Postgraduate study

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

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.

Subjects

Cultural Anthropology

Criminology

Religious Studies

Sociology

Social Policy

Qualifications

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
  • Religious Studies
  • 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
  • Religious Studies
  • 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
  • Religious Studies
  • 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 Master of Arts 120 points.

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 our School 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 students

Criminology: PhD students

Cultural Anthropology

Religious Studies

Sociology and Social Policy

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

"I love studying Cultural Anthropology at Victoria because of the people I'm surrounded by. The connections I've made with academics, professors, staff and my peers mean that I'm constantly being challenged, encouraged and supported. This allows me to immerse myself in my research, and lean on people when I need it during the stressful times of the year".

"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 Wilson (Criminology)