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Expected Feb 2023
Develop your security and defence research interests
Develop your research interests in the security and defence area of your choice.
The Master of Arts (Defence and Security Studies) will give you advanced knowledge of historical and contemporary defence and security theory and practice.
You’ll develop enhanced and nuanced understanding of national, regional and international defence and security issues in a joint, interagency and multinational context. You’ll then be able to apply your knowledge and innovative thinking in a practical context as a leader in the defence and security sectors.
Complete your MA in three semesters
Massey’s Master of Arts is 180 credits. This means you can complete an MA in three semesters of full-time study.
Your Master of Arts (Defence and Security Studies) will give you a broad knowledge, and the skills and experience to pursue a successful career in defence and security in New Zealand or internationally. Defence and security studies are a great choice for a career in:
Master of Arts (Defence and Security Studies) structure
The Master of Arts (Defence and Security Studies) is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
Not all courses are available in each semester.
Grades achieved in the first 60 credits will determine eligibility for progression to Part Two.
Master of Arts 120 credits
If you enrol in a thesis, you commence with Part One, followed by Part Two in the next enrolment period. Both parts combine to meet the thesis requirements with a single grade assigned to each part.
If the thesis cannot be submitted at the end of the initial Part Two enrolment, you must re-enrol in Part Two (and pay fees) each semester until submission is made.
To enter the Master of Arts (Defence and Security Studies) you will have been awarded or qualified for:
If you have a BA (Hons) or PGDipArts in the intended Master of Arts subject as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.