UniversityThe University of Waikato
This course is available
Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Feb 2024
A Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc) builds on the Bachelors or Honours qualification you've already gained. When studying for your MSocSc, you'll focus on your preferred Social Science subject area and you'll immerse yourself in a high-level programme of study. You'll learn the latest research techniques and be updated on recent developments in knowledge relating to your chosen field.
You'll be preparing for a dissertation or thesis, so will be conducting a substantial amount of your own independent research. If you think you may want to complete a doctorate level qualification later on, completing a MSocSc prepares you for that next level of academic study.
As you grow your knowledge of your chosen subject area, you'll be refining your intellectual skills, particularly your ability to think critically, problem solve and analyse. This will enable you to prepare for leadership roles in fields related to your subject area.
Choose a main subject: Anthropology; Economics; Education and Society; Geography; Health Development and Policy; History; Human Development; Maori and Indigenous Studies; Pacific and Indigenous Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; Population Studies and Demography; Psychology; Public Policy; Social Policy; Sociology
Career opportunities: Clinical or Community Psychologist; Coastal Resource Officer; Communications Coordinator; Community Health Administrator; Counsellor; Demographer; Economist; Educator (Primary, Secondary or Tertiary Sector); Environmental Planner; Hazards and Emergency Management Officer; Human Resources Advisor; Industrial Relations Advocate; Journalist; Policy Analyst; PR Consultant; Research Executive; Social Services Manager; Tourism; Consultant; Union Organiser
To be admitted to the MSocSc, you must have completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences (or equivalent) or a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (or equivalent) in the same subject and must have achieved a satisfactory grade average normally a B average or better.
You will also need to have appropriate supervision arranged.
You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; University of Waikato College - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.