Postgraduate study

The School of Social and Cultural Studies offers a range of postgraduate qualifications, including diplomas, Honours, Master’s and PhD programmes.

Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

SACS Postgraduate

Overview

Within our programmes we strive to create a vibrant research culture through frequent interactions between staff and students as well as supporting the Postgraduate community by way of seminars, reading groups, information sessions and social functions.

Graduate Diploma in Arts

A Graduate Diploma in Arts can be undertaken by graduates who want to extend their knowledge into areas outside of their undergraduate degree or who do not have the necessary prerequisites for entry into an Honours programme. Our school offers a GDipArts in the following subject areas:

  • Criminology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Sociology

For further information on the requirements and application process, please refer to GDipArts on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' website or contact the relevant Postgraduate Coordinator.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts 

The PGDipArts is intended for students eligible to study at 400 level, but not wishing to undertake the research component required for a BA(Hons). Our school offers a PGDipArts in the following subject areas:

  • Criminology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Sociology

Entry to the PGDipArts requires the same average grade as for a Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

For further information refer to the Postgraduate Diploma of Arts.

Bachelor of Arts with Honours

An Honours degree is a one-year, full-time (or two year, part-time) programme of course work (120 points of course work at 400-level) undertaken after completion of a bachelor's degree or a Graduate Diploma in Arts in the relevant subject area. An Honours degree is suited for well-qualified graduates (those with a B average in the majoring subject) and who have a strong academic interest in further and more detailed study of a particular subject.

Our School offers the BA(Hons) in the following major subject areas:

  • Criminology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Sociology

All Honours students in Criminology and Sociology are required to include in their programme a research essay (CRIM 489, SOSC 489).

For further information refer to the Bachelor of Arts with Honours or contact the relevant Postgraduate Coordinators.

Master of Arts

The MA consists of a satisfactory thesis and can be taken in any of our subject areas. Applicants must have completed a BA(Hons) degree in the relevant subject area or in an approved other discipline. Entry is usually restricted to those students awarded a first or second division, first class Honours degree although applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

For further information on the requirements and application process, please refer to the MA page on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' website.

Proposals will need to be approved by the programme staff and reviewed by the School's research committee.

Doctor of Philosophy

Supervision of research for a PhD is offered in all our subject areas with the Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) providing the first port of call for all students interested in enrolling in a PhD at Victoria. Before you apply for admission, you may make contact with a potential supervisor, although it is not compulsory.

For further information on the requirements and application process, please refer to the PhD page on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' website.

Proposals will need to be approved by the programme staff and reviewed by the School's research committee.

Postgraduate Coordinators

If you are interested in undertaking postgraduate study in our school, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Postgraduate Coordinator:

Criminology: MA and PhD students

Cultural Anthropology

Sociology and Social Policy

Here is what some of our Postgraduates enjoy about studying with us

I find the writing up seminar is a great opportunity to discuss work in progress with other postgrads and socialise. I was the first presenter with an article I wanted to submit to a journal and although it was a bit scary to put my work out there, I got lots of constructive feedback.
Tanja (Cultural Anthropology)
I like studying in the School of Social and Cultural Studies because both the students and the staff are friendly and approachable. It's an environment where you feel welcome and respected by people working in diverse, interesting areas.
Josh (Sociology)
The School of Social and Cultural Studies provides a supportive and friendly study environment. Having the opportunity to attend seminars, social events, and gain tutoring experience has been valuable and has enriched my postgraduate experience.
Morgan (Sociology)
I enjoy studying criminology in the School of Social and Cultural Studies.  The School has given me the opportunity to carry out systematic research into  my area of interest -  Social Exclusion and Problematic Drug Use. The Schools Librarian has also allowed me to obtain relevant social statistics and demographics from through-out New Zealand.
Murray (Criminology)