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Social Sciences - Public Policy, Master

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  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #266 (QS) Hamilton, New Zealand
Explore how national, regional and local state institutions formulate and implement policies when you study Social Sciences - Public Policy at the University of Waikato. You'll also examine how non-profit organisations, individuals and businesses address issues of public concern.
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Overview

Government decisions influence our lives on a daily basis. They affect the price of our housing, clothes, food, transport and water. They determine the types of jobs we do, how much we are paid and where we live.

Studying Social Sciences - Public Policy at the University of Waikato equips you with the skills to understand and interpret current affairs, deal with government in your future profession or business, and work within government or for groups that lobby government. It is particularly suitable for students who want a career in the public sector, and for employees of organisations that are seeking to influence public policies.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Foreign Policy Advisor
  • Health Sector Analyst
  • Māori Development Policy Adviser
  • Policy Analyst and Planner

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Policy Analysis: Theory and Practice
  • Gender, Justice and the Environment
  • Environmental Politics and Public Policy
  • Directed Study
  • Population Health and Equity
  • Comparative Indigenous Criminology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

      1 - 1.5 years

  • Credits
    120 - 180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

  • Birth certificate, passport and permits
  • Evidence of citizenship
  • Evidence of any change of name (if your name is different from that on your birth certificate)
  • A written statement in support of your application, if applicable
  • Evidence of any previous tertiary study
  • Proof that you meet the academic entry requirements (Completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19864 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    4454 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4454 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Fees (Domestic): NZD 6,748 per year
  • Fees (International): NZD 30,095 per year

Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1470 - 2020 NZD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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