Arts and humanities
Be part of the vibrant and stimulating culture of arts and humanities research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Research is central to the work of the Faculty—our researchers are internationally recognised and many are leaders in their fields. Committed to advancing knowledge and creativity, we have strengths in traditional academic disciplines as well as in creative arts, creative writing and performance.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences ranks 60th in the world for arts and humanities, and in the most recent round of the Performance-Based Research Fund quality evaluation all the subject areas represented in the Faculty were ranked either first or second across 10 humanities and social sciences subject areas.
We place a high value on our research programmes and our staff and postgraduate students have access to a range of internal research grants, and support to secure external research funding. The Faculty’s record of success in attracting outside funding, including from the prestigious Marsden Fund, demonstrates the standing of our research.
Wellington is known as New Zealand’s creative capital and is the home of national archives, museums and libraries, as well as the national ballet and orchestra—providing valuable opportunities for postgraduate research and personal enrichment.
Research focus areas
Arts and humanities at Victoria University of Wellington include the subject areas Art History, Classics, Creative Writing, English, Film, History, Languages and Cultures, Māori Studies, Media Studies, Music, Pacific Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theatre—each with their own research focus and strengths.
Discover the research focus areas in arts and humanities.
The Faculty offers a research Master’s degree (MA), a specialist Master’s and a PhD.
Research across disciplines
Victoria University of Wellington encourages innovation by thinking beyond traditional subject boundaries. You can take an interdisciplinary approach to your research—combining ideas or methods from other subjects within the Faculty or collaborating with another Victoria University of Wellington school outside the Faculty.
The Faculty is home to, or affiliated with, several specialised research centres that provide opportunities for research students to work with institutions of national and international standing.
Explore postgraduate subjects
Discover Victoria University of Wellington’s wide range of specialist subjects for postgraduates. Find the qualification that’s right for you to advance your knowledge and expertise.