Breadcrumbs

Map NZ Map World

MSocSc - Sociology as a 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.

Sociology at Waikato moves you beyond assumptions and explores who we are and our place in the world. You'll study human relationships and how societies form. Sociology at Waikato is highly respected and is a top 300 QS-rated subject.


Apply to enrol

Key information

Years: 1 - 1.5
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,840 - $8,650 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $31,615 - $35,980 (120 pts) or $47,425 - $53,970 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*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 Advocate
  • Community Development advisor
  • Criminal justice worker
  • Criminology researcher
  • Journalist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Research Advisor
  • Teacher
  • Youth worker

Degree Planner

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Socy), PGDip(Socy), BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc

To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Sociology, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally SOCIO591), and at least 30 points from other SOCIO coded 500 level papers.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSocSc in Sociology, a student must have completed either:

a) a BSocSc with a major in Sociology (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or

b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Sociology (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division) or a PGDip in Sociology (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 MSocSc in Sociology vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including 60 points from SOCIO coded papers, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation. It is recommended that students take one of the research methods papers listed.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
SOCIO504Marx, Marxism, and Beyond: Contesting Perspectives30.022B (Hamilton)
Marx's theory of capitalist society is examined with reference to the contested history of twentieth century Marxism and the related development of neo-Marxist and post-Marxist perspectives.
SOCIO507The Regulation of Sexuality30.022A (Hamilton)
This paper examines how sexuality is regulated in contemporary Western societies through social norms, discourses, laws, policies, and rules that privilege certain notions about sexuality, while others are marginalised.
SOCIO589Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22H (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
SOCIO590Directed Study30.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton), 22D (Hamilton) & 22H (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
SOCIO591Dissertation30.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SOCIO592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SOCIO593Sociology Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SOCIO594Sociology Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Find your scholarship


Subject links

Sociology and Social Policy Program


Contacts

School of Social Sciences
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4138
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: [email protected]
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: [email protected]