Doctor of Māori Development and Advancement /​ Doctor of Indigenous Development and Advancement

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

Subject area

Society and Culture not elsewhere classified


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Entry requirements

Before enrolling for theDoctor of Maori Development and Advancement / Doctor of Indigenous Development and Advancement, candidates shall: Have at least three years of demonstrated experience in an area or field that contributes to the growth, development and well-being of indigenous peoples, and have either Qualified for admission to a Bachelor of Honours or Masters Degree with first or Second Class Honours, Division 1, or Have been granted admission ad eundem statum (admission with equivalent status) as entitled to proceed to the degree of Doctor Indigenous or Maori Studies or Have completed a full years work at the equivalent of Honours level towards a Masters degree, or Have completed the requirements for the award of a qualification that the Doctoral Research Committee considers to be equivalent to a Masters degree with Honours or a Bachelor degree with Honours, or Have completed a taught Masters and can demonstrate at least three years of experience in an area or field that contributes to the growth, development and well-being of indigenous peoples or; Satisfied the Doctoral Research Committee that they have sufficient background to pursue doctoral level research. Certificate or Diploma Students seeking entry into the Doctor of Philosophy Degree, may as a part of their entry, be required to complete at least two of the taught papers (including the research proposal paper). These students will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate and will be transferred to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) pathway. Students who fail to meet the B- grade point average in completed papers will graduate from the Professional Doctorate programme with either a Postgraduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies (PICert) or Postgraduate Certificate in Maori Studies (PMCert) (if two papers completed) or Postgraduate Diploma in Indigenous Studies (PIDip) or Post Gradate Diploma in Maori Studies (PMDip) (if four papers completed). These students will not be entitled for entry into the DIS, DMS, or PhD programmes. Students who have completed the PIDip or PMDip can request to transfer into the Master of Professional Studies to complete their thesis and be awarded that qualification. The Diploma must be relinquished as a part of that process. Master of Professional Studies (Maori/Indigenous). If on completion of the thesis and oral examination, a candidate has not fulfilled the requirements of the doctoral thesis, in exceptional circumstances the examination panel may recommend to the Doctoral Committee that the student be awarded a Master of Professional Studies. Students may signal in the final year of their thesis that they would like to consider completion for a Masters qualification rather than a professional doctorate. This must be submitted in writing to the Doctoral Committee for consideration and approved, but will only be accepted under extenuating circumstances. Students whose work does not meet a B- average will be advised early in their second year of the options to proceed to other qualifications. Doctor of Maori Development and Advancement
Students seeking entry into the Doctor of Maori Development and Advancement who wish to submit their papers and thesis in te reo Maori must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in written and spoken reo. Students seeking this pathway must submit to the Doctoral Committee a written essay in an area to be discussed with the nominated member of the Doctoral Committee with whom the candidate will work. Students will also have the option to nominate a PhD holder who is recognised for their expertise in te reo, as a means to develop a full literature review.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Level 10 Professional Doctorate aims to: Provide an original contribution to knowledge through research or scholarship, as judged by independent experts, applying international standards; Involves a sustained, rigorous and systematic approach to the relevant body of knowledge, undertaken through experimentation, archival work or other appropriate means; Advances knowledge through the discovery and codification of new information or the development of further understanding about existing information (often characterized by fruitful new topics for investigation and unexpected uses for its findings); Its findings must be open to scrutiny and formal evaluation in the field, and this may be achieved through publication or public presentation. Aspects within the Professional Doctoral programme incorporate (but are not limited to) these guiding points.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Society and Culture at this level can earn:


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Contact details

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