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Master of Taxation Studies

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024

Campus

University of Auckland

Summary

Master the taxation system with this masters programme designed for both law and commerce graduates who intend to pursue a career in tax advocacy or tax consulting. With the largest range of postgraduate courses in the country, at New Zealand's top-ranked law school, we'll give you the tools to advance your career.

Programme overview

Our MTaxS is designed for professionals who wish to extend their understanding of the theoretical issues and legal structures that underpin the taxation system. The programme offers the opportunity for graduates to develop, and for practitioners to update and hone, their knowledge of tax law.

With technical issues explained by academics and practitioners in the field, the courses predominantly cover legislation and case law applicable to taxation – but also draw from disciplines such as economics and accounting.

Our programme provides flexible legal study for both full-time and part-time students. You can study while you work to keep up your professional momentum or go full-time to get to the next level even faster. Entry to the MTaxS is open throughout the year, offering the flexibility you need to accelerate your career.

The MTaxS can be undertaken through coursework or a combination of coursework and research.

Taught (coursework) masters

This programme allows you to study specific areas of law. The programme offers courses that provide detailed analyses of particular areas of law, as well as courses that are more policy-oriented. Each course contains a significant research component, usually in the form of a 12,500-word research essay for 30-point courses. For more detailed information on courses available, see our Postgraduate taught courses page.

Combination Taught and Research masters

This programme allows you to study specific areas of law via coursework as well as conducting in-depth study in an area of personal interest to enhance employment opportunities. For more detailed information on research see our Postgraduate research options page.

The MTaxS programme offers two study pathways dependant on the length of your undergraduate degree. It can be undertaken by coursework or a combination of coursework and research.

Where could this programme take you?

Inclusion of a major in Taxation as a specialist subject in your degree offers a range of professional possibilities. Tax as a career is less subject to the normal business cycles, and demand for tax professionals is always strong.

Jobs related to this programme

Academic

Barrister and solicitor

Inland Revenue official

Tax Accountant

Tax practitioner in private practice, commerce or industry

Further study options

Master of Laws

Master of Legal Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

Taught and Research 120 points

You must have completed either:

one year of postgraduate study in business, following an undergraduate degree at a recognised university or

a four-year undergraduate law degree at a recognised university or

you will need to possess an appropriate background in taxation. For example if you hold an undergraduate business degree and have appropriate experience in tax or accounting practice you may be considered for entry.

You will need to have achieved a GPE of 4.0 or higher in your last year of equivalent full-time study.

Taught and Research 180 points

An undergraduate degree in commerce or law at a recognised university

or

You will need to possess an appropriate background in taxation. For example if you hold an undergraduate business degree and have appropriate experience in tax or accounting practice you may be considered for entry.

You will need to have achieved a GPE of 4.0 or higher in your last year of equivalent full-time study.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.0 and No bands less than 6.5

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