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Diploma in Arts (Social Anthropology)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Social Anthropology for your Diploma in Arts at Massey

Social anthropology is the study of the relationship between human beings and culture. It gives you a deeper understanding of cultural variation and cultural change. It allows you to better understand your own culture as one among many possible ways of being human.

Social (or cultural) anthropologists seek to understand cultural differences. That includes the many ways people maintain and change culture in response to new social contexts. Social anthropologists bring a comparative approach to the description and analysis of society based on fieldwork that extends across the globe, from hunter-gatherers to industrial nation-states.

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

want to further your understanding of our society

are interested in cultural variation and cultural change

want to better understand other cultures and ethnic groups.

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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