UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
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Expected Jul 2024
University of Canterbury
The Master of Arts (MA) degree consists of taught coursework, which may include internship opportunities, and independent research in a wide variety of Arts subjects. It provides the opportunity to critically examine current practices in the field, while also demonstrating understanding of the principles of research.
Those interested in a research-focused programme of study in their subject may consider the Master of Arts (Thesis). The Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis) is composed of a substantial body of original research in a wide variety of Arts subjects. It provides the opportunity to contribute to new knowledge in the field and build on academic skills.
The Master of Arts degree consists of a total 180 points, made up from a 30-point compulsory course in introductory research methods, at least 60 points in a single subject, a maximum of 30 points from an internship or other relevant subject, and a 60-point dissertation.
The Master of Arts (Thesis) degree consists of a 120-point thesis in a chosen subject. Students can begin their studies on the first day of any month.
Cinema Studies classes encourage students to view films critically and to reflect upon their own role as spectators and consumers of cinematic images. Postgraduate study in Cinema Studies at UC is offered within the English Department. Postgraduate students have the opportunity to tutor in stage one Cinema Studies courses, which allows them to acquire valuable work experience.
Cinema Studies graduates start their careers in film, radio, TV, and online newsrooms, as well as in media roles such as social media managers, online producers, and communications advisors. They also pursue academic careers in secondary and tertiary teaching.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor
Coursework: You will need to have qualified for an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard). You must also satisfy the prerequisites for a major subject. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject is required.
Thesis: You will need to have qualified for a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard) within one of the Arts subjects offered in the MA(Thesis). With approval, you may be able to complete the MA(Thesis) in a different subject from your BA(Hons) qualification.
Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements: