Congratulations on gaining your BA, and welcome to the Graduate Programme at Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies.
If you do not want to take four papers in one year, or have subject interests in other disciplines, you may take one or two papers in another school, provided your programme is approved by the Head of School.
'Special Topics' are unnamed courses which are organised if there are groups of students wishing to pursue an area of study not covered in the existing graduate courses.
Each paper in society or language will be taught in one two-hour class per week at times to be arranged; modern language papers may require more contact time. Contact the school to find out when.
The basic entry criteria to postgraduate study is that you have a Bachelor's degree with a major in Māori and Indigenous Studies or Te Reo Maori with at least a B+ average in 60 points at 300-level. Other entry criteria apply for those entering with different qualifications. Contact the School for more information.
You have several options of study at postgraduate level. The BA (Hons) can lead into a Master of Arts if you wish. Or you can study for a Master of Māori and Indigenous Studies or a Master of Te Reo Māori.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
The BA (Hons) is a one year full-time degree, but you can also study part-time. You need to pass a total of four courses.
Māori and Indigenous Studies: Three courses from MAOR403-425 and one of MAOR480-482. With approval of the Head of School students may include two courses from other subjects.
Te Reo Māori: TREO401; either TREO402 or TREO403; one course chosen from TREO404-440; and TREO480. With the permission of the Head of School, one course may be chosen from the Honours schedule for Maori and Indigenous Studies or from another subject.
After competing your Honours degree you can continue your study at Masters level.
Master of Arts
A MA consists of two parts. Part one is the completion of an honours year (see above). Part two is a thesis which is the equivalent of 1-2 years full time study: You can enrol full-time (MAOR690 or TREO690) or part-time (MAOR691 or TREO691). Thesis study sees you undertaking a piece of original research under supervison of two staff members, at least one from Aotahi.
Master of Māori and Indigenous Studies: The MMaor is similar to the Master of Arts except that the original research component is smaller and you study one or two more papers at honours level to make up for this. More information is available at this website
Master of Te Reo Māori: The MTreo is similar to the Master of Arts except that the original research component is smaller and you study one or two more papers at honours level to make up for this. More information is available at this website
Doctor of Philosophy
After completing a Masters degree you are eligible to enrol for a PhD. This is three years full time study (or longer part time), undertaking a piece of original research under supervison of two staff members, at least one from Aotahi.
Viability of Courses
Please note that BA honours courses will not normally be offered if there are fewer than three students wishing to enrol.
Graduate students will have study and computer space in the school and will have after-hours access to this. Local phone and e-mail facilities will be available and there will be access to a photocopier.
Graduate students will be encouraged to take part in the life of the school, and especially to attend school seminars whenever possible.
Kia ora! My name is Tamara Witika (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tamaterā) and I am the TŪ MAI PAERUA KI ŌTAUTAHI - MAI Programme coordinator. You can find me in Room 148c (temporarily) at Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, Te Ao Marama complex off Arts Road.
I work with all Māori and Indigenous students who have an interest in pursuing post graduate studies at the University of Canterbury. I am able to help post graduates in the following ways:
- Finding a supervisor for dissertations and thesis work
- Scholarships to progress kaupapa
- Funding to attend conferences and workshops
- Applying for funding from external sources
- Study exchange opportunities
Another important aspect of my role is hosting post graduate events such as induction day (see info below for the most recent event), writing workshops focused on theses, and social mixers for post graduates to meet and network with their peers.
Please feel free to contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Graduate Induction Day: Friday 11 February 2011
The recent inaugural post graduate event was an intimate affair held in Te Awaroa, Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies. Guest speaker, Dr Paul Whitinui, spoke to all the post graduate students about the importance of our roles as Māori and indigenous academics, including the positive impact we can have on our whānau, communities and indigenous groups from around the world. He invited us to challenge ourselves everyday to share our knowledge as Māori scholars, to work hard for social justice in the world, which will then ensure the needs of the next generations will be met.
Post graduate students from a variety of disciplines across the University presented on the challenges they had to surmount as indigenous students. The importance of time management skills, establishing a good work/ life balance, preparing to attend academic conferences and the expectations placed on post graduate students were only some of the themes embraced by our presenters. The importance of manaakitanga, āwhina and kōrero were all emphasised as binding elements in the life of a well-balanced and successful indigenous post graduate student.
All in all the induction day proved to be beneficial to all participants and attendees and augurs well for the up-coming academic year.
Dr Paul Whitinui
Lloyd Carpenter (Ngata Scholar)
Corban Te Aika