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Economics in action. Take your career to the next level with a qualification from Victoria's Professional Economics programme. Develop an economic toolbox that you can use to address 'real-world' problems. Read more

Economics in action

Take your career to the next level with a qualification from Victoria's Professional Economics programme. Develop an economic toolbox that you can use to address 'real-world' problems. This respected programme will equip you with decision-making skills that are based on a solid understanding of economic principles.

Economics under the microscope

Examine the intricacies of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. Study market structures, the implications of government interventions in the economy and different economic theories in relation to growth, development and stability. Explore how policy influences economic decisions.

In demand

There is a real demand for skilled professional economists who are able to engage in rigorous economic analysis. To fill this need, the programme has been developed in close consultation with leading professional economists from the Government Economics Network, the New Zealand Association of Economists, bank economists and other industry experts.

Qualification family structure

The MPE is part of a tiered family of qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Economics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Economics
  • Master of Professional Economics

Choose the qualification that suits your career goals, time constraints and financial situation.Staircasing allows movement in both directions—if you start with the Certificate or Diploma, you can apply to transfer to the Master’s degree at a later stage.

Both your performance in the programme and your professional work experience will be taken into account when assessing your application for transfer.

If you enrol in the Master's but can't complete it, for whatever reason, you may have enough points to be awarded the Certificate or Diploma.

View a diagram of the MPE qualifications staircase.

What you'll study

The Professional Economics qualifications are all about the principles, practice and application of economics to policy and business issues in a professional context. They are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the world of professional economics.

Depending on your choice of qualification you'll do either three courses for the Certificate or six courses for the Diploma. If you choose to study for the Master's you'll need to do nine courses.

Find out more about the courses you can study.

How you'll learn

You'll learn through block format for some courses, and in weekly lectures for the others. The block courses are held close together to give you the flexibility to continue working while you study and to keep transport costs down.

You have to attend all sessions, which can fall on weekdays, weekends and occasionally on public holidays. Each block course is different and may be delivered as a set of four or five one-day sessions or two two-and-a-half-day sessions. You'll need to do your reading, assignments and tutorials between the sessions in your own time.

As well as attending formal lectures and computer lab sessions, running simulations and taking tests, you'll have networking opportunities through visiting speakers, group discussions and workshops.

Workload

Part-time students doing one course a trimester will need to do around 12–14 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full time. If you are studying full time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

The Professional Economics Programme Director is happy to work with you to plan a programme of study that meets your goals and interests. Many students' demanding professional lives mean they choose to study part time and only do one or two courses at a time.

Duration

The Professional Economics courses take about 12–14 hours study per week each.

The Master’s degree will take you a minimum of 12 months to complete and a maximum of six years. Most part-time students do one course per trimester, and complete their degree within three years. The maximum duration gives you flexibility to fit study with your work and life.

You have a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years to complete the Postgraduate Diploma.

For the Postgraduate Certificate, your minimum completion time is one trimester and your maximum is two years.

Courses generally run in a cycle of 12–24 months, depending on the topic. This means that core courses will run each year, while more specialist courses may run every second year.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. And studying alongside working professionals will give you a good insight into the demands of the industry.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.

You'll have opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions.You'll also have access to the the postgraduate student workspace on the 2nd floor of Rutherford House—make use of the spacious computer lab, meeting rooms, printer and small kitchen.

Careers

With the executive skills you'll gain you might find work in central or local government as a policy analyst, adviser, planner or regulator. Or you could work as an economist or analyst in a bank or other financial institution, in a multinational company or international organisation or trade body.

You might work as an economic or management consultant, or an advocate for industry groups, or as a media researcher or presenter.

Elective courses from other postgraduate programmes such as the Master of Applied Finance (MAF), Master of Business Administration (MBA), or Master of Public Policy (MPP) programmes may be included in your professional economics programme to open up even further career possibilities.



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In today's increasingly complex and unpredictable world we need more thinkers who can grasp the dynamics of politics and society—people who can help create stronger and more effective government. Read more

In today's increasingly complex and unpredictable world we need more thinkers who can grasp the dynamics of politics and society—people who can help create stronger and more effective government.

The one-year 180-point Master of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (MPPE) combines three complementary disciplines to give you a broad understanding of the world and social decision-making. Study the only postgraduate programme of its kind in New Zealand, and get a head start in your career in politics, government or the public service.

Learning across disciplines

Studying philosophy will develop your skills in logical reasoning and knowledge of ethics. Economics will teach you what drives people and organisations to make the decisions they do and the effect those choices have. And politics will give you a knowledge of political institutions and processes, and the impact they have on society. Combining these disciplines will give you a well-rounded range of practical and theoretical skills relevant to government.

From the vantage point of New Zealand’s capital city, you'll learn to critically examine concepts around politics, liberty and justice, and study the principles of micro- and macro-economics, and global governance and finance.

Through your Master's study, you'll become skilled in oral and written communication and learn to apply critical and reflective thinking, logic and persuasion to solve problems.

Research and internship

Your studies will build towards completing your own independent research project. Examine an area of interest under supervision from world-class academics.

You'll also have the opportunity to complete an internship that will build on what you have learnt. You'll be placed in a workplace such as a government ministry or other agency where you'll gain real-world experience and valuable insights into the workings of government.

International connections

Take advantage of Victoria's connections around the world including the opportunity to apply for a US congressional internship once you graduate.

How you’ll learn

You'll study for your MPPE in two parts. In Part 1 you'll complete the 30-point core course Philosophy, Politics and Economics MPPE 401, and a further five courses from the individual disciplines.

In Part 2 you'll do a 30-point research project that builds on what you've studied in Part 1. You'll also complete a 160-hour internship in a relevant workplace so you can begin to put your skills and knowledge into practice.

Most of your courses will be taught through 12 two-hour seminars. For your research project you'll meet with your supervisor for one to two hours each week.

If you only complete Part 1 of the programme, you may be able to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.

Duration and workload

You'll study for your MPPE over three trimesters, or one calendar year. If you're studying part time, you're likely to take two years, and must complete the degree within three years of enrolling.

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.



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Take your Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma to the next level with a Master of Commerce (MCom). You'll take an in-depth look at an issue through completing a research thesis, gaining advanced knowledge of your subject area and thorough training in independent research. Read more

Take your Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma to the next level with a Master of Commerce (MCom). You'll take an in-depth look at an issue through completing a research thesis, gaining advanced knowledge of your subject area and thorough training in independent research.

Once complete, you'll have the tools and capabilities you need for a career in business or public policy. You'll also be able to apply for PhD study in New Zealand or overseas.

This 120-point programme will take you 12 months to complete full time, or one and a half to two years part time. You must take at least 90 points of research. This means you'll complete a research thesis made up of a literature review, data collection and analysis, and your findings. A thesis is usually 30,000–40,000 words.

Available subjects

Workload

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20–24 hours of work a week so make sure you take this into account if you are working.

Further study

At the end of your Master's you can choose to continue your research and apply to do a PhD.



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Make the move into higher-level study with a degree that combines the variety and structure of classroom-based courses with opportunities for research. Read more

Make the move into higher-level study with a degree that combines the variety and structure of classroom-based courses with opportunities for research.

You'll be able to expand your expertise in one of nine subjects while taking advantage of the flexibility to study courses across a range of commerce disciplines.

Build on your Bachelor's degree to enhance your career options in business, management and government with advanced study at Victoria Business School.

International recognition

Victoria Business School is among a small group of business schools worldwide that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international business education accreditations. You can be confident your qualification will stand up against the best around the world.

Find out more about university accreditations and what they mean for you.

Available subjects

Workload

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 24–28 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full time.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

Duration

This 180-point programme will take you three to four trimesters of full-time study. If you’re studying part time it usually takes six trimesters.



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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. Read more

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.

Industry Connections

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.

Career opportunities

  • Clinical or Community Psychologist
  • Coastal Resource Officer
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Community Health Administrator
  • Counsellor
  • Demographer
  • Economist
  • Educator (Primary, Secondary or Tertiary Sector)
  • Environmental Planner
  • Hazards and Emergency Management Officer
  • Human Resources Advisor
  • Industrial Relations Advocate
  • Journalist
  • Policy Analyst
  • PR Consultant
  • Research Executive
  • Social Services Manager
  • Tourism Consultant
  • Union Organiser

Subjects

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.



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