Master of Arts (Social Anthropology)

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Immerse yourself in another world

With Massey’s Master of Arts (Social Anthropology) you’ll develop your interests from your undergraduate degree.

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What is it like?

The Massey MA (Social Anthropology) gives you a different perspective on world affairs. Studying social anthropology develops your understanding of other cultures and ethnic groups, and shows you how your way of life is just one of many possible ways of being human. You’ll learn to challenge your existing beliefs and put yourself in others’ shoes.

Follow your passion

Take an issue in social anthropology that grabbed your attention as an undergraduate student and develop it fully through independent study.

Get into the field

Discover how anthropologists study cultural differences through fieldwork that examines societies across the globe, from hunter-gatherers to industrial nation-states. Massey staff and students are researching in Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Africa and New Zealand, and you could join them.

Complete your MA in three semesters 

Massey’s Master of Arts is 180 credits. This means you can complete an MA in three semesters of full-time study. If you study part-time, an MA will normally take three years to complete.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in social anthropology
  • Wish to keep up with current debates in social anthropology
  • Want to investigate an issue in social anthropology through a research report or thesis

Careers

The knowledge of human behaviour and interactions you’ll gain from an MA (Social Anthropology) will be useful in almost any career path, anywhere in the world. Popular career destinations for social anthropology graduates include:

  • Human rights and social justice
  • Social work
  • Social and commercial research
  • Education
  • Business and industry
  • Government, diplomacy and policy
  • Foreign affairs
  • Overseas aid and development agencies
  • Health care
  • Non-profit management
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Environmental issues
  • Museum curation
  • Art and heritage work
  • Tourism 
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