Waikato's Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it. Composed largely as a research-orientated degree, the BSocSc covers contemporary and relevant areas of study such as employment relations, social policy and environmental planning.
You'll develop invaluable research capabilities and skills in information gathering, analysis, reporting and informed decision making under the expert guidance of our world-recognised researchers.
We offer a range of exciting subjects and specialisations to choose from. Two of our major subjects – Geography and Sociology – are ranked among the top 250 in the world (QS Rankings).
This degree may also be studied at the University of Waikato in Tauranga.
- Community Health Worker
- Employment Relations Advocate
- Environmental Consultant
- Ethics Adviser
- Human Resource Manager
- Iwi or Māori Resource Development Officer
- Policy Analyst
|Study Locations||Hamilton; Tauranga|
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences|
|Start Dates||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
|Domestic Fees||$5,879-$6,786 per year|
|International Fees||$23,235 - $29,470 per year|
|Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Social Sciences
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The Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (BSocSc(Hons)) involves two semesters of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. The BSocSc(Hons) comprises 120 points at 500 level, of which 30 points must be in research, normally a 30 point disseration or an approved equivalent. The BSocSc(Hons) is awarded with classes of honours.
In general, to be admitted to the BSocSc(Hons) you must have a B grade average in the 300 level papers of your undergraduate major subject. You need to have majored in the same subject for your undergraduate degree as that in which you intend to enrol at graduate level. In some cases, a substantial undergraduate supporting subject may be a sufficient prerequisite.
A number of the graduate subjects/programmes are interdisciplinary in nature, and may accept students with appropriate undergraduate majors in other relevant subjects. Admission criteria may vary so please consult the appropriate programme Graduate Adviser for their specific admission criteria.
- Education Studies
- Human Development
- Labour Studies
- Maori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Maori
- Political Science
- Public Policy
- Resources and Environmental Planning
- Social Policy
- Women's and Gender Studies
Notes(s): The undergraduate subject of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (IR & HRM) is an interdisciplinary major of related papers which at graduate level exists as a stream within Labour Studies. Similarly, Tourism Studies is a stream within
International Relations and Security Studies although not available for honours, may be taken as a subject for the postgraduate diploma.
You may take up to 60 points from other subjects, of which up to 30 points may be taken from outside the subjects listed for the degree. You should discuss your intended programme of study with the Graduate Adviser in each of the Faculties or Schools concerned. Some subjects have specific guidelines for numbers and types of papers outside the subject.
Graduate study options
The BSocSc adopts a practical approach with subject-specific experiences and opportunities available to you. This includes environmental planning field trips, labs for studying animal behaviour and the Traffic and Road Safety (TARS) lab for studying driving behaviour.
Many of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ degrees offer work placement opportunities or projects with businesses and community groups. In most cases, these can count towards your programme of study.
Visit our work placement page to find out more.
Admission and enrolment
You will be eligible to apply for this degree if you have University Entrance and meet any additional requirements for the qualification. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites, so please check the catalogue of papers carefully. If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080
Within their overall programme, students must complete at least 35 points, including at least 20 points above 100 level, from a list of methodology papers.
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