Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is an opportunity to pursue your passion and become an expert in your chosen field.

With the support of New Zealand’s top teachers and researchers, world-class facilities and Victoria University of Wellington’s capital city connections, postgraduate study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is an enriching and career-enhancing experience.


The Faculty offers a wide variety of postgraduate qualifications, ranging from certificates and diplomas to Honours, Master's by research, Master's by coursework, and PhDs across the spectrum of Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

For information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice, selection criteria, exemptions, prerequisites and your enrolment application, contact the Faculty’s Student and Academic Services Office.

Scholarships and grants

The University supports a large number of postgraduate scholarships for Honours, Master’s and Doctoral students, including a range of subject-specific postgraduate scholarships for FHSS students, such as the Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) Scholarships, IIML Project Scholarships and the Terence O’Brien Scholarship in International Relations or Strategic Studies.

Master’s by research and PhD students may also be eligible for Joint Research Committee Grants through the Faculty. Information on how to apply is available on the Faculty’s intranet. For access, you will need a Victoria University of Wellington staff email address—if you don't have one already, contact your School administrator or the Joint Research Committee Administrator Margot MacGillivray .The Faculty also offers research scholarships each summer through the Summer Scholars Scheme.