent research.
This familiar structure makes it easy to access New Zealand Masters degrees as an international student and ensures that, whilst the skills you acquire will make the most of New Zealand's unique training opportunities, the qualification you gain will be recognised around the world.
Over 57,000 international students study abroad in New Zealand, making up a large proportion of enrolments at its universities.
Traditionally, New Zealand Masters degrees have been two years long. Such programmes include a year of taught coursework, followed by a year of more independent research work.
However, one-year Masters courses in New Zealand are now becoming more popular. These focus on taught units, but often include a research dissertation. Research-intensive programmes remain longer, with courses usually requiring up to two years of full-time study.
International students pay Masters fees in New Zealand at a slightly higher rate. Fees are typically between NZD $20,000 (USD $14,490) and NZD $30,000 (USD $28,890) per year, but will vary between courses and institutions.
Yes, universities in New Zealand deliver their degree programmes in English. Language support may be available to you if English is not your first language, but you may need to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in order to enrol on a Masters in New Zealand.
Unless you are a citizen of New Zealand (or Australia), you will require a student visa in order to study in New Zealand for longer than three months. Proof of enrolment at a New Zealand university will be necessary to validate your application.
Looking for more information about studying a Masters in New Zealand? Our detailed study guides can help. You can read more about New Zealand Masters degrees (including additional advice on universities, course structure, applications procedures and visa requirements) or learn about life as a postgraduate in New Zealand (including advice on accommodation, living costs and working during your degree).
Finally, you can read our comprehensive guide to Masters fees and funding in New Zealand. This covers fees for domestic and international students, along with information on scholarships and other funding opportunities.
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Massey’s Master of Science (Animal Science) will allow you to make a major contribution to animal science. Whether you want to take a first step in a research career or would like a specialised role in livestock or animal industries, a MSc (Animal Science) will give you the skills you need. Read more
Massey University’s Master of Management (International Business) is suitable for those who have found themselves in a role that requires international business expertise, or if you have have studied a different business subject in your undergraduate qualification and want to specialise in this growing area. Read more
Studying towards your masters is a challenging and satisfying postgraduate experience. Massey University’s Master of Science will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of computer science and advance your career. Read more
With Massey’s Master of Science (Conservation Biology) you will learn to address real conservation management problems. You will work in a small-group setting and engage with staff of conservation agencies who are working, on the ground, to save our endangered native species. Read more
The Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) can be used for many purposes, and in some cases, effectively provides an additional major. It requires you to do at least seven papers, of which at least four are at 300-level or above. Read more
Economics at Massey is ranked in the top 250 in the world in the QS World University Rankings. With a Master of Arts in Economics at Massey you’ll investigate how businesses decide what to produce and how many people to employ, explore how people decide what to consume, and learn about big-picture world economics. Read more
Whether you are looking to move up the hierarchy in your engineering career, are interested in developing analytical skills through applied research, or both, Massey’s Master of Engineering Studies unique aspects will give you a step up. Read more