Master's in Humanities and Social Sciences in New Zealand

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Humanities and Social Sciences

In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

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Master of Education

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time Part time March 2017 New Zealand Hamilton

This programme is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education. Developing skills in leadership in curriculum, pedagogy or policy development, the benefits include career advancement and the development of expertise in a specific area of educational practice. [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in New Zealand 2017. Master of Education This programme is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education. Developing skills in leadership in curriculum, pedagogy or policy development, the benefits include career advancement and the development of expertise in a specific area of educational practice. Target your study towards your area of professional expertise. Students are required to complete 180 points of taught papers, a research methods paper (30 points) and at least 30 points of research. Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time over one calendar year. Programme Highlights Our world renowned staff are active researchers who are known internationally as leaders in their specialist areas. Find out more about our staff. Choose to focus your study on one of the following subjects below as a programme of study or three specialisations (listed below). Alternatively, create your own programme of study by combining papers from Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, or include a paper from another faculty (subject to Postgraduate Leaders approval). Programmes of study for MEd Arts Education Education Education Studies Human Development Language and literacy education Mathematics education Science, Technology and Environmental Education Specialisations STEM Education Global Studies in Education Professional Learning This qualification can also be studied at the University of Waikato Tauranga. Admission and enrolment Admission normally requires a bachelor's degree with at least a B average and teaching qualification. Note: Transfers from PGDips and Hons programmes on to 180-point masters are possible prior to formal completion of the PGDips and Hons qualifications in Education. Specialisations STEM Education Teachers of STEM subjects (science, technology, environmental education and maths) can develop their teaching approach to their specialised subject and complete an evidence-based enquiry research project, based on a topic of interest. This requires at least 60 points from required papers, a research methods paper (30 points) and one other 30 point paper. Programme Advisor Dr Anne Hume Papers TEMS Research Centre Global Studies in Education For those who are not classroom teachers but are interested in philosophical aspects of education, you can explore and research educational dimensions in global processes. Themes include; interconnectivity, intercultural education, the dialogue on the model of open science, open education and open knowledge production. It builds upon the traditions of comparative and international education programmes, It includes but is not limited to the following innovative areas: new media and popular cultures the new global ecologies of learning open education global citizenship and education This MEd specialisation requires the completion of six papers (30 points each) or equivalent 180 points (500 level), including required and optional papers and a research project or thesis. Programme advisors Professor Tina Besley Professor Michael A. Peters Papers Master of Education (Global Studies) Centre for Global Studies Professional Learning For educators who facilitate and support other practitioners' development, this programme is designed to support and recognise your professional development service. The programme focuses on the theory and practice of in-service professional learning and is ideal for mid-career educators with at least five years experience. Graduates have strong analytical and independent research skills and at times, have their research published. Programme advisors Senior Lecturer Frances Edwards Senior lecturer Anthony Fisher Papers Master of Education (Professional Learning) [-]

Master of Applied Psychology

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months March 2017 New Zealand Hamilton

Studying for your Master of Applied Psychology at the University of Waikato allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of one of three key areas of applied psychology. [+]

Master of Applied Psychology Studying for your Master of Applied Psychology at the University of Waikato allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of one of three key areas of applied psychology. You'll choose your specialist area in behaviour analysis, community psychology or organisational psychology. You'll develop a detailed understanding of the underlying ideas relating to your chosen area, as well as learn about the fundamental principles and guiding values connected to your specialist field. During your Master of Applied Psychology studies, you'll be given opportunities to gain relevant hands-on experience. This will be through getting involved in work placements and projects, where you'll be connected with a range of organisations and community groups. The type of workplaces you'll be placed in depends on the specialist area you've chosen. You could have a placement in an educational environment such as a school, university or special education venue. You may do a project at a research institution or in a private practice. Perhaps you'll work with business and industry, or in the health sector. You may have a placement in a governmental agency, or if it fits in with your specialist area, a zoo. Master of applied psychology (behaviour analysis) – mapppsy(ba) Behaviour Analysis is a scientific approach to understanding why people and animals do what they do. Studying behaviour analysis will teach you how both animal and human behaviour is affected by events in the social and physical environment and what you can do to help produce behaviour change to help improve lives. Knowledge of this science of behaviour and its behaviour-change technology will assist you in a variety of careers. As a field, behaviour analysis consists of concepts, principles and techniques. In the MAppPsy(BA) you will learn the basic skills by which behaviour can be understood and changed. The practical skills include techniques to define and measure behaviour, undertake functional analyses of behaviour, create behaviour change programmes and evaluate their effectiveness. Many of these techniques and strategies are taught in the courses that combine theoretical and practical learning to produce marketable skills. The MAppPsy(BA) will help you develop research skills, including the skills necessary to understand and critically evaluate published research. You will also refine your writing and presentation skills through written assignments and oral presentations. The courses will give you an understanding of the key principles and ideas in this area of psychology, and how to apply them. The material covered is relevant to understanding both human and animal behaviour. Once you have completed your MAppPsy(BA) you may decide to do further studies. You can continue to a PhD in this area, or you may choose to gain a professional qualification relevant to your area of interest. The Behaviour Analysis courses that are part of the MAppPsy(BA) provide a course sequence that has been approved by the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the academic requirements for sitting the exam to become a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA). For more details about the BACB see www.bacb.com. If you are interested in applications of behaviour analysis to human behaviour then you can progress to further postgraduate study to complete the full BACB approved course sequence required to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). The last courses for this sequence can be taken separately as a PGCert(Psych) or, for students based in NZ, as part of the PGDipPracPsych(ABA). For those in NZ this latter qualification leads to registration as a Psychologist. Graduates may work in a range of setting, e.g., community, mental health and education, and with a range of clients, e.g., adults, families, children and people with an intellectual or other disability. Master of applied psychology (community psychology) – mapppsy(com) If you choose to specialise in Community Psychology, you'll develop the practical skills you need to apply psychological techniques to a range of social issues. New Zealand is becoming a more diverse society, so it's vital you can apply these techniques in a fair and culturally sensitive way – during your MAppPsy(Com) you'll learn how to do this. You'll develop the ability to analyse complex situations and plan appropriate actions. You'll be introduced to research and inquiry methods, and carry out your own practical research. Throughout your studies, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of the key ideas, principles and fundamental values relating to this area of psychology. In the first year of your MAppPsy(Com) studies, you'll gain experience in human and social services by completing a programme evaluation for a service provider. In the second year, you'll gain this experience by working with a relevant community organisation or organisations. Once you've gained your MAppPsy(Com), you'll be qualified to work in health services, community service organisations, government departments and in private practice. You may choose to do contract work with human service organisations as a researcher, trainer or consultant. The MAppPsy(Com) also provides a pathway into the Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology (Community Psychology). This is a one year work-based programme accredited by the New Zealand Psychologists Board, which enables graduates to become registered as psychologists in New Zealand. Master of applied psychology (organisational psychology) – mapppsy(org) If you choose to specialise in organisational psychology, you'll be focusing on organisational and personnel (human resources/employee) psychology. Organisational psychologists are experts in aiding organisational effectiveness by improving the well-being of their employees. During your MAppPsy(Org), you'll learn how to carry out applied organisational research. This research relates to areas like job or competency analyses and surveys. You'll learn how to evaluate organisational and human resource (personnel) interventions. Throughout your studies, you'll become familiar with how organisational psychology initiatives relate to an organisation's wider goals. You'll develop your ability to analyse and to carry out library research effectively. You'll refine your skills in presenting proposals and reports, both in writing and orally. At Waikato, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience during your studies. You'll undertake projects in different organisations and you'll be able to join a professional network site called IO-net. Waikato MAppPsy(Org) students learn from experts in the field of organisational psychology – Professor Michael O’Driscoll and Dr Maree Roche. Where might your MAppPsy(Org) take you? Organisational psychologists work in staff selection and performance evaluation. They work in training, motivation and work attitudes. You might also use your skills to help with occupational stress and burnout. Organisations may employ you to work with leadership, organisational culture and organisation development strategies. Graduate study options Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Admission and enrolment To be admitted to the MAppPsy, you must have completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences (or equivalent) majoring in Psychology and must have achieved a satisfactory grade average over your 300 level Psychology papers – normally a B+ average or better. In addition you should have satisfactorily completed 20 points at 300 level in Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, Organisational Psychology or equivalent. Candidates who have not met this requirement may be enrolled in the BSocSc(Hons) or PGDip in Psychology in the first instance, with the possibility of transferring to the MAppPsy. Please consult the Psychology Graduate Adviser (psyc-grad@waikato.ac.nz) for specific admission criteria and the required forms. [-]

Master of International Relations

Victoria University of Wellington
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years March 2017 New Zealand Wellington + 1 more

The Master of International Relations (MIR) equips students for a career with an international focus and to provide professionals with skills in the analysis of International Relations, Strategic Studies and Political Science. [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in New Zealand 2017. The Master of International Relations (MIR) equips students for a career with an international focus and to provide professionals with skills in the analysis of International Relations, Strategic Studies and Political Science. The MIR includes taught courses and a dissertation, research project or thesis. Courses focus on the shifting geopolitics of the great powers, global political economy, environmental cooperation and conflict, and the transformation of the Asia-Pacific region. The choice of elective courses allows the programme of study to be wide in both geographical scope and thematic content. The programme begins in Trimester 1 each year. Students enrolled full-time will complete their degree in one calendar year; while part-time students will complete within two years. The MIR Programme The MIR degree is composed of two parts - a taught and a research component. Students are required to complete: Part 1 INTP 586 Approaches to International Relations - the 30-point core course 60 points from INTP 400-489 30 points from INTP 400-488, POLS 400-488 or STRA 530-539. In certain cases, students may be permitted to substitute up to 30 points offered by other programmes. Part 2 Either INTP 593 Dissertation (60 points) or INTP 589 Research Project (30 points) and 30 further points from INTP 400-488, POLS 400-488 or STRA 530-539. Note: With the Head of School's permission, a candidate may replace Part 1 (3) and Part 2 with INTP 595 (Thesis, 90 points). Full-time students should normally complete the requirements for the degree by 28 February in the year after first enrolling for it, and part-time students by 28 February in the second year after first enrolling. Research Areas in International Relations MIR students will benefit from the diverse and wide ranging research expertise of staff in the Political Science and International Relations Programme. Academic requirements To study the Master of International Relations you will need one of the following: Bachelor's degree with Honours (or equivalent) Proof of English proficiency You need to demonstrate a satisfactory command of English through one of the following: IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0 TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 65 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 58) EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5 [-]

Master of Development Studies

Victoria University of Wellington
Campus Full time Part time 2 years March 2017 New Zealand Wellington + 1 more

Development Studies seeks to explain the enormous differences in peoples’ living standards across the world and to do something about them. The programme examines the theories and practices associated with inequalities in world development, using multi-disciplinary approaches. It is concerned with the processes and relationships between people and institutions at different scales – from local, small-scale communities, through to national government agencies and international organisations. [+]

Development Studies seeks to explain the enormous differences in peoples’ living standards across the world and to do something about them. The programme examines the theories and practices associated with inequalities in world development, using multi-disciplinary approaches. It is concerned with the processes and relationships between people and institutions at different scales – from local, small-scale communities, through to national government agencies and international organisations. Particular attention is paid to the relationships between 'developed' and 'developing' societies, the roles played by various institutions within them and their effects on processes of social, political, economic and environmental transformation. Development Studies concerns issues of contemporary relevance to the world today including: Poverty Inequality Globalisation Gender equity Environmental change Participation and democracy Human rights International aid Our programme is accessible to graduates from a wide range of disciplines and occupations. People with work experience in community and international development are strongly encouraged to apply, especially those with a background in the Asia Pacific region. Students are encouraged to spend some time overseas in a developing country as part of their postgraduate study and Masters students usually complete a research thesis based on work in a developing country. Students have undertaken research in places as diverse as Ethiopia, East Timor, Brazil, Chile, Bhutan, South Korea, Malaysia, Samoa and Rapanui. The MDevStud degree seeks to enhance the ability of graduate students to contribute as professionals to development practice worldwide. Potential Projects All students are urged to plan their course of study with the Director of Development Studies before enrolment, as well as during the course of their programme. More Information Download the postgraduate prospectus Contact the Development Studies Programme Director, John Overton Visit the Political Economy and Development Research Group web pages for information about research and staff in this area For information about undergraduate study in Development Studies please view the Development Studies page. Prerequisites Masters students must have previously completed a Bachelor’s degree, ideally with an average B+ grade or higher, in relevant 300 level courses. The following points are also taken into account before a student is accepted into the programme: appropriateness and quality of academic background and/or work experience a clear understanding of how the proposed programme fits with career goals motivation to complete the thesis within two years being able to commit ample time to the programme Course Requirements All students should plan their course of study with the Programme Director before enrolment. Part time study is possible. Part 1 A total of 120 points, made up from: DEVE 511 – 514 60 points from approved elective courses To progress to Masters Part 2, students must achieve a B+ average in all Part 1 courses. Part 2 DEVE 592 - thesis The thesis is worth 120 points and will be approximately 40,000 words (120-150 pages). It must be completed by February 28 in two years following the year of enrolment. Students begin their thesis following submission and acceptance of a full research proposal as part of DEVE 514 - Development Research, taken in the second trimester. All students should plan their course of study with the Programme Director before enrolment. Applications must be received by 10th of December in the year prior to the commencement of study. Part time study is possible. Academic requirements To study the Master of Development Studies you will need one of the following: Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in same subject area Proof of English proficiency You need to demonstrate a satisfactory command of English through one of the following: IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0 TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 65 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 58) EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5 [-]

Postgraduate Programmes in International Studies

IPU New Zealand
Campus Full time 3 - 5 semesters March 2017 New Zealand Palmerston North

IPU New Zealand offers two postgraduate qualifications: Master of International Studies, Postgraduate Diploma of International Studies. Both of these qualifications are of an interdisciplinary nature. Students study a mixture of business, international relations, and environmental science to develop knowledge and practical skills to engage in today's rapidly changing business world... [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in New Zealand 2017. IPU New Zealand offers two postgraduate qualifications: Master of International Studies Postgraduate Diploma of International Studies Both of these qualifications are of an interdisciplinary nature. Students study a mixture of business, international relations, and environmental science to develop knowledge and practical skills to engage in today's rapidly changing business world. Designed for high-achieving professionals who are looking for international career opportunities, the Master of International Studies will provide you with an appreciation of how businesses, government and the global economy interact. You will develop the ability to think globally, manage people within multicultural settings and will be equipped to go on to a rewarding career with a multinational company, government agency, international aid agency or organisation with global business links. Master of International Studies (MIS) NZQA Level 9 (You must hold a relevant Bachelor's Degree)* Credits: 240 Duration: 5 semesters (minimum) Intakes: January, April, August Postgraduate Diploma of International Studies (PDIS) NZQA Level 8 (You must hold a relevant Bachelor's Degree)* Credits: 150 Duration: 3 semesters (minimum) Intakes: January, April, August *Advanced diploma and other equivalent qualifications will be assessed on a case by case basis. What you will gain The MIS and PDIS programmes foster your potential as a leader, manager, and decision maker. Assessments and activities within the programmes encourage your development in the following skills: Leadership and People Management Entrepreneurial and Creative Thinking Communication Business Management and Finance Teamwork and Collaboration These are the key skills employers are looking for in senior managers. Career opportunities Corporate Management Communications Foreign Affairs Management Marketing Media Relations Public Relations Public Services And many more! Course requirements Postgraduate Diploma/Year One - Master of International Studies All postgraduate students are required to take FIVE papers, with no more than TWO papers per term. TWO compulsory papers Resource Management (30 credits) Postgraduate Research Methods (30 credits) THREE elective papers The following Level 8 papers may be offered: People, the Planet and Sustainability (30 credits) Entrepreneurship and Innovation (30 credits) Business, the Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility (30 credits) Science, the Environment and Policy Making (30 credits) Politics and Development (30 credits) Contemporary Marketing (30 credits) Sustainability and Management Accounting (30 credits) International Human Resource Management (30 credits) Leadership, Communication and Change Management (30 credits) Students successfully completing 150 credits may then graduate with a PDIS. Year Two (Master of International Studies only) Students may select from the following options: 1. Executive Strategic Project (90 credits) 2. Thesis (90 credits) 3. Executive Project (60 credits) and 1 additional Level 8 paper (30 credits) 4. Research Paper (60 credits) and 1 additional Level 8 paper (30 credits) Students successfully completing the remaining 90 credits in Year Two may then graduate with a MIS. Entry requirements Candidates with an existing undergraduate degree from a recognised institution may apply to take the above programmes. All teaching in the Postgraduate Diploma and Master of International Studies is in English. Applicants who are not native speakers of English must produce evidence of one of the following English Language examinations* in satisfaction of the minimum language entry requirement for admission: - An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall, with no band score lower than 6.0; or equivalent Conditional entry may be granted subject to the applicant providing proof of language proficiency. *Official English language scores must have been achieved within the two-year period prior to the application. [-]