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Humanities & Law

Anthropology - MA/MSocSc

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.

Program facts

  • Program type
  • Duration
    18 months
  • Tuition fees per year
    30,095 NZD
  • Language taught in
  • Start date
    February, July

Program Overview

What the University of Waikato says about their program:
"Anthropology is the study of humanity in all its fantastic diversity. Waikato's Anthropology students learn from anthropologists who have a strong Pacific focus and engage in research across a wide range of crucial global issues."

Admissions requirements

As an international student studying at undergraduate level, you are required to meet English language and academic entry requirements.

All UG programs except (LLB, BSW and Teaching)

  • IELTS 6.0 (no band below 5.5)
  • TOEFL 80 (writing 21)
  • PTE Academic 50 (no communicative skills below 42)

LLB Program

  • IELTS 6.5 (no band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL 90 (writing 21)
  • PTE Academic 58 (no communicative skills below 50)

BSW Program

  • IELTS 6.5 (no band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL 85 (writing 22)

PG programs (LLD, SJD, MBA require higher scores)

  • IETLS 6.5 (no band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL 90 (writing 21)
  • PTE Academic 58 (no communicative skills below 50)

English Language Program - if students don't have the right scores, they will receive a conditional offer to take the 10 weeks in English.

Cost - $5,000 (10 weeks)


  • Studied Bachelors in English in an English speaking country, can be waived.
  • High school with English qualifications

Undergraduate entry requirements

If you are seeking entrance with an overseas qualification we provide equivalent entry qualifications for many countries.

Postgraduate entry requirements

A recognized bachelor's degree with a B/B+ average and a B/B+ average in a relevant subject is required.

Some Faculties/Schools require an honors degree (to demonstrate research capacity). Where the above requirements are not met, further study in a lower level program may be required first.

  • Semester A (February) - deadline ongoing
  • Semester B (July) - deadline ongoing

As long as students have documents ready and get their visas to process on time

Fees and funding

Studying overseas can be expensive, so to help you fund your tuition costs at The University of Waikato, they offer several scholarships and bursaries available for international students. Some require an application while others are applied automatically.

University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship

Closing date: 15 Sep 2019

For talented international students who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and the potential to become global ambassadors for the University of Waikato. Applicants must be intending to enrol at the University of Waikato for the first time in either an undergraduate or postgraduate

University of Waikato International Excellence – NZ School Leavers Scholarship

Closing date: 15 Jan 2020

For international students completing Year 13 at a NZ high school in 2019 and intending to enrol full-time in an undergraduate degree at UoW in A Semester 2020. Applicants must achieve at least NCEA Level 3 with Merit (or equivalent). Applicants must have received a Conditional or Unconditional Offer of Place from UoW by the Scholarship closing date in order to be eligible for consideration.

University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship

Closing date: 31 May 2019

When students apply to enrol in a PhD, DMA, EdD or SJD they will be asked to indicate whether they wish to be considered for a UoW Doctoral Scholarship on the Application to Enrol form. Applications will be considered in three rounds a year: 31 January, 31 May and 30 September.

University of Waikato Research master's Scholarship

Closing date: 30 Apr 2019

For students intending to enrol full-time in a 500-level thesis of 90 points or more as part of their first master's degree at the University of Waikato. International students must have completed at least 120 points of study at a New Zealand university in order to be eligible for this Scholarship.

Visa requirements for University of Waikato

Many international students will require a visa to study in New Zealand, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

New Zealand student visa requirements