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Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Maori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Maori

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Master's Degree

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A Master of Philosophy is one-year programme of original research under supervision, resulting in a thesis. This programme requires the completion of a thesis.

Maori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Maori

Tikanga Maori (Maori Cultural Studies) teaches you the skills required for a community leadership role in the enhancement of Maori development. In today's rapidly evolving world you will establish a basic, yet necessary understanding of the Maori worldview and its relation to other cultures and worlds.

Our range of exciting cultural papers is suitable for people of all ethnicities, and brings about a new dimension to the evolving world of Maori performing and visual arts. The programme hosts an eclectic selection of new and traditional elements including kapa haka, nga taonga puoro and creative technologies, and promises a field of study delivered by quality academics who are fluent in Maori, and some in Pacific and European languages.

Tikanga Maori provides the option of introductory courses through to more advanced courses.

Entry criteria

A bachelors with honours or masters degree with at least Second Class Honours (First Division) or Distinction is required.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any band); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 with no less than 50 for each communicative skill.; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme. Note: Application closing dates will be 31st January and 31st May.

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