Master of Arts Overview

Yulia Khan

AUT alumna wins ALANZ Best Thesis competition

The Applied Linguistics Association of NZ has awarded one of our Master of Arts in Applied Language Studies alumni Yulia Khan, the 2016 Best Thesis (Master's) Award. Yulia’s thesis was on adult migrant English language education policy in New Zealand, 2002-2014 and was supervised by Associate Professor Sharon Harvey.

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Master of Arts graduates will be competent researchers with advanced analytical, planning and critical thinking skills.

  • The Master of Arts fulfills a growing need for graduates who are able to apply a multidisciplinary approach and strong research skills to a wide range of policy issues at organisational, local body, national and international levels.
  • The range of options creates a very flexible course of study, with a strong research emphasis. The focus on social research and the analysis of social policy in the broadest sense, from the organisational through to international levels.
  • You will demonstrate a high level of professionalism, independence and leadership in your chosen field and shown the ability to engage in a sustained period of research.
  • You may wish to progress to further study at doctoral level.

Programme code: AK3689
Level: 9
Points: 240
Duration: 2 years full-time / 5 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. These qualifications will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements

  • Must have completed the Bachelor of Arts OR the Graduate Diploma in Arts. 
  • Must have completed the relevant prerequisite papers in the selected subject area for this degree with a B grade average or higher OR 
  • Have relevant professional experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree, and provide evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level 1 
  • Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and/or attend a selection interview.
  • Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and/or attend a selection interview.

Structure and content

The Master of Arts is a course of advanced study and research. You should discuss your intended study sequence with the programme leader before enrolling in papers.

Year 1
You will complete research methods papers, a reading paper and electives that relate to your specific area of interest.

Year 2
The degree concludes either with a full-year thesis, or a combination of a dissertation and a site-specific research project, which is completed while being stationed within an organisation*.

*A dissertation and a site-specific research project are not applicable to all specialisations.

Master of Arts specialisations by school

Language and Culture

Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development

Last updated: 12-Oct-2017 1.18pm

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