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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) in Indigenous Studies

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Otago


Why study Indigenous Studies at Otago?

Whether you want to learn about and promote the interests of indigenous people locally, or around the world, a major in Indigenous Studies will help you achieve this.

Through this programme you will learn the value of indigenous knowledge through the critical reading and research of selected indigenous societies and cultures in both historical and contemporary contexts. You will also examine how such knowledge may help support the varied interests and needs of contemporary indigenous people and communities as they engage with and manage the issues of living in the present world in order to sustain their peoples, cultures and communities into the future.

Indigenous knowledge has its place in every aspect of society. Wherever your interests lie, Indigenous Studies complements many fields of study and work, including:

environmental sustainability

resource management

policy development


historical and cultural studies

language revitalisation

primary healthcare and preventative medicine

economic wellbeing

social and community development

social research

Career opportunities

Our students are equipped with an understanding of indigenous cultural philosophies that are relevant in a myriad of employment situations.

Graduates with a degree in Indigenous Studies have a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base, which can lead to careers in the fields of:


Social Work



Policy and governance

Waitangi Tribunal

Foreign Affairs


Community organisations


Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

Every applicant shall

  • either have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Arts majoring in the subject or subjects of study proposed;
  • or have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the diploma;
  • or have a qualification acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and produce evidence satisfactory to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of ability to proceed to the diploma.
    • English language requirements

      • IELTS (Academic module) (including IELTS Online) - Overall score of 6.5, no individual band below 6.0.
      • TOEFL iBT - Overall score of 90 and a writing score of 21.
      • C1 Advanced (previously Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) & (previously Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169).
      • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
      • Language Cert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill.
      • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
      • English New Zealand's Accredited Pathway Assessment - Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).
      • APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language Examination - Grade 4 or higher.

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