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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Social Policy)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning

Take your social policy study to the next level

With Massey’s Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Social Policy) you can take your undergraduate study of social policy further.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) parent structure.

What is it like?

With Massey’s BA Honours (Social Policy) you can build on your undergraduate degree and further investigate issues in social policy that have taken your interest. Take a topic that captured your imagination as an undergraduate student in social policy and develop it fully through independent study.

Get understanding and insight

Gain an understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural factors that influence the development, implementation and evaluation of social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. You’ll study law, politics and the roles of central and local Government in a democratic society. This will give you insights into the relationships between the state, judiciary, legal system, political parties and public in shaping legislation and developing policy.

Apply your skills

Learn to apply your critical social policy analysis skills to a number of decision-making scenarios to result in better social outcomes. This could take many forms including a policy, project plan, submission or even the strategic direction of an organisation.

A good fit if you:

  • Were a high-achieving undergraduate
  • Are interested in going on to postgraduate study
  • Want to stand out in a crowded marketplace
  • Are fascinated by how and why power, resources and opportunities are distributed within society
  • Want to take an issue in social policy and investigate it fully through independent supervised research


Your BA Honours (Social Policy) will give you the knowledge and competencies you need to start your career as a policy analyst or researcher. You’ll learn a range of intellectual and practical skills that will stand you in good stead in the job market.

This qualification opens up a world of opportunities to influence a broad number of social issue outcomes such as healthy housing, youth development, Māori wellbeing, health promotion or gender analysis of policy. This could be from a Government-down position, or an individual-, community- or society-up perspective.

You could work in areas such as:

  • Research
  • Communications
  • Project management
  • Governance
  • Charitable trusts
  • Social marketing
  • Journalism (critical analysis of social issues)
  • Advocacy
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Policy analysis - public, private and third sector
  • Youth development
  • Community development
  • Politics
  • Government agencies - local, regional and central
  • Non Government Organisations

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