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Master of Arts in Cultural Studies

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023

Campus

University of Canterbury

Summary

The Master of Arts (MA) degree consists of taught coursework, which may include internship opportunities, and independent research in a wide variety of Arts subjects. It provides the opportunity to critically examine current practices in the field, while also demonstrating understanding of the principles of research.

Those interested in a research-focused programme of study in their subject may consider the Master of Arts (Thesis). The Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis) is composed of a substantial body of original research in a wide variety of Arts subjects. It provides the opportunity to contribute to new knowledge in the field and build on academic skills.

The Master of Arts degree consists of a total 180 points, made up from a 30-point compulsory course in introductory research methods, at least 60 points in a single subject, a maximum of 30 points from an internship or other relevant subject, and a 60-point dissertation.

The Master of Arts (Thesis) degree consists of a 120-point thesis in a chosen subject. Students can begin their studies on the first day of any month.

Postgraduate study is both challenging and rewarding, and the interdisciplinary nature of the degree makes a postgraduate qualification in Cultural Studies very valuable to students and potential employers alike.

A postgraduate degree in Cultural Studies will provide you with:

  • An in depth and specialised understanding of the practical and theoretical debates within your field
  • An appreciation of the complex nature of culture, and an understanding of how culture is a dynamic site of social and political struggle
  • Intellectual flexibility and competence across a range of disciplines
  • Practical research skills, including the ability to analyse written texts and digital and visual media

There is a great deal of scope for higher study within Cultural Studies, and the flexibility of the degree allows students from a broad range of disciplines to complete dissertations in innovative and diverse areas of study.

You can construct a Cultural Studies degree that is quite generalised or relatively specialised (focusing on film and media; sexuality and gender; places, spaces and technologies; bicultural studies; cultural identity and politics; environmentalism and human-animal studies, for example).

Further study

Doctor of Philosophy

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Entry criteria

Coursework: You will need to have qualified for an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard). You must also satisfy the prerequisites for a major subject. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject is required.

Thesis: You will need to have qualified for a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard) within one of the Arts subjects offered in the MA(Thesis). With approval, you may be able to complete the MA(Thesis) in a different subject from your BA(Hons) qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

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