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Master of International Studies (MIntSt)

Course Description

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 502 International 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.

Programme Requirements

INTS 502 International Politics
INTS 503 The Global Economy
INTS 504 International Legal Issues
INTS 509 Global Peace and Conflict
INTS 590 Research Dissertation

Structure of the Programme

-The research dissertation 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.

Visit the Master of International Studies (MIntSt) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities). Every applicant should normally: be a graduate with an ordinary bachelor’s degree and with an average grade of at least B+ in the 300-level papers for the degree, or: be a graduate with an honours degree awarded at a standard of at least second class honours (division I), or: have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

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