Masters Degree in Social Sciences in New Zealand

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A masters is awarded to students who have completed postgraduate level study in a specific field of study or area of professional practice while demonstrating a high level of mastery during the process.

Social sciences focus on the study of social relationships and human society. Courses within social science prepare students for a wide number of careers that deal with people or systems in public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses ‒ that of the North and South Islands ‒ and numerous smaller islands. Overseas students need to have a student visa and a reasonable level of cash to spend in order to undertake a course of study at a New Zealand based educational institution. New Zealand educational institutions will inform the appropriate immigration authorities if a student ceases to attend their enrolled courses, who may then suspend or cancel that student's visa. Educational institutions often also exchange this enrollment and attendance data electronically with other government agencies responsible for providing student assistance.

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Master of Maori and Pacific Development

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years March 2018 New Zealand Hamilton + 1 more

The Master of Maori and Pacific Development builds on the knowledge of core indigenous concepts, cultural and historical understandings, ethical, methodological, environmental and sustainable development. [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in New Zealand 2017/2018. Master of Maori and Pacific Development The Master of Maori and Pacific Development builds on the knowledge of core indigenous concepts, cultural and historical understandings, ethical, methodological, environmental and sustainable development. The Master of Māori and Pacific Development (MMPD) will take you through an advanced assessment of the underlying concepts and principles associated with social, cultural, political and economic development for indigenous peoples. You'll explore approaches to solving problems in the theory and practice of indigenous development, and more so in the realms of Māori and Pacific Development. You can be assured that you are studying with the best. Our lecturers remain at the coalface of global development challenges and discourses including the refugee crisis, climate change, environmental issues, economic development challenges, labour migration, sustainable development, poverty and illiteracy. You'll be learning with those who are recognised as development practitioners in NZ, Pacific and internationally through their projects, networks and collaborations. This includes projects for UNESCO, ASPBAE (Asia South Pacific Association for Adult and Basic Education) and other civil society groups. Our staff are also working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as agreed upon by the United Nations in 2015. Career opportunities Government Ministries and Agencies Public Corporations International Organisations Public Service/Administration Local Government Small and Medium Business ownership Business Planning Appraisal and Evaluation Negotiation and Facilitation Health, Training and Welfare Local and Tribal Authorities Marae, Community and Non-governmental Work Research, Consultancy and Needs and Impacts Assessments Admission and enrolment... [-]

Master of Laws in Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples' Law

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 1 year March 2018 New Zealand Hamilton

With a Master of Laws in Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples' Law you could explore Pacific legal thought and practice. You'll develop skills enabling you to participate actively in the development of Pacific jurisprudence and to enhance global understanding of Pacific legal systems. [+]

Master of Laws in Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples' Law With a Master of Laws in Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples' Law you could explore Pacific legal thought and practice. You'll develop skills enabling you to participate actively in the development of Pacific jurisprudence and to enhance global understanding of Pacific legal systems. Master of Laws in Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples' Law (LLM Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples') provides an opportunity to study in-depth the historical and developing trends within the area of indigenous peoples' rights. You'll examine how the United Nations and other international organisations influence the process of Indigenous rights development. You will learn what role the State plays in recognising environmental and economic rights of indigenous peoples. What will post-settlement New Zealand legal landscape look like? You could be the driving force behind developing truly inclusive New Zealand Jurisprudence that would incorporate the best of the traditional Māori practices and Common Law. The knowledge and skills developed through our specialist programme are relevant in roles in: Academic teaching and research; Treaty settlement Maori governance Crown Law Local and central government Education Māori economy The Master of Laws in Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples’ Law programme is offered with the same study options as those of Master of Laws (LLM). Please see the Master of Laws page for more information. Cultural experience The Faculty members come from a wide range of nations and cultural backgrounds, creating a truly multicultural environment. This helps foster in our students an increased awareness of global issues,... [-]

Master of Environment and Society

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months March 2018 New Zealand Hamilton

The Master of Environment and Society is a postgraduate degree suitable for graduates of various disciplines – environmental sciences, social sciences, management, law or economics. It’s a programme that allows you to benefit from the Faculty's growing connections with both local community and educational groups, and local government. [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in New Zealand 2017/2018. Master of Environment and Society The Master of Environment and Society is a postgraduate degree suitable for graduates of various disciplines – environmental sciences, social sciences, management, law or economics. It’s a programme that allows you to benefit from the Faculty's growing connections with both local community and educational groups, and local government. Studying for your Master of Environment and Society (MEnvSoc) at the University of Waikato gives you the chance to build on the skills and knowledge you've already gained during your undergraduate degree. You'll learn how to critically analyse the various points of view relating to environmental challenges. You'll develop your understanding of these different perspectives, and learn how to use your insights to deal with those challenges. During your MEnvSoc, you'll do a combination of studying essential papers and preparing a dissertation or thesis. You'll be able to complete up to 120 points worth of papers and either a 60-point dissertation or a 90-point thesis. Your dissertation or thesis will be based on your own research, and you'll choose a topic relating to environmental and societal inter-relationships. You might also like to include some relevant papers from other areas, such as environmental science, law and management. Taking this approach to structuring your degree helps you strengthen the connection between understanding issues at a theoretical level and applying the theory in practice. The Faculty's links with groups working in local government, education and the community provide a range of... [-]

Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months March 2018 New Zealand Hamilton

The Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies examines the issues which produce various related social norms and sets out to produce practitioners who challenge them. The programme explores contemporary theories, methodologies and practices related to the broad field of disability and inclusion studies. [+]

Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies The Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies examines the issues which produce various related social norms and sets out to produce practitioners who challenge them. The programme explores contemporary theories, methodologies and practices related to the broad field of disability and inclusion studies. This programme is known for its grounding in a social justice model of inclusive community and educational practice and is relevant for a variety of professionals working in community organisations and schools, and those concerned with disability advocacy and rights. Studying the Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies (MDInS) you'll gain a stronger understanding of social life and the differences between us, and challenge current approaches used in the education sector and beyond. The programmes takes on an interdisciplinary approach which draws from education, psychology and social science. As a graduate, you'll demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of concepts, issues and debates in the area of Disability Studies, particularly in your own research. Thinking critically and creatively, you will evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the field of Disability Studies and work proactively to develop professional relationships with others in the field. Programme highlights The MDInS enables the option of flexible study, with both full-time (over 1-1.5 year/s) or part-time options available. This has been an active programme at Waikato for the past 20 years (previously known as "Special Education", changed to current name in 2011). Career opportunities Community Leader Policy Analyst Admission and enrolment Entry Criteria A first degree... [-]

Master of Counselling

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 New Zealand Hamilton

The Master of Counselling is an internationally-renowned counselling degree. Recognised widely as the first degree to introduce a programme entirely in narrative therapy, this is your opportunity to develop professional skills well-grounded in constructionist theories. [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in New Zealand 2017/2018. Master of Counselling The Master of Counselling is an internationally-renowned counselling degree. Recognised widely as the first degree to introduce a programme entirely in narrative therapy, this is your opportunity to develop professional skills well-grounded in constructionist theories. The Master of Counselling (MCouns) is established as a flagship degree that has seen 92% of graduates over the past six years gain successful employment. The degree has specifically been designed for professional counsellors or supervisors interested in leadership roles within the New Zealand counselling profession. The programme has a key teaching focus on providing experiences in which you can further develop your professional attitudes, knowledge and competencies in the areas of counselling, group leadership, mediation and practitioner research. You'll graduate with a high level of knowledge and understanding through the narrative practice this programme is known for. For the past 20 years, our teaching staff have been active in promoting narrative therapy, beginning with a book staff produced called Narrative Therapy in Practice. Today Waikato is considered a leader in this field with several local and international publications produced each year. This notable reputation extends also into our thriving doctoral counselling programme. Make a start this summer with Counselling and Contexts: HDCO549 – 17S (BLK) Learning outcomes As a graduate of the MCouns programme, you will have developed competence in the practices of counselling, and established a firm understanding in philosophical and ethical issues relating to professional counselling practice. You'll learn how... [-]

Master of Applied Psychology

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 2 years March 2018 New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga + 1 more

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... [-]

Master of International Development

Massey University
Campus or Online Full time Part time 2 - 6 years March 2018 New Zealand Palmerston North + 1 more

The Master of International Development is a 180-credit course that can follow on immediately from your bachelor’s degree. [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in New Zealand 2017/2018. The Master of International Development is a 180-credit course that can follow on immediately from your bachelor’s degree. Deepen your understanding to effect change You will gain an advanced understanding of how global economic, social, political and environmental forces affect people and shape different parts of the world. These insights will allow you to recognise where inequalities lie and identify strategies to help overcome poverty and enhance human wellbeing. Learn from experts in the field Massey University was, in 1989, the first university in New Zealand to offer postgraduate qualifications in development studies. We’ve built on that reputation by developing world-class courses in international development. Our professors and lecturers are scholars and active researchers, but are also people with experience in development policy and practice in diverse contexts including the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Get great career skills Graduates of the Master of International Development will be able to: demonstrate knowledge and skills that can be applied in developing policy and strategies, and in managing and evaluating international development programmes critically and rigorously evaluate contemporary international development theories, policies and approaches conduct independent research and analysis of international development issues, collect relevant data, and be able to write persuasively about this demonstrate mastery of social science research approaches and techniques and be able to undertake independent research in a well-planned and ethical manner interpret research findings and draw out relevant implications for development theory, policy and practice. Master of International Development... [-]

Master of International Development

Kilroy Norway
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2018 New Zealand Auckland Wellington + 2 more

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or cognate discipline with a B average. Where a B average has not been achieved [+]

Master of International Development

Awarding Body:

La Trobe University

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or cognate discipline with a B average. Where a B average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial writing assignments.

Duration

The course is one year full-time or two years part-time.

Course requirements

The course consists of 120 credit points of fifth-year level subjects.... [-]