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Professional Doctorates (MDA and IDA)

Doctorate of Māori Development & Advancement (MDA)
Doctorate of Indigenous Development & Advancement (IDA)

The MDA and IDA are designed specifically for students in professional areas - that is, it is a degree that considers the working experiences of its student body and encourages them to consider how their research can contribute to the tribal, community and indigenous organisations within which they are located. This professional aspect also means that students will require support from their profession/community and/or tribal/hapū/iwi bodies. It is anticipated that students who enrol in this degree are at the top of their professional careers.

The minimum period of enrolment for the MDA/IDA degrees is three years, although it is highly likely that students will complete the programme in four. In extenuating circumstances, students may be granted an extra year to complete their thesis.

 

 

Programme Aims

The Professional Doctorate aims to:

  1. Provide an original contribution to knowledge through research or scholarship, as judged by independent experts, applying international standards;
  2. Involves a sustained, rigorous and systematic approach to the relevant body of knowledge, undertaken through experimentation, archival work or other appropriate means;
  3. Advances knowledge through the discovery and codification of new information or the development of further understanding about existing information (often characterised by fruitful new topics for investigation and unexpected uses for its findings);
  4. Its findings must be open to scrutiny and formal evaluation in the field, and this may be achieved through publication or public presentation.

The minimum period of enrolment for the MDA/IDA degrees is three years, although it is highly likely that students will complete the programme in four. In extenuating circumstances, students may be granted an extra year to complete their thesis.

Students undertake two years of coursework (4 papers), which is designed to contribute to the doctoral thesis. The final part of the degree is the thesis, which is examined and defended orally before an examination committee represented by a neutral convener appointed by the Doctoral Research Committee, one examiner from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (not involved in the candidate’s research) and two external examiners, one of whom will normally be (where appropriate) internationally located.

After the first year of study, students can apply to transfer to the PhD (grades permitting) or to graduate with a postgraduate certificate of Indigenous/Māori Development and Advancement.

 

Programme Details

Thesis Intake 1
Start Date: 26/02/2018 | End Date: 25/02/2019

Thesis Intake 2
Start Date: 06/08/2018 | End Date: 29/07/2019

 

Fees

Domestic students $5,538.00
International students $26,400.15 (International GST-exempt)

N.B. The above fee does not include the administration levy. For more information regarding fees, please see our fees page.

** These are indicative fees for 2018 awaiting Council approval.