Research is at the heart of the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences—explore new ideas and challenge old ones, to contribute to a better world.
In the most recent Performance-Based Research Fund evaluation the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences ranked either first or second in New Zealand across 10 humanities and social sciences subject areas.
Our internationally respected researchers regularly publish in national and international journals, and many are leaders in their fields. Postgraduate students are an integral part of the Faculty’s research community.
We place a high value on our research programmes and our staff and postgraduate students have access to a range of internal research grants, and support to secure external research funding. The Faculty’s record of success in attracting outside funding, including from the Marsden Fund, demonstrates the standing of our research.
Wellington is at the centre of New Zealand politics and the home of national archives, museums and libraries. This gives research students valuable opportunities, such as our parliamentary internships, and provides good access to materials and documents for postgraduate research.
Social Sciences at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington fall within several broad subject areas—Applied Linguistics, Criminology, Cultural Anthropology, History, International Relations, Linguistics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Social Policy and Sociology—each with their own research strengths.
The University also offers social science programmes in other subjects such as Development Studies, Economics, Human Geography, Psychology, and Public Policy—you can find out more about these in the Science and Business sections.
The Faculty offers a PhD, a research Master’s degree (MA), and four further Master’s degrees that can include a 60-point research project.
Research across disciplines
The University encourages innovation by thinking beyond traditional subject boundaries. You can take an interdisciplinary approach to your research—combining ideas or methods from other subjects within the Faculty or collaborating with another school outside the Faculty.
All research students have an academic supervisor to guide and mentor them. If you are applying for admission to a research degree, you can start your own search for a supervisor or get in touch with the relevant school's postgraduate coordinator.
The Faculty of Social Sciences is home to, or affiliated with, several specialised research centres associated with social sciences. The centres provide opportunities for research students to work with institutions of national and international standing.
Explore postgraduate subjects
Discover our wide range of specialist subjects for postgraduate study.