Overview

Take the first step into new worlds

The world is full of challenging and wonderful places. Studying the arts is your passport to discover these.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 5
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū, Wellington
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 60
  • Duration

  • 0.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

If you wish to participate in university study without having to commit to completing a large set of courses, the Certificate in Arts could be right for you. It is also a good choice if you wish to take a few interest courses at university level.

The arts are the study of humanity: our history, beliefs, societies, languages, and cultures. They ask questions about how we think, how we communicate, how we live, and how we interact with our environment. They teach us to analyse the meaning behind what we are, what we do, and how we came to be that way.

You choose what you study

With a Massey CertArts you can study what you enjoy and explore subject areas that spark your interest. You can choose courses from 30 subject areas in humanities and social sciences. You can include courses from different disciplines, including one from outside the humanities and social sciences.

Why study arts at Massey?

Massey offers passionate and friendly lecturers, a world-class distance learning programme and access to multi-media learning materials.

Massey will prepare you to be a free and original thinker who will lead New Zealand into the future and help solve some of our big problems.

Careers and further study

Careers

Employers, industries and the labour market of the future need people who can thrive in an ever-changing labour market. They are looking for those who are able to effectively challenge and critique new encounters. Our arts programmes will develop your interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to ensure you remain agile and able to take on the opportunities the future holds.

The arts can lead to a wide range of career opportunities including:

  • advertising
  • aid and disaster relief workers
  • business managers
  • communications
  • conflict resolution
  • customs/immigration officers
  • defence forces
  • disaster relief
  • education
  • family therapists
  • foreign affairs
  • human resources
  • international business
  • media production
  • mental health practitioners
  • novelists
  • peacekeeping
  • policy development and analysis
  • politics
  • project management
  • public relations
  • research managers
  • risk management
  • school principals
  • sign language interpreters
  • special education needs
  • specialist teachers
  • speech writers
  • teaching English overseas
  • translation
  • travel and hospitality.

Further study

The certificate can be used as a stepping stone to the Diploma in Arts, and from there to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

60 credits

From the Schedule to the Diploma including:

Schedule courses

Elective courses

 
 

Attend contact courses, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this programme

114241 Principles of Human Resources Management 15
114330 Equity and Diversity in the Workplace 15
114396 Strategic Human Resource Management 15
115113 Economics for Business 15
121103 New Zealand Environments 15
121201 Environmental Science 15
121210 Environmental Issues 15
121211 New Zealand Environmental Issues 15
121213 Land and Water Science 15
121310 Environmental Solutions 15
121311 Global Environmental Issues 15
121313 Applied River Management 15
130202 Introduction to Emergency Management 15
130203 Disaster Risk Management 15
130301 Incident Command Systems 15
131121 Rich World, Poor World 15
131221 Global Development Issues 15
131321 Strategies for Sustainable Development 15
132101 Introduction to Professional Planning 15
132111 Oranga Taiao, Oranga Tangata: Planning and the Environment 15
132112 Planning for Sustainable Development 15
132217 Planning Hazard-Resilient Communities 15
132218 Building Collaborative Communities 15
132221 Planning Studies 15
132304 Tūhono Taiao: Foundation of Māori Planning 15
132305 Natural Resource Policy and Planning 15
132314 Transport and Urban Planning 15
134101 Knowledge and Reality 15
134102 Great Western Philosophy 15
134104 Practical Ethics 15
134105 Philosophy of Religion: God, Freedom and Evil 15
134106 Justice and Equality 15
134201 Philosophy of Mind 15
134203 Ethics 15
134204 Aesthetics 15
134205 Logic 15
134207 International Justice 15
134216 Modern Philosophy 15
134218 Environmental Philosophy 15
134220 Business and Professional Ethics 15
134221 East Asian Philosophy 15
134302 Metaphysics 15
134303 Ethics 15
134305 Meta-ethics 15
134308 Philosophy of Science 15
134309 Ancient Philosophy 15
134310 Philosophy of Literature 15
134312 Epistemology: Seeing and Knowing 15
134317 Recent and Contemporary Philosophy 15
134321 Indian Philosophy 15
139104 Drama in Performance 15
139109 Prize-Winning Fiction 15
139111 Podcasting: Producing Audio Stories 15
139123 Creative Writing I 15
139133 Creative Communication 15
139139 Introduction to English Literature 15
139142 Imaginary Worlds: Science Fiction and Fantasy 15
139202 Romantic Writing: Self and Nature 15
139209 Speaking: Theory and Practice 15
139211 Shakespeare 15
139220 Theatre for Change 15
139223 Creative Processes 15
139224 Making Plays for Theatre 15
139225 Writing for Children 15
139229 Writing Poetry 15
139231 Health Writing: Theory and Practice 15
139232 Crime Story: Detection as a Narrative Genre 15
139239 Literary Landmarks: Words that Changed the World 15
139244 Writing for the Public 15
139246 Text Image Design: Digital Technical Writing 15
139253 American Literature 15
139255 Critical Periods in Aotearoa New Zealand Literature 15
139270 Young Adult Fiction 15
139280 Creative Nonfiction: Creative Writing II 15
139285 Fiction Writing 15
139303 Modern Drama 15
139305 Twentieth Century Literature 15
139306 Writing Shakespeare’s England 15
139307 Territory, Modernity, and Victorian Literature 15
139309 Eco-fictions and Non-fictions 15
139320 Theatre in Production 15
139323 Script Writing 15
139325 The Gothic Imagination 15
139326 Travel Writing 15
139329 Advanced Fiction Writing 15
139333 Creativity in the Community 15
139340 The Publishing Project 15
139348 Literacy Studies 15
139352 Postcolonial Literature 15
139362 Oceanic Literatures of Aotearoa: Ngā Tuhinga Kōrero o te Moana nui a Kiwa 15
139376 Sexual/Textual Politics 15
139380 Starting Your Manuscript: Creative Writing III 15
139386 Life Writing 15
145111 Society, Environment and Place 15
145202 Working With Geographic Data 15
145203 Geographies of Inequality 15
145213 Resource Conservation and Sustainability 15
145214 Social Change and Environment 15
145216 Urban Environments 15
145301 Research Practice in Human Geography 15
145303 Field Work: Alpine Physical Geography 15
145304 Applied Field Geomorphology 15
145311 Geographies of Globalisation 15
145318 Geopolitics 15
145320 Quaternary Biogeography and Environmental Change 15
145327 Catchment Dynamics 15
146101 Understanding Cultural Difference 15
146102 Endangered Cultures 15
146206 Visual Ethnography 15
146208 Political Anthropology 15
146209 Food and Eating 15
146210 Anthropology of Ritual, Religion, and Witchcraft 15
146211 Systems of Healing 15
146213 Anthropological Enquiry 15
146302 Regional Ethnography: Asia 15
146303 Practice of Fieldwork 15
146304 Culture, Biology and Racism 15
146311 Medical Systems of China, India and the West 15
146313 Issues in South Pacific Anthropology 15
146316 Visual Anthropology: Southasia and Global Issues 15
146317 Urban Anthropology 15
146318 Environmental Anthropology 15
147101 Rehabilitation Studies 15
147102 Whakapiri: Engagement in Mental Health and Addiction Work 15
147201 Issues in Rehabilitation 15
147202 Mental Health Promotion 15
147302 Alcohol, Other Drugs and Addiction 15
148116 The Medieval World and its Legacy 15
148141 A History of New Zealand's Peoples 15
148142 The American Century 15
148143 The Past as Entertainment: History Through Movies, Mini-series and Games 15
148217 Victoria's World 15
148218 The Vikings 15
148220 The Second World War 15
148221 The Black Death and Other Plagues, 1300-1700 15
148241 Revolution, Rights and the Atlantic World 15
148242 The Age of Chivalry and Crusades 15
148243 The Sixties: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll? 15
148244 The Great War 1914-1918: a Military and Social History 15
148245 Māori and Colonisation 15
148246 Iwi History 15
148248 Reformers, Radicals & Revolutionaries: Protest in New Zealand 15
148308 New Zealand Military History: 1899 to 2001 15
148309 The New Zealand Wars 15
148310 The Tudors and the Reformation 15
148316 New Zealand Between the Wars 15
148317 New Zealand Religious History 15
148333 The Napoleonic Wars 15
148334 Sports History 15
148339 Court Culture in Late Medieval Europe 15
150103 Nau mai e noho: Engaging with Māori 15
150106 Nga Hanga Whakairo: Traditional Māori Visual Art 15
150112 Hauora Tangata: Foundations of Māori Health 15
150114 He Tirohanga Taketake: Māori Perspectives 15
150201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society 15
150202 Mauri ora: Māori Wellbeing and Vitality 15
150204 Mana Māori: Māori and Politics 15
150205 Kura Mai Tawhiti: Māori Knowledge 15
150206 Ngā Momo Whakairo: Contemporary Māori Visual Art 15
150213 Tikanga-ā-Iwi: Tribal Development 15
150216 He Huarahi Rangahau: Māori and Research 15
150301 Te Mana Te Kawanatanga: Māori Policy and the State 15
150302 Whānau ora: Principles of Flourishing Whānau 15
150303 Mana Wahine: Māori Women 15
150304 Te Ao Hurihuri: Contemporary Māori Issues 15
152250 Managing Organisations 15
152304 Managing Services 15
152325 Designing and Developing Organisations 15
152336 Leadership Practice 15
154101 Introduction to Media Studies 15
154115 Stardom and Celebrity in the Media 15
154120 Transmedia Narrative and Storytelling 15
154202 Advertising and Consumer Society 15
154203 Popular Culture and the Media 15
154204 Digital Media Production I 15
154206 International Film History 15
154208 Screen Media 15
154224 Documentary (Non-Fiction) Film 15
154250 Digital Media: Theory and Practice 15
154301 Culture, Power and The Media 15
154302 Gender and Race in the Media 15
154303 Hollywood Cinema 15
154304 Digital Media Production II 15
154308 Screen Fictions 15
154311 Social Media and Digital Cultures 15
154312 Trauma and the Media 15
154313 Global Media Cultures 15
154314 Independent Media in the Information Age 15
154315 Popular Music Studies 15
154316 New Zealand Cinema 15
154317 Television Drama 15
154333 Humour and the Media 15
160101 Calculus 15
160102 Algebra 15
160103 Introductory University Mathematics 15
160111 Mathematics 1A 15
160112 Mathematics 1B 15
160132 Concepts in Mathematics 15
160133 Processes in Mathematics 15
160204 Differential Equations I 15
160211 Linear Algebra 15
160212 Discrete Mathematics 15
160301 Real and Complex Analysis 15
160302 Modern Algebra 15
160314 Combinatorics 15
160318 Differential Equations II 15
160319 Mathematical Modelling 15
160320 Mathematics in Education 15
160380 Project 15
161101 Statistics for Business 15
161101 Statistics for Business 15
161111 Applied Statistics 15
161120 Introductory Statistics 15
161122 Statistics 15
161130 Introductory Biostatistics 15
161220 Data Analysis 15
161221 Applied Linear Models 15
161222 Design and Analysis of Experiments 15
161223 Introduction to Data Mining 15
161250 Data Analysis for Biologists 15
161304 Advanced Statistical Modelling 15
161321 Sampling and Experimental Design 15
161322 Design and Analysis of Surveys and Experiments 15
161323 Multivariate Analysis 15
161324 Data Mining 15
161325 Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement 15
161327 Generalised Linear Models 15
161331 Biostatistics 15
161342 Forecasting and Time Series 15
169101 Introduction to Asian Thought 15
170102 Women of Ideas and Action 15
170201 What is Feminism? 15
172131 Language and Communication 15
172133 Introduction to Language Studies 15
172231 Linguistics for Speech Therapists 15
172232 Language and Society in New Zealand 15
172233 Language Learning Processes 15
172234 Phonetics 15
172235 Linguistic Analysis of the English Language 15
172236 Forensic Linguistics 15
172237 Language, Discourse and Power 15
172239 Language and Culture 15
172330 Sounds and Structures 15
172333 Discourse and Institutions 15
172335 Language and Identity 15
172336 Languages of the Pacific 15
172337 Historical and Comparative Linguistics 15
172338 Language, Diversity and Mediated Communication 15
175101 Psychology as a Social Science 15
175102 Psychology as a Natural Science 15
175201 Social Psychology 15
175203 Introduction to Psychological Research 15
175205 Brain and Behaviour 15
175206 Memory and Cognition 15
175210 Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology 15
175301 Community Psychology 15
175302 Abnormal and Therapeutic Psychology 15
175303 The Practice of Psychological Research 15
175304 The Psychology of Security 15
175306 Assessment of Individual Differences 15
175309 Forensic Psychology 15
175311 Psychology of Women 15
175313 Gender and Violence 15
175316 Evolution, Culture and Mind 15
175317 Health Psychology 15
175318 Experimental Psychology 15
175343 Personnel Psychology and Career Development 15
175345 Organisational Psychology 15
176101 The Sociological Imagination 15
176106 The Stuff of Everyday Life 15
176205 Animals and Human Societies 15
176206 Understanding Social Life 15
176207 Family, Intimacy and Domestic Life 15
176216 Understanding Globalisation 15
176218 Race, Nation and Modernity 15
176222 Cities in the Twenty-first Century 15
176223 Social Inequality and Justice 15
176224 Gender: Bodies that Matter 15
176302 Research Design and Practice 15
176308 Sociology of the Environment 15
176310 Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity: Contemporary Issues 15
176318 Sociology of Death and Dying 15
176322 The World of Work: Contemporary Issues 15
176323 The Transformation of the Pacific: Contemporary Issues 15
176324 Imagining Other Worlds 15
176325 The Politics of Truth 15
176326 The Anthropocene: Toward a Politics of Hope 15
178100 Principles of Economic Policy 15
178110 The New Zealand Economy 15
178200 Macroeconomics 15
178201 Microeconomics 15
178210 Economic Policy 15
178221 Methods of Economic Analysis 15
178240 Managerial Economics 15
178242 Land Economics 15
178250 Contemporary Economic Issues 15
178280 Economic Analysis and Applications 15
178300 Macroeconomic Policy and Applications 15
178301 Microeconomic Theory and Applications 15
178307 Markets, Firms and Consumers 15
178308 Economic Analysis of Money, Banking and Financial Markets 15
178328 Project Evaluation 15
178352 Survey of International Economics 15
178358 International Trade in Agri-food Products 15
178360 Environmental Economics 15
178370 Development Economics 15
179202 Applied Research for Social Policy and Social Work 15
179230 The Wellbeing of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand 15
179320 Community Development 15
179330 Māori Development and the Social Services 15
192101 English for Academic Purposes for Speakers of Other Languages 15
192102 Academic Writing in English for Speakers of Other Languages 15
193304 Animal Welfare Emergency Management 15
200161 Introduction to Politics 15
200201 Middle Eastern Politics 15
200215 Foundations of Political Thought 15
200261 World Politics 15
200302 Israel/Palestine and the Arab World 15
200303 Global Democratic Politics 15
200315 Contemporary Political Thought 15
200361 Contemporary New Zealand Politics 15
201103 Magic and Witchcraft 15
201112 Greek History 15
201113 Greek Mythology 15
201114 The Roman Republic 15
201115 Introductory Latin 15
201117 Greek and Roman Warfare 15
201201 The Pursuit of Happiness in the Classical World 15
201211 Love and Sexuality in Ancient Greece 15
201212 Intermediate Latin 15
201216 The Trojan War 15
201218 Greek and Roman Religion 15
201219 Greek Art and Society 15
201220 Roman Art and Society 15
201231 Leaders and Leadership in the Classical World 15
201313 Greek Tragedy, Then and Now 15
201314 Imperial Rome 15
201317 Ancient Multiculturalism: Egypt, Greece and Rome 15
201318 Greek and Roman Religion 15
201319 Greek Art and Society 15
201320 Roman Art and Society 15
219207 Writing for Public Relations and Digital Media 15
219234 Editing & Publishing 15
219302 Gender and Communication in Organisations 15
219312 Risk and Crisis Communication 15
230102 Pacific Peoples in New Zealand 15
230110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity & Belonging in Aotearoa NZ 15
230111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry 15
230112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking 15
230121 Future State: New Zealand in the 21st Century 15
230210 Tū Rangaranga: Global Encounters 15
230301 Social Science at Work 15
230310 Tū Tira Mai: Practising Engagement 15
233105 Our Dynamic Earth 15
233212 Earth Surface Processes 15
233214 GIS and Spatial Statistics 15
241101 Chinese 1A 15
241102 Chinese 1B 15
241103 Ancient Chinese World pre-republic (1912) 15
241105 Business Chinese 15
241106 Chinese for Heritage Speakers A 15
241107 China under Transformation: Economy, Society and Diplomacy 15
241201 Chinese 2A 15
241202 Chinese 2B 15
241206 Chinese for Heritage Speakers B 15
241207 Chinese Diaspora 15
241208 Contemporary Chinese Society in Literature and Film 15
241301 Chinese 3A 15
241302 Chinese 3B 15
241304 Contrastive Study of Chinese and English 15
241305 Translation from and into Chinese 15
241395 Individual Research Project in Chinese Studies 15
242101 Japanese 1A 15
242102 Japanese 1B 15
242103 Introduction to Japanese Culture 15
242201 Japanese 2A 15
242202 Japanese 2B 15
242203 Japanese Language and Society 15
242205 Japanese Cinema 15
242301 Japanese 3A 15
242302 Japanese 3B 15
242304 Reading and Writing about Current Japan 15
242305 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 15
242307 Japanese-English Translation Techniques 15
242390 Individual Research Project in Japanese Studies 15
243101 Introductory French Language I 15
243102 Introductory French Language II 15
243201 Intermediate French Language I 15
243202 Intermediate French Language II 15
243301 Advanced French Language 15
243304 Contemporary French Popular Culture 15
243305 Close Encounters - New Zealand Seen Through French Eyes 15
245101 Introductory Spanish Language I 15
245102 Introductory Spanish Language II 15
245103 Hispanic Culture and Heritage 15
245201 Intermediate Spanish Language I 15
245202 Intermediate Spanish Language II 15
245203 The Sound of Spanish: Diction, Dialects and Diversity 15
245204 Latin American Voices 15
245301 Advanced Spanish Language 15
245302 Theory and Practice of Spanish Translation 15
245303 Latin American Rhythms and Politics: From Tango to Rock 15
245304 Travellers' Tales: the Invention of Latin America 15
245305 Spanish Conversation on Film 15
249284 Introduction to Equity and Inclusion in Education 15
249286 Equity and Diversity in Education 15
249287 Early Intervention 15
249384 Consultation and Collaboration in Inclusive Education 15
254101 An Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies in Education 15
254201 Philosophy of Education 15
254203 Sociologically Imagining Education 15
254210 Historical Perspectives on Education 15
254304 Critical Theories of Education 15
254336 Learning in the Digital World 15
254337 Teaching and Learning with Pasifika Peoples in NZ 15
254340 Politics of Education 15
256201 Educational Psychology 15
256303 Sustainable Learning 15
256304 Positive Behaviour for Learning 15
258301 Language, Literacy and Cognitive Development 15
263200 Teaching as an Act of Influencing Others 15
263301 Learning and Motivation 15
263315 Teaching and Learning in Everyday Settings 15
263331 Assessment and Learning 15
267390 Educational Research Literacy 15
269274 The Treaty of Waitangi: Implications for Education 15
269332 Māori Issues in Education 15
275102 Human Development 15
275203 Development in Childhood 15
275208 Development in Adolescence 15
275304 Development of Gender 15
275320 Risk and Resilience across the Lifespan 15
276330 Mathematics and Literacy in Society 15
279101 Social Policy: An Introduction 15
279201 Social Policy: Concepts and Theories 15
279203 Law, Government and Social Policy 15
279301 Government Policy, Planning and Administration 15
279302 Policy Research and Evaluation 15
292101 Introductory Portuguese Language I 15
292102 Introductory Portuguese Language 2 15
292201 Intermediate Portuguese Language I 15
292202 Intermediate Portuguese Language 2 15
292301 Advanced Portuguese Language 15
292305 Brazilian Culture and Heritage 15
294100 Fundamentals of Command 15
294115 War and Society 15
294140 Military Power 15
294151 History of Warfare 15
294170 Introduction to Border Security 15
294180 Introduction to Security Studies 15
294201 States, Borders and Resource Security 15
294202 Human Security 15
294215 Global Defence Challenges 15
294245 Irregular Warfare 15
294255 Conventional Warfare 15
294272 Intelligence in the Security Environment 15
294280 Security and Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific 15
294301 Legacies of War 15
294302 Civil-Military Relations 15
294303 Small, Civil and Dirty Wars 15
294304 Cyber and Information Security 15
294305 Transnational Crime 15
294306 Security Governance and Management 15
294325 Peacekeeping 15
294350 The History of Defence and Security Intelligence 15
294381 Terrorism and Political Violence 15
294382 Advanced Biosecurity 15
294382 Advanced Biosecurity 15
300110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Te Reo 15
300111 Te Reo Kōnakinaki: Developing Te Reo 15
300209 Te Reo Torangapu: Political Te Reo 15
300210 Te Reo Kōrerorero: Discussing in Te Reo 15
300211 Te Reo Whakanakonako: Embellishing Te Reo 15
300310 Te Reo Auaha: Creative Writing in Te Reo 15
300311 Te Reo Papa: Strengthening Te Reo 15
300312 Te Reo o te Marae: Karanga and Whaikorerorero 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

This programme can be completed in one semester of full-time study, or over a longer period of part-time study.

How do I move to a Diploma in Arts?

When you have passed your four courses for the Certificate in Arts. you continue on with your study. For your next enrolment, you will enrol under the Diploma in Arts. The four courses you completed for the certificate now go towards your diploma.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • are curious about humanity and have wide-ranging interests
  • want the flexibility to follow your passions
  • would like to take a few courses for interest.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.

Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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