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Diploma in Arts (Social Policy)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Auckland Campus


Specialise in Social Policy for your Diploma in Arts at Massey

Want to know who makes decisions on many of the important issues, such as climate change, poverty and student loans? Want to find out how to influence those decisions? Interested in debates about rights, freedom, equality, justice?

The Diploma in Arts (Social Policy) will provide you with an understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural factors that influence the development, implementation, and evaluation of social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Social policy explores the ways in which power, resources, and opportunities are distributed within society and what influences that distribution. It introduces you to law, politics, and the role of government in a democratic society. The qualification also examines the relationship between the state, political parties, the judiciary, the legal system, and the public in shaping legislation and developing policy.

A Diploma in Arts in Social Policy is a good fit if you:

want to know who makes decisions on many of the important issues

want to find out how to influence those decisions

are keen to contribute to the cause of social justice.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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