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Study a Master’s Degree in New Zealand

Step up your career with a globally-competitive master’s
degree from the country that leads the world in preparing
students for the future.

Discover master's programmes

Making study work for you

  • Work while you study – as a taught master's student you will be able to work part-time while you study and full-time during holidays. Research master's students are able to work full-time all year. Find out more about working while you study.
  • As a master's student, you can support your partner's work visa. Your partner can then support a student visa for any dependent children, and they won't have to pay international student fees to attend our primary or secondary schools.
  • You will be eligible to work for up to three years in New Zealand after completing your master's degree. Find out more about New Zealand's post-study work rights.

Post-study work rights

By studying a master's degree you will be eligible for the maximum three-year post-study work visa to stay in New Zealand and work after you graduate.

Types of master's degrees

Research master’s

Get specialist knowledge

Build on your expertise with an extensive research project

Work closely with expert academic staff

Taught master’s

Fast track your professional career

Develop your skills through structured coursework

Close industry links ensure you graduate work-ready

Hear from international master’s students

Student Testimonial Charles Thaxter

Universities in New Zealand have good links with industry, and everything I study is very practical - it's all about how your skills will be used in the workforce.

Charles Thaxter | Master of Building Science, Victoria University of Wellington
Stina Kolodzey testimonial

I wanted to go somewhere that was completely different and completely new. It’s also good to have experience of studying overseas on your CV because employers can see you are very independent.

Stina Kolodzey | Master of Science in Marine Science, University of Otago
Leona Wang testimonial

The lecturers are also always encouraging and positive, and guide you through your projects.

Leona Wang | Master of Art and Design, AUT

The research skills I’ve developed in my master’s degree help me understand everyone’s perspective when working in a team and find the best possible solution.

Ayush Nauria | Software developer at Invenco Group Ltd. (Master of Health Informatics, AUT)
Basil Sabu2

The University of Canterbury has an internationally recognised seismic reputation with distinguished professors who are experts in the field.

Basil Sabu | Master of Engineering in Earthquake Engineering, University of Canterbury
Nishant Negi

The lecturers were amazing and approachable. They were always available to help students. The skills and knowledge gained at Otago enabled me to find employment.

Nishant Negi | Master of Business Data Science, University of Otago
Goutham Rajendran

The university connects to many companies and institutes in providing worthy internships for the students as it makes the student future ready.

Goutham Rajendran | Master in Drug Discovery and Development, Victoria University of Wellington
Carson Euan testimonial

The lecturers turned the classroom into a virtual business environment. We were encouraged to do our own thinking and come up with our own opinions. It’s a very good way to learn.

Carson Duan | Master of Entrepreneurship, University of Otago
Tanima Mahadevan testimonial

There is a compulsory internship at the end of the programme that helps me gain relevant New Zealand experience, which is amazing.

Tanima Mahadevan | Master of Information Technology, The University of Auckland
Harpreet Singh testimonial

By working with people from many different cultures, I’ve been able to learn from their strengths and worked on developing those qualities for myself.

Harpreet Singh | Masters of Business Management, University of Waikato

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