Postgraduate Study

We offer a flexible and personalised approach for postgraduate study, so that it works for you. We have seven suites of postgraduate programmes, all either studio-based or industry connected.

Our postgraduate programmes focus on real-life issues, which we believe enables us to add real value to the communities, iwi, industries that we are part of and support. We offer a real hands-on and practical study experience for our postgraduate learners, to build on existing knowledge and experience.

If you’re looking for a flexible way to learn, look no further than our postgraduate programmes. We can adapt our way of teaching to all sorts of unique circumstances, through the many delivery modes that we offer. Select what suits you best, from face-to-face studio teaching, online or distance learning, in-work and placements - or a blend of them all.

We will do our best for every single student in our postgraduate programmes.

Explore our postgraduate qualifications

Business

A perfect start for you if you want to improve your ability, skills and confidence in management. You will gain knowledge to manage complex organisations and conduct research for small-scale professional projects. It also allows you to match your learning with the employment opportunities you want. This programme could also be your start to our advanced postgraduate qualifications.

Duration

6 Months

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Assistant Manager, Manager, Operations Manager, Self-employed

Health

If you are a health professional or an occupational therapist, this qualification can help you enhance your knowledge in your current practice. You will work with the Postgraduate Coordinator to tailor an individual study pathway to suit your learning needs. Your study and assignments will focus on your specialty area of practice, reflected in your qualification title.  

Duration

6 Months

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Specialist roles

Sport

Deepen your knowledge and understanding of Applied Science. Choose to specialise in performance analysis, physical conditioning or exercise and health, and apply your learnings through industry experience during your study. A course in professional development will then prepare you to work within the industry and assist you to understand your learning needs.

Duration

6 Months

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Specialist roles

Design

Perfect if you're returning to study after a long break or if you desire personalised guidance and support. This qualification introduces you to postgraduate study in a guided learning environment. You will have to option to focus on one discipline or take up a cross-disciplinary approach.

Duration

1 Semester

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Curator, Design Consultant, Design Lead, Design Manager, Design Researcher, Entrepreneur, Practising artist

Health

A suitable option if you're a registered midwife and want to extend your expertise. The online learning option allows you to study from home and participate in online discussions. This programme also takes you one step closer to more advanced midwifery qualifications.

Duration

6 Months

Delivery

Online with workshops

Career potential

Senior Midwife, Specialist roles

Health

Suitable if you are, or have been, a registered occupational therapist. You will complete two courses of your choice for this qualification. You will be able to apply for opportunities that require clinical expertise or pursue a career in academia or policy development. This qualification also pathways into our advanced programmes.  

Duration

6 Months

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Educator, Policy Development Consultant, Research , Specialist roles

Art

If you want a taster of postgraduate study in arts, this programme is for you. You will develop studio work and write an essay on an aspect of related research methodology.

Duration

6 Months

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practising artist

Business, Postgraduate

Useful for you if you have work experience in a management or information systems role or a relevant undergraduate degree. This programme is for international students only and will deepen your understanding of current information systems management capabilities. There is the opportunity to work with industry during a professional project and the programme also includes employability workshops, industry events and guest speakers. 

Duration

1

Delivery

Online, On campus

Location

Distance, Auckland

Career potential

Business Analyst, Business Intelligence Analyst , Front End Designer , Information Systems Analyst , Information Systems Researcher , Information Systems Security Analyst , Project Manager, Technical/Solution Architect

Business, Postgraduate

This programme will improve your management ability through an array of course options. The flexibility within this qualification will also enable you to match your coursework to specific employment opportunities.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Assistant Manager, Manager, Operations Manager, Self-employed

Sport

An advanced programme to extend your knowledge in a specialty of your choice - performance analysis, physical conditioning or exercise and health. This programme has a wider and more encompassing scope than the Postgraduate Certificate. You’ll study a course in professional development which will prepare you to work within the industry and study a specialist topic to deepen your learning in a specific issue. Graduates will be eligible for relevant industry accreditations as well.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Specialist roles

Design

This qualification is suitable for you if you have a strong professional design background. Extend and deepen your research skills and work on applied research projects which are self-generated or developed with industry/community partners. 

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Artist, Collection Curator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practising artist

Health, Health & Wellbeing

This advanced qualification can help you extend your knowledge in midwifery. It will enable critical thinking and research in your practice while you analyse your experiences as a midwife. You can also build upon this qualification with a Master of Midwifery.  

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Senior Midwife, Specialist roles

Health

Perfect if you are a registered occupational therapist and want to enhance your skills and career potential in your practice. This programme will prepare you for expert clinical and managerial positions. You can also pursue a career in academia or policy development or pathway to the Master of Occupational Therapy.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Educator, Manager, Policy Development Consultant, Researcher, Specialist roles

Art

The perfect opportunity to undertake practical and theory-based guided art research. Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills through an original exhibition and associated writing. The Master of Visual Arts is a logical extension to this programme if you decide to continue your study journey.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practising artist

Health, Health & Wellbeing

These individual courses are available for both occupational therapists and non-occupational therapists and can be studied individually for professional development reasons. You will be awarded a Certificate in Proficiency upon successful completion or may choose to complete further courses towards a full postgraduate qualification.

Duration

1 Semester

Delivery

Online

Business

If you want to gain a thorough understanding of management, this is the programme for you. You will have the flexibility to choose between research or an applied approach to fit your learning needs. Whatever your career plans, you will gain the specialised management and leadership knowledge to be an effective leader.

Duration

18 Months

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Business owner, Entrepreneur, Operations Manager, Self-employed, Team Leader

Sport

This programme is for you if you want to demonstrate mastery in the field. This qualification prepares you for a doctoral level study, an academic career or leadership roles in sport or exercise. You will have the choice to complete your degree by research or practice.

Duration

18 Months

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Doctoral Research , Team Leader/Manager

Design

This is an advanced programme with an emphasis on design research. You can choose to conclude the degree by either completing a Thesis or developing an Integrated Body of Creative Work.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Lead, Design Manager, Design Researcher, Doctoral study, Practising artist

Design

Learn how to enhance user experiences through design. You will develop skills to use design as a strategic tool by undertaking applied research tailored to suit your needs. You will explore ways to create new products and systems that contribute to satisfying human interactions. Multi-disciplinary design interaction, criticism and debate will be encouraged throughout the programme.

Duration

18 Months

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Curator, Design Consultant, Design Lead, Design Researcher, Entrepreneur, Practising artist

Art

This degree is suitable for you if you want to become a professional arts practitioner. You will carry out original research culminating with a public exhibition and dissertation.

Duration

2 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practising artist

Health

This qualification focuses on research and practice to gain a more profound knowledge of your field. Pursue an academic career in occupational therapy education or apply for enrolment into PhD programmes to take you to the top of your area. You can choose to complete your qualification through coursework with a smaller project or a research thesis.

Duration

18 Months

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Career potential

Doctoral Research , Policy Development Consultant, Specialist roles

Art

Deep dive into practical- and theory-based research through this advanced qualification. In semester one, you will develop studio work, an oral seminar paper and an essay for critical feedback. You will build on this work in semester two by producing an original exhibition and an extended 7,500-word essay.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

Distance, On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Design Researcher, Lead Designer , Practising artist

Postgraduate, Workplace & Social-space

Perfect for you if you want to research a significant area or issue at your own workplace and recognise your work with an advanced qualification.

Duration

18 Months

Delivery

Work-based

Location

Distance

Career potential

Doctoral Research , Specialist roles

Choose this intensive programme if you want to pursue independent research and scholarship. This internationally-recognised programme has a strong focus on research and theory. You can also build on your Postgraduate Diploma with another year to achieve the degree. 

Duration

2 Years

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Doctoral Research , Educator, Lead Maternity Carer (LMC), Private Practitioner, Senior Midwife

Helpful information

We understand that postgraduate study, as with any programme of study, is a big commitment and therefore a big decision. We have collated some information to help answer questions you may have however we’d love the chance to connect and talk about your unique situation.

How to pay for your postgraduate studies

Costs

Fees are set annually and vary from programme to programme. The government’s Fees Free scheme, introduced in 2018 for New Zealand citizens and residents, is not available for postgraduate study (except in the rare situation of students whose Capable NZ postgraduate degree may be their first year of tertiary education).

International students, whether studying in New Zealand on a student visa or studying at a distance from overseas, have to pay higher fees because there is no government funding to contribute to our costs of providing the programme to you.

In addition to the fees for your programme, there will be other costs associated with your study – for example textbooks, printing and photocopying, and materials – which also vary from programme to programme. You are responsible for your own living costs during your study.

Funding options

Employer support: For many postgraduate students their course of study will be directly related to their line of work. Your employer may be willing to contribute to the costs of your study as part of your professional development.

Study Link: Of our postgraduate study options only the Honours year in our Bachelor programmes is eligible for financial support through the government’s Study Link scheme, however New Zealand students may be eligible for a student loan. Read more about loans and allowances here.

Scholarships: You may also wish to apply for a scholarship to help fund your postgraduate study. We have scholarships available for postgraduate study in Art, for women, for Māori students, and for students who play specific sports. International students, or students with a family heritage from another country, should contact their country’s embassy to enquire about scholarships.

Payment by instalments: You may be able to pay your fees by instalments, one course at a time.


Flexible learning options

Distance learning

If you do not live near the campus offering the postgraduate programme you would like to study, distance learning may be an option that would help you avoid the costs of relocation. Postgraduate study requires a higher level of self-directed learning, especially if you are doing a research thesis in one of our Masters programmes, much of which you can undertake at home.

Part-time study

We understand that especially at postgraduate level our students are juggling multiple commitments, such as paid employment or self-employment, family responsibilities, sports team membership, and community service. Part time study is an option for most of our postgraduate programmes, which would enable you to keep working.


What to expect

Before enrolment

Once you have an idea of which programme you are interested in, please make contact with the relevant school. A discussion with the school’s Postgraduate Coordinator will help you identify:

  • the best programme for you;
  • options including distance learning and part-time study;
  • who might be the best supervisor/s for your research; and
  • what to include in your application.

In some study areas applicants may be invited to an interview discussion. We recognise that the relationship between you and your supervisor/s is critical to your success so this discussion interview is aimed at finding the best supervisor/s for your project and aims.

How your supervisor will support you

You will meet with your supervisor/s on a regular basis. They will guide you through planning and advancing your research, and provide you with support as you work through issues that arise in your research.

Where relevant your supervisor/s will also help you prepare to defend your work in person to examiners. You will also have opportunities to orally present your own research to a relevant audience, and to write one or more articles for publication from your project.

Explore student postgraduate research

Explore student postgraduate research

See what impact our past-and-present postgraduate students have made.

Let's talk options

If postgraduate study is something you’re considering but you have questions, please reach out and we can talk about your circumstances, experience and opportunities.