Qualifications and courses in Science

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The College of Science offers a large range of qualifications in science and communication disorders at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Undergraduate qualifications

The College of Science offers two undergraduate or first degrees:

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) will extend your knowledge of science and encourage a questioning mind and innovation. With science and technology being integral parts of New Zealand's economic future, there will be plenty of exciting jobs available when you finish your studies.

Choosing your subjects in Science

Science students can choose their major subjects to fit their interests or intended career path and still ensure they receive a broad science education. Some departments recommend having studied certain subjects at school. You can check that information here: Best Preparation for a BSc/BSLP(Hons) (pdf 57KB).

In the first year it is the best year to study a variety of subjects. As students must specialise in at least one science subject, they are advised to take courses which enable them to advance, and even major, in more than one subject area.

In addition to meeting the requirements of subject major, the degree of Bachelor of Science may be endorsed in the following subjects:

Full details of the courses required to complete an endorsement.

If you have a degree and want to do another major talk to our advisor about your options, including the Graduate Diploma in Science.

Postgraduate qualifications

UC scientists are involved in internationally ground-breaking research. We are designing and building components for the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, discovering new ways to combat super bugs and treat cataracts, developing new non-invasive diagnostic techniques and we have ring lasers located in caves under the Port Hills to measure the earth's rotation. You can be part of this by undertaking postgraduate research at UC. There are plenty of options for you to choose from and most qualifications allow you to study part-time.

2017 Science handbook

What skills will I develop?

Full degree regulations

Refer to the University of Canterbury Calendar for detailed information on the individual degree regulations. Information is also available on the individual Departmental/School websites.

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