Postgraduate History

Complete postgraduate study with scholars who specialise in a range of historical fields, with expertise in cultural, economic, social, and political history.

Join a community of scholars

We offer a vibrant postgraduate community of scholars who work together through teaching, research, and supervision.

In our weekly postgraduate student seminars and workshops, PhD and MA students present current research work. Workshops discuss topics relevant to the craft of being an historian.

Since 2006 our postgraduate students have organised an annual two-day New Historians’ Conference, the first such conference in New Zealand that showcases postgraduate research. There are regular staff seminars presented by those in the History programme as well as by visiting historians. Conference details are provided in the School’s Events page.

We provide all enrolled PhD and MA students with office space and occasional tutoring, marking, or research assistance work. The Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provides some funding to help with research costs.

Master of Arts by thesis in History

Build on your Honours degree with advanced study and research at Master's level and become a leader in your field.

Master of Migration Studies

Take an in-depth look at the causes and effects of migration with postgraduate study, and boost your career opportunities.

PhD by thesis in History

Build on your Honours or Master’s degree with advanced original research at doctoral level, and become a leader in your area of History.

History diplomas

A graduate or postgraduate diploma in History can help you discover a new area of interest or prepare you for further degree study.

Suggested topics for postgraduate theses in History

History staff members offer a range of topics that Master of Arts and PhD students may want to pursue.