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Bachelor of Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it. The degree focuses on contemporary social issues, the ways in which humans interact with these issues and how such actions can be monitored and modified.

Bachelor of Social Sciences with the Faculty of Education

The FEDU Bachelor of Social Sciences is underpinned by a strong social justice perspective and is ideal for anyone wanting to make a difference in the lives of children and adults within family, education, community and/or workplace settings. It offers social science majors in areas such as Human Development, Education and Society and Digital Learning along with core papers on teaching and learning.

This degree will enable graduates to ensure that managing and promoting learning is not only the role of teachers, but parents, business people, salespeople, health professionals, and local and central government.

Bachelor of Social Sciences with the Faculty of Social Sciences

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).

Bachelor of Social Sciences with the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

This degree will help you to develop an appreciation of indigenous and global issues.  An understanding of indigenous topics such as languages, treaties, resource management, sovereignty and equality are all integral in today’s multicultural world.  Couple these learnings with an insight into tikanga Māori practices to equip you for the diverse workforce in New Zealand and abroad.

You can choose from our subject majors of Pacific and Indigenous Studies or Māori and Indigenous Studies.

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Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
BSocSc Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $5,997-$6,922 per year
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Fees (International): $23,260-$30,280 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*Tuition fees shown 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.

Career opportunities

  • Community Health Worker
  • Demographer
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Employment Relations Advocate
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Ethics Adviser
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Iwi or Māori Resource Development Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Educational Software Developer
  • Youth or Family Worker
  • Industry Trainer

Degree planner — Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) Overview

Year 1

100 Level

100 Level

One from List A
(see BSocSc Papers below)

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Field of the Degree
100 Level



Year 2

200 Level

200 Level

200 Level

One from List B
(see BSocSc Papers below)

One from List D
(see footnotes)




Year 3

300 Level

300 Level

300 Level

300 Level

One from List C
(see BSocSc Papers below)




  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

List D

  • EDUCA210 Learning and Teaching 2
  • PSYCH211 Understanding Psychological Research
  • SSRES200 Social Science Research Methods
  • SSRES300 Social Science Research Methods
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Morgan Paul My degree was flexible enough that I could learn more about people and working, and then ultimately turning my study into a career path.

Morgan Paul Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management

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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 as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field.

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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.

BSocSc(Hons) Subjects:

  • Anthropology
  • Demography
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Labour Studies
  • Maori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Maori
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Resources and Environmental Planning
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • 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.

As well as developing skills in class within the Faculty of Educations Social Science degree, all students have the opportunity to apply and extend their learning in a community work placement at 300 level.



Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080