2 years
Feb Jul
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 29,699
NZD 44,500
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Master of Social Practice helps advanced social practitioners develop an understanding of the relationships between contemporary perspectives on social practice in New Zealand, theories of power and culture, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Advance your critical analysis skills, learn to write articles for publication in academic journals, and increase your awareness of critical issues and debates in social work. You also explore a range of research methodologies. Highlights include:

  • Ongoing professional development for advanced practitioners who need to make informed, ethical and integrated responses to the complex situations they encounter. You should have a thorough grounding in your professional discipline.
  • Suitable for qualified and experienced practitioners in social work, counselling, community development, nursing, teaching and other disciplines.
  • Focus on research: as part of the programme, you complete either a 120-credit or a 90-credit research thesis on a topic of your interest.
  • Reflective and collaborative learning, drawing on your professional experience.
  • Emphasis on social justice.
  • Highly qualified staff who often have active roles in community and national organisations.
  • Block courses: most courses will be delivered over four two-day blocks (on Fridays and Saturdays).

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
      • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
      • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
    • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.