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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Take your study of sociology to the next level

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) you can build on your undergraduate interests

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities for sociology by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

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.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in postgraduate study
  • 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


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 opportunity to be involved in influencing a broad number of social issue outcomes such as healthy housing, youth development, Maori 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 perspectives 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:

  • Research
  • Communications
  • Project management
  • Governance
  • Charitable trusts
  • Social marketing
  • Journalism
  • Advocacy
  • 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
  • Politics
  • Government agencies - local, regional and central
  • NGOs - housing, Maori land trusts, health service providers, disability advocacy and support, youth development

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