Master of Science in Society

Victoria University of Wellington

Subject area

Natural and Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified



1.5 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Graduates will demonstrate a specialised understanding of the central concepts, theories, issues and debates related to the role of science in society. They will demonstrate insight into, and respect for, multiple and sometimes conflicting perspectives on science. They will be able to analyse, critique and reflect on science and science engagement processes; communicate clearly and effectively about science and the science sector orally and through written and visual media; work collaboratively; and manage resources and time on self-directed projects. Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of fields, including science communication, science media, science policy, science-related advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and science management, for private, public and non-governmental science-sector employers. Graduates with very good grades may be able to progress to a PhD.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

A bachelor s degree or equivalent qualification in a science subject, completed with a B+ average grade or higher.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


1.5 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$8,902 $13,353
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$10,716 $16,074
Total $19,618 $29,427

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $53,328
Earnings range $40,664 - $61,536
In employment 67%
In further study 27%
On a benefit 1%

All KIS information is the most recent data available and relates to domestic students only.

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 842 864
Phone: (04) 472 1000
Fax: (04) 499 4601

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Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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