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Bachelor of Arts (Social Anthropology)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Nov 2023


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Social Anthropology for your Bachelor of Arts at Massey

The Massey BA (Social Anthropology) will give you a unique perspective on the world, global culture and society.

Studying social anthropology will develop your understanding of other cultures and contexts and show you how your way of life is just one of many possible ways of being human. Social Anthropology invites us to ask questions about the cultural implications of migration, human trafficking, religion, gender fluidity, cyberspace, fracking, hyper-consumption, food security, scientific inquiry, city living to challenge your existing beliefs and put yourself in others’ shoes.

Study a wide range of subjects

At Massey, you will study topics such as:

personhood and self

ritual and religion

healing systems


migration and belonging

indigenous peoples


human-environmental relationships

human rights

Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Get out into the field

Discover how anthropologists study cultural differences through fieldwork that engages with societies around the globe. Massey staff and students are currently researching in Asia, the Pacific, Europe, South America and Aotearoa New Zealand.

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

Want to further your understanding of our changing societies and the world we live in

Are seeking a deeper understanding of cultural difference and cultural transformations

Want to better understand other cultures and contexts as well as your own.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University. To be admitted to an undergraduate qualification, you will need a minimum level of academic achievement from school, or another university or tertiary institution.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (Social Anthropology), 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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