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Master of Literature - Geography

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


Complete a second masters degree in an Arts subject.

Programme overview

The MLitt is an alternative to the PhD if you already have a masters degree and want to complete a substantial research project. You can complete an MLitt in most subjects offered by the Faculty of Arts, subject to approval and availability of supervision. You may be able to further your research interests in the same subject as your first masters degree, or undertake research in a new area.

Programme structure

120-point thesis

One year of full-time study or up to two years of consecutive part-time study


Geography explores how our social and biophysical worlds came to be the way they are, and how they are changing. By improving our understanding of the things that matter for people in their many localities, Geographers focus on what needs to be done to address environmental change, uneven development and social inequality on multiple scales.

Subject overview

Geography is an exciting and relevant subject. You’ll enjoy Geography if you’re interested in the worlds around you and want to make a positive difference. Geography addresses a wide range of contemporary challenges: from climate change and sea-level rise, to dirty rivers, uneven economic development, sustainable communities, migration, housing and health policy, urban pollution, or indigenous environmental management.

Geographers study places, human and physical interactions and the processes that shape those interactions. They explore why nations, regions, and cities are different, how landscapes are formed, how social, economic and natural landscapes are related, and how to make better worlds by responding effectively to human-environment problems.

The University of Auckland Geography programme is the highest-ranking in New Zealand, and 30th in the world. Given the distinctive topography and coastline of the Auckland region as well as its unique cultural history and population diversity, our Geography programme is unique. We emphasise matauranga Maori across our teaching curriculum and research programmes. We also acknowledge Auckland’s Pasifika character and connections to island nations as well as links with South East Asia and beyond. You can study Geography as an undergraduate major or postgraduate specialisation in either the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Arts programmes

Where could this programme take you?

An MLitt could be useful for a range of academic or professional careers, especially if you don’t want to undertake doctoral study.

Further study options

  • Doctor of Philosophy

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Entry criteria

You need to have completed a masters degree in any discipline from a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0 or higher.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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