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Specialise in Social Anthropology for your Postgraduate Diploma in Arts at Massey
The Massey PGDipArts (Social Anthropology) gives you a different perspective on world affairs.
Studying social anthropology develops your understanding of other cultures and ethnic groups. You’ll discover how your way of life is just one of many possible ways of being human. 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.
When you have completed your diploma you may have the opportunity to study for a master’s degree such as a Master of Arts.
A Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Social Anthropology is a good fit if you:
- are considering a Master of Arts (Social Anthropology)
- wish to keep up with current debates in social anthropology
- want to investigate a particular aspect of social anthropology.
Completing an endorsement is compulsory. A Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Social Anthropology) requires 120 credits.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
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Courses you can enrol in
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Course code: 146701 Contemporary Approaches in Anthropological Theory credits 30
A study of current theoretical issues and debates in social anthropology.View full course details
Course code: 146703 The Practice of Anthropology credits 30
A study of the methodological and ethical dimensions of anthropological research.View full course details
Course code: 146707 Reading and Writing Ethnography credits 30
Students in this course will examine contemporary exemplary ethnographies and develop their own ethnographic writing practices.View full course details
Course code: 146708 Anthropology Today: Current Issues credits 30
Based on a close reading of an issue of a contemporary social anthropology journal, students in this course will explore current issues, topics and debates in social anthropology.View full course details
Course code: 146798 Research Report (60) credits 60
Course code: 146799 Research Report (30) credits 30
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Social Anthropology) you will have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in the intended postgraduate subject, or equivalent.
You will need to have achieved a grade average in your bachelor degree that demonstrates an adequate level of preparation for the postgraduate qualification. This normally means that a B- grade average or above is required.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
English language requirements
To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
Fees and scholarships
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
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Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
- Student loans (StudyLink)
- Fees Free
- Student portal
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Careers and job opportunities
The knowledge of human behaviour and interactions you’ll gain from a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (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
- business and industry
- government, diplomacy and policy
- foreign affairs
- overseas aid and development agencies
- health care
- non-profit management
- environmental issues
- museum curation
- art and heritage work
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
Related study options
Social Anthropology – Graduate Certificate in Arts
Get a better understanding of the world. With Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Social Anthropology), you can study social anthropology without completing a second bachelor’s degree.
Social Anthropology – Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
With Massey’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Social Anthropology) you can take your undergraduate study of social anthropology further.
Social Anthropology – Bachelor of Arts
See the world through fresh eyes. Get a unique perspective on the world, global culture, and society through the Bachelor of Arts (Social Anthropology).
Social Anthropology – Diploma in Arts
Study the relationship between human beings and culture with Massey’s Diploma in Arts (Social Anthropology).
Social Anthropology – Master of Arts
Immerse yourself in another world. With Massey’s Master of Arts (Social Anthropology) you can build on your undergraduate study and complete advanced research of an aspect of social anthropology that interests you.
Social Anthropology – Graduate Diploma in Arts
Get a better understanding of the world with Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Arts (Social Anthropology). Gain the equivalent of an undergraduate major in social anthropology without completing a second bachelor’s degree.
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Key information for students
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