The Master of International Studies (MIntSt) degree requires at least twelve months of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study, and entails an intensive programme of postgraduate coursework and research in the multi-disciplinary field of International Studies. The aim is to develop in candidates the analytical skills and knowledge essential to understanding the contemporary world.
Degree candidates are required to master a core curriculum of four taught papers - INTS 502International Politics, INTS 503 The Global Economy, INTS 504 International Legal Issues, and INTS 509 Global Peace and Conflict - and write a supervised research essay of between 18,000 and 20,000 words.
This degree may prepare candidates for leadership roles in professions that require international expertise: diplomacy, the public service, teaching, journalism or business. It can also serve as a foundation qualification for graduates interested in advancing to the PhD.
You may enrol in the MIntSt degree at the beginning of semester one (February) or semester two (July) each year.
The MPols is a one-year (full-time) degree, which encompasses both coursework and research. The coursework component is spread across two semesters. It consists of four papers including the core paper, 'The Political': Theory and Practice, which introduces students to the contested notion of politics and key methodological issues in theory and practice. Students also undertake a research dissertation of 20,000 words under the supervision of a politics staff member over a 12 month period and are expected to attend workshops designed to assist with the process of writing a dissertation. The degree is also available to part-time students.
Students may enrol in the MPols either for first semester (February) or second semester (July).
Graduates will be prepared for careers in the private and public sectors as researchers, policy makers, advisors and analysts. The degree also provides a pathway to doctoral-level study in Politics.
The programme of study shall consist of; four 30-point 500-level papers, which must include POLS 501 and three further POLS 500-level papers; a 60-point research dissertation (POLS 590).
The research dissertation shall be completed over the course of one calendar year. It should be started at the beginning of the programme and submitted no later than twelve months following first enrolment. The limit is 20,000 words of text, exclusive of appendices, footnotes, tabular material, bibliography or equivalent.
Before commencing the investigation to be described in the research dissertation, a candidate shall obtain the approval of the Programme Co-ordinator and the supervisor(s) of the proposed topic.
A candidate may not present a dissertation which has previously been accepted for another degree.
The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies is an inter-disciplinary programme providing students with an advanced qualification in peace and conflict studies, development and peacebuilding. Drawing upon national and international expertise in the field, this programme will position graduates for a wide range of career options in the public and private sectors as academic researchers and as practitioners and policy makers in fields such as conflict analysis and resolution, peace-building, and post-conflict transformation.
This programme (which replaces the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) in Peace and Conflict Studies) combines theory and practice with a solid research component and is regionally focused on Asia and the Pacific.
PEAC 501 Theories of Peace and Conflict
PEAC 502 Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution Theory
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Develop a deep practical and theoretical understanding of the ways power is exercised. Explore how conflict is managed and security maintained across the globe.
You'll get insights into the pressing geopolitical issues of our age, such as the relationship between the US and China, cybersecurity, the South China Sea, and strategic responses to the problems of terrorism and civil conflict.
Enhance your policy, analytical and research skills and accelerate your career with a globally connected Strategic Studies programme.
Studying with the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, you’ll join a fully integrated Political Science and International Relations programme, giving you access to a broad range of relevant courses and expertise.
The MSS is in two parts—a taught and a research component.
The taught component starts with a core course and a range of approved courses.
As well as Strategic Studies courses, you can choose from selected International Relations and Political Science courses.
For the research component you can choose between a 60-point dissertation and a combination of a 30-point research essay or project and approved taught courses.
You may get permission from the head of school to do a 90-point thesis in place of the part two research component and some part one courses.
You can choose to study only the taught courses and get a PGDipSS. If you later complete the research courses you’ll receive your MSS in place of the PGDipSS.
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.
You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.
The MSS will usually take 12 months for full-time students and 24 months for part-time students.
The PGDipSS generally takes two trimesters full time or four trimesters part time.
Take advantage of the programme’s location in the nation’s capital and close relationship with the policy, diplomatic and security communities. You’ll develop connections and get practical expertise through seminars, roundtables and guest lectures.
Work with internationally recognised staff who are prominent researchers, teachers and commentators on strategic and security issues.
You’ll study alongside the Centre for Strategic Studies, ranked number two in the region by the University of Pennsylvania 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, and 39th worldwide among university think tanks.
You can complete either qualification in a year, giving you a fast-track to specialist expertise in Strategic Studies.
You can also study part time while you work, with courses commonly available in the late afternoon or early evening.
Join a school with a focus on fostering its postgraduate community. Enjoy the benefits of strong relationships with staff, a thriving research culture and practical support through postgraduate seminars and events. You’ll get to hear leading speakers from overseas including the annual lecture by the Kippenberger Visiting Professor in Strategic Studies.
Gain the expertise needed to work in the wider security community, including government, research organisations and think tanks, civil society and the private sector.
You might work in policy, research, assessment or analysis jobs in organisations with a foreign affairs, defence or intelligence role.
The programme has a successful track record of getting internships in New Zealand and overseas—a good way to set up your career here or further afield.
The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.