Full-time: half year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2021 Semester One – 1 March
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Programme type

Programme overview

This certificate is offered as a qualification to develop advanced skills in social and community leadership and practice, and build your ability to lead and innovate across community, government, not-for-profit and social-good sectors.

If you complete this certificate with a GPA of 5.0 or higher, you can credit the courses passed to the Master of Social and Community Leadership degree, provided that the postgraduate certificate has not been awarded.

Programme structure

Take two 15-point core courses in social and community leadership and leading social innovation, and a 30-point elective course (or two 15-point courses) to complete this 60-point certificate.

You can choose from elective courses across the University in a wide range of topics including policy appraisal and development, community and environmental psychology, programme evaluation, human service management, family counselling, youth development, social justice, health and wellbeing, and managing and developing people.

View the full list of elective courses.

Sample programme structure

Semester 1 30 points

  • Code:
    SOCCLEAD 700
    Leadership: Ethics and Actions
    Compulsory core course
    15 pts
  • Code:
    SOCCLEAD 701
    Leading Social Innovation
    Compulsory core course
    15 pts

Semester 2 30 points

  • Code:
    SOCWORK 718
    Applied Research in Social Services
    Elective course
    15 pts
  • Code:
    MAORIHTH 706
    Māori Health: Policy and Practice
    Elective course
    15 pts

2020 entry requirements

Programme requirements

You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) with at least 60 points (at least 15-20% of your degree) in social science subjects.

Alternatively, you must have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field (such as human services, social work or other social practice) at a recognised university (or similar institution) and have at least two years’ experience in community, government, not-for-profit or social-good sectors.

Further programme requirements

English language requirements

If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency.

You will require an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0. See alternative English language requirements.

Other pathways to study

In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet the above entry requirements, an equivalent qualification or professional experience may be considered. For more information, contact the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

How much does a Postgraduate Certificate in Social and Community Leadership cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$4,199.40 – $4,637.40*
International students

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.06 per point, estimated at $423.60 for full-time study (60 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Summer School 2019
1 December 2018
Semester One 2019
8 December 2018

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your study options, please get in touch with our dedicated postgraduate coordinator:

Postgraduate Taught Coordinator
Email: pgt@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 623 8899 ext. 48732

Where could this programme take you?

There are various career opportunities available based on prior experience, expertise and elective specialisation within the PGCertSCL. Common themes include leadership, programme design, innovation and development, consultation, policy development, social change, community and health development.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Community facilitator and advocate

  • Facilitator/educator
  • Programme designer

  • Social and community coordinator
  • Social innovator/consultant

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