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Postgraduate Diploma in Indigenous Studies

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


120 credit hours

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Situate your knowledge of M?ori and Pacific issues in the international indigenous context with a Master of Indigenous Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

Global perspectives in a New Zealand context

The Master of Indigenous Studies positions M?ori and Pacific cultures and histories in the global context of indigenous colonial and post-colonial experiences, cultural rights, and self determination.

Take your undergraduate degree in M?ori Studies, Pacific Studies, or Education to the next level, or get a qualification that underpins your career supporting M?ori and indigenous communities here or overseas.

Ethical, respectful, culturally appropriate

You’ll learn to debate and negotiate indigenous issues in a persuasive, sophisticated, culturally appropriate, and respectful manner. Explore indigenous perspectives on sustainable development, resource management, governance, language, education, economics, or science.

Deepen your understanding of the ethical responsibilities of indigenous research, and conceptualise and articulate your knowledge of indigenous political and cultural relationships.


As New Zealand’s Crown–M?ori relations move into a new phase, more people with a deep understanding of matauranga M?ori are needed right across the New Zealand government.

With a grounding in the political context of Aotearoa and an intimate knowledge of the common issues other indigenous peoples face, you’ll be positioned well for opportunities in government, non-government, and diplomatic organisations—both here and overseas.

Or take your experience into the education system, and support tino rangatiratanga in New Zealand’s schools.

Programme requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Complete 120 points

Entry criteria

A Bachelor’s degree with at least a B average or equivalent in a relevant subject

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

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