Master of Social Sciences

Masters Degree MSocSc

Studying for a Master of Social Sciences at Waikato challenges you to take your understanding of theoretical subject matter to an advanced level.

180 points, 1-1.5 years

or 120 points, 1 year


Trimester A (March), Trimester B (July) and Trimester C (November)

Why study a MSocSc?

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Coastal Resource Officer
  • Counsellor
  • Economist
  • Hazards and Emergency Management Officer
  • Industrial Relations Advocate
  • Journalist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Research Executive
  • Social Services Manager

180 points, 1-1.5 years

or 120 points, 1 year


Trimester A (March), Trimester B (July) and Trimester C (November)

Degree information

Subjects Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships
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Major in Political Science

Study a Master of Social Sciences in Political Science, a highly flexible programme that will give you job opportunities from local to national government, media, education, industry, business, labour organisations and social services.

Industry Connections

During your studies, you'll be supervised by well-connected staff members who have networks with people working in a wide range of sectors, from business to government.

These people, including representatives from local and central government and tribal authorities, provide input into the different subject areas. Members of community groups, business organisations and industrial and professional groups do the same – they provide valuable support and input. The subject area experts themselves provide consultancy services that the community in general needs, so there are broader links and connections made through this sharing of knowledge.

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships.

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