Information for Master’s degrees by thesis

Master’s-by-research degrees are year-long programmes which generally involve the writing of a 90-point or higher thesis.

During your study

See timelines for full-time and part-time study and learn how to submit mandatory progress reports.

Candidature changes

Switch between full-time and part-time study or apply for a suspension or extension of your degree.


Find out how to submit your thesis or research portfolio for examination and what happens next.

The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) is responsible for the governance and administration of all Master’s programmes where the value of the thesis is 90 points or more.

Coursework Masters programmes are managed by their respective Faculty offices.

Converting to a PhD

In some cases, it may be possible to for Master's by thesis students to upgrade to a PhD.

Support and resourcing

See what resources are available for postgraduate students at Te Herenga Waka.