MSocSc - Geography as a main subject
Second Subject, Main Subject
Studying for a Master of Social Sciences at Waikato challenges you to take your understanding of theoretical subject matter to an advanced level.
Geography matters because it is about basic human relationships - between people and the environment, and between people and other people. Ranked among the top geography programmes in the world, the Geography programme at Waikato is the only solely human geography programme in New Zealand.
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|Years:||1 - 1.5|
|Start Dates:||Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)|
|Estimated Fees* (Domestic):||$7,626 - $9,292 per year|
|Estimated Fees* (International):||$53,855 - $61,290 (180 points)|
|Entry Requirements:||Postgraduate International|
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|All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *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.|
- Environmental Manager
- Immigration Policy Analyst
- Urban or Regional Planner
Limited 500-level papers
A limited number of papers are offered at the 500-level in the Geography Programme. Outside Geographic Information Systems (GIS) papers, we only offer GEOGY520, Human Dimensions of Environmental Change.
As such, any graduate students in geography have to be accommodated through papers offered in other programmes.
Papers available within Geography
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Geog), PGDip(Geog), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc
To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Geography, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally GEOGY591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Geography. Within the PGCert(Geog)), PGDip(Geog)) and BSocSc(Hons) a specialisation in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is available. Details of the specialisation requirements can be obtained from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.
a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Geography (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across the 300 level papers, or
b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Geography (or equivalent) and have gained at least second class honours (second division), or a PGDip in Geography (or equivalent) with at least a B average, and
c) have satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Geography vary according to admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including ALPSS500, one of GEOGY500, GEOGY520, GEOGY538 or GEOGY548, and at least 45 points from the papers listed for the subject in List A: Advanced Study of the regulations for the MA or MSocSc.
Students admitted under b) above must complete 120 points from approved 500-level papers, including at least 45 points from the papers listed for the subject in List A: Advanced Study of the regulations for the MA or MSocSc.
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|ALPSS500||Academic & Professional Research & Writing||30.0||24A (Online), 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)|
|In this course, students will gain the skills and confidence to seamlessly transition from study to work. This course works to enhance the 'skills for the future' identified by the World Economic Forum (2020), in order to produce resilient, creative students with strong analytic and critical thinking skills.|
|ALPSS590||Directed Study||30.0||24X (Hamilton)|
|This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their major under the guidance of academic staff.|
|ALPSS591||Research Project||30.0||24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)|
|A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 12,500 words maximum).|
|ALPSS592||Dissertation||60.0||24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)|
|A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 25,000 words maximum).|
|ENVPL504||Plan Making||15.0||24B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers the steps involved in plan-making and plan-implementation processes. This includes issues identification; visioning; definition of planning outcomes; development of programmes, policies and actions to achieve vision; and plan-implementation matters.|
|ENVPL508||Plans and Consents||15.0||24X (Block)|
|This paper is designed to provide students with skills and experience in the application of resource management plans and the resource consent process. Students are engaged in experiential learning relevant to the practice of environmental planning and management in Aotearoa-New Zealand.|
|ENVPL509||Urban Spatial Analysis||15.0||24B (Hamilton)|
|This paper will provide students with hands-on spatial analytical skills for environmental planning practice in an urban context. Students will develop quantitative problem solving and spatial thinking skills applied to real-world problems such as sea-level rise and housing inequality.|
|ENVPL510||Planning Theory||15.0||24B (Hamilton)|
|This paper discusses the various theories that influence how we plan our world. It will cover issues such as power, justice, governance, politics, neoliberalism, marxism, gender, democracy and environmental racism.|
|GEOGY500||People, Place, Power||30.0||24A (Online)|
|This paper is a forum for debate in geographies of people and power. Key concerns are the intersections between gender, Maori, Indigeneity, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, nationality and other social divisions in relation to geographies of justice.|
|GEOGY520||Human Dimensions of Environmental Change||30.0||24B (Hamilton)|
|This paper examines the increasing risks imposed on human communities by global environmental change. The paper establishes a platform for the critical analysis of human-environment relations by introducing students to important theoretical developments including the role of culture-nature dualisms, theories on population-environme...|
|GEOGY538||Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems||15.0||24X (Block)|
|Automated GIS, using programming or scripts, are extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. GIS professionals are expected have the skills to write their own scripts, as well as execute and manipulate existing scripts. In this pape...|
|GEOGY558||Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning||15.0||24A (Hamilton)|
|GIS is used widely in a range of industries and government agencies, and graduates competent in GIS are sort after for employment. This paper is designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students and is co-taught with GEOGY328. It covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is u...|
|GEOGY593||Geography Thesis||90.0||24X (Hamilton)|
|An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.|
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