PhD - Social Policy as a subject
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the University for research carried out under the supervision of at least two staff members. A PhD can also be presented as a PhD with Publication or a PhD with a Creative Practice Component.
Be a force for change. Study Social Policy at Waikato and develop a critical understanding of how policy-making impacts on every person, regardless of their age, ethnicity or gender – then learn how to influence it.
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- Environmental Planning
- Environmental Sciences
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- Human Resource Management
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- Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
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- Pacific and Indigenous Studies
- Political Science
- Population Studies and Demography
- Public Relations
- Screen and Media Studies
- Strategic Management
- Theatre Studies
- Tourism Management
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|Start Dates:||The first day of any month from February to November|
|Estimated Fees* (Domestic):||$6,591 - $7,067 per year|
|Estimated Fees* (International):||$6,615 - $7,024 per year|
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New Zealand resident International PhD students pay the domestic fee.
*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.
- Case Manager
- Community Worker
- Policy Analyst
Papers available within Social Policy
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Scholarships and prizes
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Social Policy is available as a major for the BSocSc.
Social Policy is available as a major for the BSocSc. Social Policy may also be taken as a second major or as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice, please contact one of our friendly student advisors on phone:
Note: Social Policy is available as a major for the BSocSc in Hamilton and Tauranga. Tauranga-based students majoring in Social Policy may substitute SOCW305 for SOCP304
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements, please check the information provided in the papers section above.