Qualification group

Bachelor's degrees

Overview

Flexible yet focused, UC’s bachelor's degree qualifications 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 can tailor your studies to suit your interests and goals.

You can focus on a particular career from day one, or follow new and exciting options as you discover them. Some qualifications are specialised, with most of your first-year courses already set into a programme, such as the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours or Bachelor of Laws

Others allow much more flexibility, and even give you the chance to choose majors from other programmes, such as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce. This means you can study diverse combinations of subjects and still complete your degree in three years.

As well as bachelor's degrees, UC also offers a number of undergraduate certificates and diplomas.

Entry requirements

Entry for bachelor's degrees require University Entrance to gain admission to UC. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Find out how to apply for undergraduate qualifications

Some bachelor's degrees have additional requirements. Check the details of your selected degree and courses to make sure you meet these.

Qualification options

There are a number of bachelor's degrees on offer at the University of Canterbury:

Subjects

A bachelor's degree will allow you to study across a broad range of subjects. A subject is a particular area of study that the University offers courses in, eg English, French or Geology.

Browse subjects to explore your study options so you can get an idea of everything that is on offer.

Major subjects

Studying towards a bachelor's degree, you'll develop a deep understanding of a particular study area from first to final year. This core subject area is called your 'major'. With nearly 100 major subjects to choose from at undergraduate level, you can select a major that fits with your career aspirations and allows you to develop in-depth knowledge. 

For some degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Health Sciences or Bachelor of Science you can also choose to do a double major and specialise in two subjects. This will not increase your workload or the length of your degree. Provided you meet the requirements for both majors at the end of the first year, you can decide whether you want to continue and take a double major, or whether you want to focus on one subject and take the other as a ‘minor’. 

Some bachelor's degrees have specific course requirements for majors and minors; visit the University Regulations website or contact the relevant college for more details.

Courses

Courses are blocks of work that are usually taught over one semester. When you pass a course, you gain points usually 15 or 30 points per course. Every course you pass adds points to the total required for your degree. First-year students usually only take 100-level courses, although there are some exceptions. Other universities sometimes refer to courses as ‘papers’.

Course codes

Each course has a code of four letters and three numbers. The letters show the subject and the numbers show the level. For example, MATH101 is a Mathematics course at 100-level and ENGL201 is an English course at 200-level.

Electives

Along with taking courses that will go towards your major or minors, you can also take courses in other subjects you are interested in. These are often called electives.

Course prerequisites

You usually have to pass certain courses in a subject – called prerequisites – before you can continue on to 200-level courses in your second year.

Duration

Your first degree is called a bachelor’s degree and usually takes three or four years of full-time study to complete. Typically, three year degrees require 360 points of study. Four year bachelor’s degrees, such as the Bachelor of Forestry Science, typically require 480 points of study.

Semesters

The year is divided into three semesters — the first from March to July, the second from July to October and the summer semester from November to February. A course usually takes one semester to complete.

Further study

Successfully completing an undergraduate degree will allow you to continue on to a wide range of graduate and postgraduate qualifications such as:

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