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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.


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Key information

Years: 1
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,098-$8,505 per year
Fees (International): $31,615 - $35,980 (120 pts) or $47,425 - $53,970 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*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.

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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. It is recommended that students take one of the research methods papers listed, especially if they are considering going on with further graduate study.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSocSc in Sociology, a student should 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).

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
EDUCA557Research Methods30.021A (Online), 21B (Online) & 21H (Block)
This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
MAORI570Te Mahi Rangahau: Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Research Methods and Issues30.021A (Online)
This paper introduces students to a range of research issues, helps students identify and apply the most effective methodology, understand, review and apply various research methods including kaupapa Maori and indigenous epistemologies.
POPST509Research Methods for Population Analysis15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Online)
This paper provides students with hands-on experience conducting population research, working with real world data to analyse to investigate population issues. Students will gain a sound understanding of how to access, analyse and interpret data and how to communicate their findings, skills directly applicable to a range of policy,...
SOCIO500Comparative Indigenous Criminology30.021A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on a critical comparison of indigenous people's experiences of crime control policies and interventions in settler-colonial jurisdictions.
SOCIO504Marx, Marxism, and Beyond: Contesting Perspectives30.021B (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 perspecitves.
SOCIO589Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21H (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 Study30.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton), 21D (Hamilton) & 21H (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.
SOCIO591Dissertation30.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SOCIO592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SOCIO593Sociology Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SOCIO594Sociology Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SOCPY501Critical Issues in Crime and Social Justice30.0No occurrences
The paper focuses on contemporary, critical issues related to New Zealand's criminal justice system, and the wider context of social justice.
SOCPY507Gender and Development30.021A (Hamilton)
This graduate paper explores fundamental constructs of feminism within the context of development schemes and policies.

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