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Specialise in Sociology for your Postgraduate Diploma in Arts at Massey
Sociology is about understanding and describing our local society and its global setting. Sociologists are interested in almost all aspects of the social world and in your Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) you’ll consider questions such as:
- how is society structured?
- how is society changing?
- what divides or unites social groups?
- what causes the inequalities we see in society?
- how does power operate?
With a Massey Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) you’ll ask challenging questions about how power structures function in the social world. You’ll study culture, ethnicity, class, inequality, gender, mass media, politics, environment, social change and individual and group interactions.
This qualification offers a pathway to Massey’s master’s qualifications such as the Master of Arts.
A Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Sociology is a good fit if you:
- want to stand out in a crowded marketplace
- are keen to follow your intellectual curiosity and develop your research skills
- would like to investigate an issue in sociology through independent, supervised research.
Completing an endorsement is compulsory. A Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) 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: 176701 Current Issues and Theories credits 30
An examination of key concepts, theories and debates in contemporary social theory.View full course details
Course code: 176702 Advanced Social Inquiry credits 30
An advanced study of methodological issues pertinent to social research. The course is designed to assist the planning of postgraduate theses and reports.View full course details
Course code: 176704 Working Sociologically: An Advanced Practicum credits 30
An advanced course in the practical application of social science knowledge to real world challenges faced by social and governmental agencies and organisations.View full course details
Course code: 176718 Environmental Sociology credits 30
An exploration of the interrelations between society and the environment, with an examination of major contemporary environmental issues from a sociological point of view. Among the major issues covered are consumerism, population growth, resource limits, development, political conflicts, environmental groups and environmental values.View full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) 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
Your Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) will give you the knowledge and competencies you need to start your career as a policy analyst, researcher or community development organiser. You‘ll learn a range of intellectual and practical skills that will stand you in good stead in the job market.
Loads of career options
This qualification opens up a world of opportunities to be involved in influencing a broad number of social issue outcomes such as healthy housing, youth development, Māori wellbeing, health promotion, or gender analysis of policy. You’ll approach this not only from the perspective of government and local-body policy, but also from the viewpoints of local communities and community organisations.
You’ll learn to apply your critical sociology analysis skills to a number of decision-making scenarios, for better social outcomes. This could take many forms including policy development, project planning, legal submissions or strategic organisational management.
You could work in areas such as:
- project management
- charitable trusts
- social marketing
- teaching and lecturing
- policy analysis - public, private and third sector (non-government organisations, public-private partnerships, not-for-profit, voluntary and charity organisations)
- youth development
- community development
- government agencies - local, regional and central
- non government organisations (NGOs) - housing, Māori land trusts, health service providers, disability advocacy and support, youth development.
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.
Accreditations and rankings
QS Ranking - Sociology
Massey is ranked in the world's top 300 universities for sociology by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
Related study options
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Sociology – Bachelor of Arts
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Sociology – Diploma in Arts
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Sociology – Master of Arts
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Sociology – Graduate Diploma in Arts
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Useful planning information
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