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Postgraduate options for a career in government

Coming to the end of your undergraduate degree and thinking of your next step towards a career in government?

MPAG and MIRAD students on their field trip to parliament

The College of Arts offer three Taught Masters Programmes in Political Science and European Union Studies that can help you get one step closer to fulfilling your career aspirations. These courses don’t require you to have previous study experience in that field, and give you the chance to change the current direction of your studies.

In our Master of Policy and Governance you will learn about policy analysis and strategic decision-making, with a goal to progress towards a career in local, regional, national, and not-for-profit roles in governance. Our Master of International Relations and Diplomacy is perfect if you are interested in working in international and global affairs. And in our Master of European Union Studies you will learn about the EU’s global role in foreign policy development, human rights, trade and multiculturalism.

If you think this sounds like your future career pathway, then check out these and other postgraduate options at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/arts/qualifications-and-courses/

Applications to enrol are now open.

International Postgraduate Research Weekend

On May 6-8, the European Union Centres Network NZ, in association with the National Centre for Research on Europe, ran its annual international Post-Graduate Research Weekend School – this time at UC’s Kaikoura Field Station. 

Student attendee Katharina Stirland shares her story about the event.


This year’s Postgraduate Weekend School took place from 6 to 8 May in Kaikoura and was attended by 19 students from different universities in New Zealand and Australia.

Proceedings kicked off with an informal Europe Quiz on Friday evening and got underway properly on Saturday morning – although students and staff were slightly distracted by the beautiful sunrise and breath-taking views from the field station.

Students were put into panels and then had the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from staff and students. Topics ranged from medieval history to cancer detection and climate change issues and proved to be highly interesting and thought-provoking, as well as a great opportunity for networking.

Students also benefited from a number of different skills sessions, such as thesis survival tips, an insight into publishing and finding employment after graduating. The Weekend School finished with a trip to Ohau Point on Sunday where everyone enjoyed watching the seal pups play at the bottom of the water fall.

Many thanks to all the staff involved in organising and running the event!

Katharina Stirland

The EUCN NZ Post-Graduate Weekend School is an annual event funded by the European Union Centres Network NZ. The 2017 School will be held across the Tasman and any UC student studying the European Union or European related topics is eligible to apply to attend.

Europe Week 2-9 May

Prizes galore!  A climate change student initiative! A concert by the UC School of Music!

These are just a few of the activities UC students are invited to participate in during the 2016 Europe Week celebrations here at UC, from 2-9 May.

The 2016 celebrations at UC combine a number of different activities, including seminars, cultural events, an interactive quiz and the chance to taste some European Food.


A climate change seminar

One of the events the NCRE is particularly proud of is the initiative of two NCRE PhD candidates who have organized a public seminar ‘The Future We Seek : A climate change seminar’  featuring a TEDx Talk by UC Graduate Dr Daniel Price, followed by a live Q&A discussion. This event is to be held on May 2, 6pm in the John Britten Building Foyer and all are welcome to attend!


Seminar Series: ‘Solutions To Europe’s Critical Issues’

Europe Week also provides the perfect launch program for the NCRE Seminar Series ‘Solutions To Europe’s Critical Issues’ .  These seminars are held weekly, (Friday afternoons, 2pm) during term time in the Undercroft 101. The series features thought-provoking seminars from European Diplomats, starting with the Dutch Ambassador to New Zealand H.E. Rob Zaagman on Friday 6th May (10.30-12:30pm).

For more information, or to be added to the mailing list for these upcoming events please contact ncre@canterbury.ac.nz or follow us on twitter @NCRENZ.

We look forward to you all joining in with our celebration .

The team at NCRE