A Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc) builds on the Bachelors or Honours qualification you've already gained. When studying for your MSocSc, you'll focus on your preferred Social Science subject area and you'll immerse yourself in a high-level programme of study. You'll learn the latest research techniques and be updated on recent developments in knowledge relating to your chosen field.
You'll be preparing for a dissertation or thesis, so will be conducting a substantial amount of your own independent research. If you think you may want to complete a doctorate level qualification later on, completing a MSocSc prepares you for that next level of academic study.
As you grow your knowledge of your chosen subject area, you'll be refining your intellectual skills, particularly your ability to think critically, problem solve and analyse. This will enable you to prepare for leadership roles in fields related to your subject area.
During your studies, you'll be supervised by well-connected Faculty members who have networks with people working in a wide range of sectors, from business to government.
These people, including representatives from local and central government and tribal authorities, provide input into the different subject areas. Members of community groups, business organisations and industrial and professional groups do the same – they provide valuable support and input. The subject area experts themselves provide consultancy services that the community in general needs, so there are broader links and connections made through this sharing of knowledge.
Please visit http://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/master-of-social-sciences to see what subjects are available for the Master of Social Sciences.
A research degree is a period of intensive, supervised, research work in your chosen area. It builds on your previous academic or professional experience and allows you to develop an original area of expertise.
You work closely with a director of studies and a supervisor who are specialists in your chosen field or methodological approach to produce an extended thesis of up to 80,000 words in the case of doctoral research.
Whilst completing your thesis you can take advantage of a range of training opportunities to improve your employability and personal skills. This includes developing your knowledge and understanding of research methods and methodology.
You can take modules from the MRes Social Sciences Programme and supplementary on-line courses to develop your research skills.
Our staff members take part in a range of research-related activities, including
Reviewing journal papers, book proposals and research applications.
We conduct research projects in areas such as • law • social policy • sociology • politics • public health • education psychology. Our teaching and research is supported by leading facilities such as the Law Clinic and Community Justice Portal.
We also have the following research centres
Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School
This course is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.
Full-time – at least 35 hours a week on average over three years
Part-time – at least 12 hours a week on average for up to seven years
EU and international students wishing to study in their own country can choose the split mode. You register with us and spend some time studying in Sheffield but are mainly based at home.
Various start dates
You critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to your chosen field. You must then present and defend your thesis by oral examination.
We allocate you a supervisory team of two or three research specialists.
You have regular scheduled meetings with your supervisors when you agree targets for written and oral presentation of your research progress. We expect you to present seminar papers on your work and to submit written papers for comment. We also expect you to attend relevant seminars from the appropriate research seminar series.
In addition to your subject-focused research activity, you must complete research training modules, unless you have previously studied these on an appropriate masters degree. Fees for these modules are covered in the full-time fee. Part-time students must pay for these additional modules. Please contact us for further details. During your research leading to your thesis, you work under the guidance of your supervising team.
You submit your research programme for approval by the University’s Research Degrees Committee. Your final assessment is via thesis and viva.
Our research is often applied, which prepares you to tackle issues of immediate relevance to voluntary or statutory agencies. You can go on to find an academic or other research career.
Many people take part-time degrees in collaboration with their current employer.