Pacific Studies


Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Creative opportunity for Pacific artists

Professor Steven Ratuva, director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, aims to expand the Centre's connections with key institutes through his research in policy and security in the Pacific region.


At undergraduate level, Pacific Studies courses explore the navigation and settlement of the Pacific Ocean, including first settlement of New Zealand, the history behind their migration, and the development of various, unique cultures across the region. You will also learn about modern day issues of politics and security between the islands and New Zealand as we enter the ‘century of the Pacific’.

Postgraduate research studies can be undertaken at UC and students benefit from the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, offering postgraduate students access to contacts with major research institutes and universities, and opportunities to take part in engaging research across multiple disciplines.

Students will have access to UC’s extensive collection of New Zealand and Pacific literature housed in the Macmillan Brown Library. Developed from the personal library of John Macmillan Brown, a distinguished academic on Pacific Studies, the library contains original works from the 18th and early 19th centuries covering history from New Zealand and the Pacific region, including literature, manuscripts, photographs and artworks.


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Career opportunities

Pacific Studies prepares students for careers in a wide range of fields including teaching, government, foreign service, community development, museum management and organisational management.

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More information

Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies

Phone +64 3 369 3377

Level 3, Psychology building - see campus maps

Postal address
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Emma Ioane

Emma Ioane

'I want to bring a different element to the legal field, inspire other young Pacific peoples to get into the legal profession...'

Ashalyna Noa

Ashalyna Noa

'It has been a really great experience working and studying on campus...'