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Programme overview

Develop your ability to work in cross-sector and complex environments within the cultural contexts of New Zealand, and advance your decision-making, problem-solving and research skills. Extend your knowledge in a specialist area of social practice and enhance your career prospects while adding value to your organisation, community and beyond.

Highlights

  • Designed for professionals from various disciplines, including social work, counselling, community development, nursing and teaching.
  • Advance your practice and contribute to your profession by completing work-relevant research and projects as part of your studies.
  • Courses include Contemporary Issues in Community Engagement, New Zealand Social Policy and Human Rights and Social Justice.
  • Ideal for those with practice-based skills who want to develop their management or workforce development competencies.
  • Taught by highly experienced lecturers with roles in community and national organisations.
  • Graduates will likely find higher-level social practice roles or progress to further study.
  • Informed by the ‘Kaupapa Maori’ philosophy, which places community engagement and understanding at the heart of research.
  • Flexibility: choose full- or part-time study to fit in with your professional practice.
  • Study at our Waitakere and/or Mt Albert campuses depending on your chosen courses.

About our Applied Practice qualifications

At Unitec, we value your experience and are interested in helping you develop your practice and profession. If you are a practitioner who is interested undertaking a work-based project and/or research there is very likely to be an Applied Practice postgraduate programme for you.

Please note: These programmes are designed for practitioners in work as we do not provide work placements. If you choose to study full-time (e.g. if you are an international student) your study will likely relate to your current practice. You will have an opportunity to discuss this during your application interview.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A Bachelor’s degree or Level 7 Graduate Diploma in the same or similar discipline
2. Demonstrate an ability to succeed in the programme by providing evidence of successful outcomes you’ve achieved in a work environment
3. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
4. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Applied Practice in Context (CISC8000) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically examine and contextualise practice and develop a critical understanding of how indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness, society, ethics, environment and law inform practice.
Research and Community-Informed Practice (CISC8001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop the student to be able to critically examine and evaluate a body of literature in relation to a practice/work-based issue to arrive at a relevant and informed research question(s) and to contextualise and understand the relevance of this question to practice and the wider community
Research Question (CISC8002) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Enable a student to engage industry and community relevant to discipline and then begin to create feasible and well-defined research questions as well as determine the most appropriate research method or range of methods to address these research questions.
Leadership in Practice (CISC8004) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop students ability to critically examine and apply a range of leadership principles and practice.
CoursesCreditsAim
Professional Practice (CISC8003) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to develop and apply a critical perspective on professionalisation and professional practice, within political, social, institutional, legal and ethical structures and systems.
Aotearoa-New Zealand Social Policy (CISC8005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Situates Aotearoa- New Zealand social policy in historical and current contexts and applies contemporary solutions to professional practice.
Contemporary Issues in Community Engagement (CISC8006) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The develop the student to be able to critically compare and analyse contemporary theories and their practical applications in community engagement practice.
Human Rights and Social Justice (CISC8007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Enable the student to critically examine, analyse and discuss, social, cultural and legal concepts of social justice and human rights in Aotearoa-New Zealand and in a global context. To develop a students ability to critique a human-rights-based approach to professional practice in relation to social justice in New Zealand.
Review of Learning (HUBC8000) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop in the student/practitioner the ability to conduct a rigourous professional review through reflective practice that is consistent with the capabilities of an advanced practitioner: specifically the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to evaluate informal and non-formal professional learning against the requirements of postgraduate study within the Applied Practice programmes.
CoursesCreditsAim
Research Project (CISC9045) 45 credits (0.375 EFTS)To enable students to undertake a consultation project that identifies knowledge gaps and significant challenges faced by communities, professional bodies and/or industry; and to identify future priorities through robust and authentic engagement with appropriate communities, professional bodies and/or industries.
Research Dissertation (CISC9060) 0.0 credits (0 EFTS)To develop a student’s ability to undertake a dissertation or relevant output probably work-based, and will provide an opportunity for collaboration.
Research Dissertation - Enrolment (CISC9060ENR) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop a student’s ability to undertake a dissertation or relevant output probably work-based, and will provide an opportunity for collaboration.
Research Thesis- Enrolment (CISC9090ENR) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop a student’s ability to undertake a thesis or relevant output probably work-based, and will provide an opportunity for collaboration.
Research Thesis (Extended) - Enrolment (CISC9120ENR) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop a student’s ability to undertake a thesis or relevant output probably work-based, and will provide an opportunity for collaboration.

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The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

The statistical results below are a summary for:

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A relevant degree or Level 7 graduate diploma with proof of work plus English language requirements. Special admission is also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

2 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $4,240$8,480
Government tuition subsidy: $5,623$11,246
Total:$9,863$19,726

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

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Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.