Qualifications & courses

UC has a diverse range of study options offering over 100 qualifications in more than 80 different subject areas. 

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Subjects

Learn more about the 85 subjects offered at UC using our A to Z of subjects.

University terms explained

See our university terms explained guide to get a quick explaination for some words commonly used on the UC website.

Study advice and planning

Get help with study advice and planning. UC is here to help you make an informed decision about what qualification might be right for you, or which courses to take. 

Preparatory programmes

If you left school with few or no qualifications, or if you lack the English language requirements to qualify for admission, UC has preparatory programmes to help you take the first step towards a degree level qualification.

STAR

If you are a High School student anywhere in New Zealand you can become a STAR student and enrol in first-year degree-level courses while you are in Year 12 or 13. Courses are offered on-campus or by distance. Some courses are offered both on campus and by distance. In 2014 there have been over 200 STAR students enrolled from 57 High Schools around New Zealand.

Find out more about STAR.

UC transition to study programme for first year students

UC Pathways combines learning and life skills to help first year students transition to University study. You will develop the essential skills you need to succeed at University while enjoying an enhanced student experience. This can be studied concurrently with your usual programme of study.

Find out more about UC Pathways.

Bachelor's degrees

UC’s Bachelor's degrees equip you to solve the problems of the future. Whether you already have your career path mapped out, or are open to new possibilities, you will be able to find an undergraduate degree to suit your interests and goals.

Undergraduate certificates and diplomas

If you aren't sure if you want to commit to a degree, but have a specific interest you want to learn more about then undergraduate certificates and diplomas could be a great option for you. 

Graduate certificates and diplomas

If you’ve completed a bachelor’s degree Graduate certificates and diplomas may be for you. Graduate degrees can serve to increase the value of your undergraduate degree in the job market or be a first step to a new career.

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are often undertaken by practitioners looking for professional development. The short period of study allows you to gain additional skills and a recognised qualification without a long term commitment.

Honours degrees

If you’re passionate about a particular subject, completing an honours degree brings you the opportunity to go deeper with a personalised study programme. Most Honour's programmes comprise courses in one subject, though most programmes give you the option of including one to two courses from another subject.

Master's degrees

Master's degrees are a way of advancing your understanding and skill in your undergraduate major, or, in some cases, a new area of study. A master's degree builds on the general skills acquired in an undergraduate degree.

PhDs and Doctoral degrees

Perhaps you have a burning intellectual curiosity about something, want to advance your career or even change career direction and increase your employability and earning capacity. Find out more about PhDs and Doctoral degrees.

Certificate of Proficiency

If you want to complete an individual course or courses but not a full qualification, you may apply for a Certificate of Proficiency.