Bachelor of Health Sciences - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

Requirements of the Degree Course

Every candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences shall follow a course of study as laid down in these Regulations consisting of not fewer than 360 points (3 EFTS).

Structure of the Degree

To qualify for the Bachelor of Health Sciences:

a candidate must pass courses having a total minimum value of 360 points;
135 points must be from compulsory courses listed in Schedule A to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Health Sciences;
at least 90 points must be from one subject major as listed in Schedule B to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Health Sciences;
remaining points may be taken from additional courses in Schedule B, or from any other degree of the University;
at least 225 of the total points must be for courses above 100-level; and
at least 90 of the total points must be for courses at 300-level.
A candidate satisfying the requirements for two majors may be awarded a double major.
Any given course may contribute to only one major.
Time Limits
The usual period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is three years. Part-time study may be undertaken.
The maximum period for satisfying the reqirements for completion of the BHSc is six years. This period refers to the lapse calendar year starting from the year in which credit was first achieved in the programme.
On application a candidate may be granted an extension of the maximum period for completion where it has been determined that the candidate has an expectation of completing the qualification within a reasonable time period. The period of extension will be specified in each case and the candidate may be required to undertake additional work to comply with current course requirements.
Subject Majors of the Degree
The degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences may be awarded in the following subjects:
  1. Environmental Health,
  2. Health Education,
  3. Māori and Indigenous Health,
  4. Psychology,
  5. Public Health,
  6. Society and Policy.

Note: Students who enrolled in the Physical Activity Promotion major prior to 2017 may complete the degree under the regulations of the year in which they enrolled.

Excessive Load

Candidates who wish to enrol for a course of study whose total points exceed 150 points for a full year or 75 points for a single semester must first obtain the approval of the Dean of Education.

Credit for Other Tertiary Level or Non-University Courses

The Academic Board may grant credit towards the degree from any other tertiary qualification where the content and standard of such study are considered appropriate to the degree. Credit may be specified or unspecified, and will be at an appropriate level. Credit from a completed degree will not exceed a maximum of 120 points. Credit from an incomplete degree, diploma or other tertiary qualification will not exceed 240 points.

  • For students
    To discuss the requirements for your programme of study
    contact a Student Advisor (Liaison website).
  • For staff:
    To request updates to the University Regulations
    refer to the Blue Book (UC staff only) and contact
    your College Academic Manager or
    Academic Services Group
    Phone: +64 3 369 3971 (ext 93971)
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