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Master of Arts

Course Description

The Master of Arts degree consists of coursework followed by a thesis. It provides the opportunity to make a contribution to knowledge while also demonstrating understanding of the principles of research.
MA students benefit from the College of Art's:
*lively and supportive postgraduate culture
*numerous master's scholarships
*11 relevant research centres.

To find out more about these aspects of advanced arts study at UC, visit the College of Arts website http://www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/ .

[[Qualification structure and duration]]
The Master of Arts degree consists of two parts:
*Part I: Coursework
*Part II: A thesis.

Honours may be awarded if the student completes within the timeframe indicated by the schedule.
Distinction or Merit may be awarded if the student completes an MA by thesis only in the timeframe indicated by the schedule and graduated Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

An MA may be completed full-time in 2-4 years or 3-6 years part-time. The thesis (Part II) may be completed in 1-3 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time. Part-time enrolment is considered with the approval of the Academic Board.

[[Subjects and courses]]
Subject areas for the Master of Arts are many and varied and include:

Art History
Art Theory
Child and Family Psychology
Cultural Studies
European Studies
History and Philosophy of Science
Human Services
Māori and Indigenous Studies
Media and Communication
Pacific Studies
Political Science
Te Reo Māori
Theatre and Film Studies

Entry Requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.Candidates must have qualified for a bachelor's degree and satisfied the prerequisites for the subject concerned. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject concerned are required.

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