Qualification

Double degrees

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Overview

Working towards two degrees at the same time means you may complete some combinations in four or five years. You will graduate with two different bachelor degrees, giving you career flexibility and different opportunities. For those who have interests in diverse areas, a concurrent or double degree can broaden your skill set, provide complementary and enhanced knowledge and give you the flexibility to work in a number of different disciplines and industries when you graduate. 

Careful course planning is necessary when you are planning on studying two degrees concurrently, to avoid overload and to ensure all the requirements for each degree are met. Contact a Student Advisor in each relevant College or School.

Qualification structure and duration

Double degrees

You may enrol in two degrees and cross-credit (share) courses in common up to a maximum of 120 points. Certain combinations of degrees do allow additional cross-credits or exemptions.

If you are interested in studying two degrees at the same time or consecutively you should seek advice from each relevant College or School. For the full requirements for each undergraduate degree see UC regulations.

General degree combinations

Common general degree combinations are:

Law degree combinations

Common Bachelor of Laws combinations are: 

The combination of a Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of Commerce is a particularly popular option if you want to pursue a career in business or management.

Often this can be completed in five-and-a-half years, although this will involve increased course loads in some years. Students need to plan their courses carefully to avoid overload.

To do this, in your first year you must study:

If you want to complete in the minimum time, you must also complete the 75-point, non-Law component of the Bachelor of Laws in the first year.

Engineering degree combinations

Common Bachelor of Engineering with Honours combinations are:

The length of time it will take to complete these combinations will depend on the major or specialisation you choose. Students are advised to seek advice to ensure all requirements for each degree are met.

Other degree combinations

There are many other double degree combinations that are possible for example:

Conjoint degrees

Conjoint degrees are accelerated programmes for high-achieving students, which combine two degrees in as little as four years. 

The accelerated programmes require 60 points less than a double degree, as well as a minimum sustained grade point average (equivalent to a B+) and a higher workload at 135 points per year. Students must graduate in both degrees that are part of the conjoint at the same time. 

UC offers two conjoint degrees:

  • Conjoint BProdDesign/BCom (4 years)
  • Conjoint BProdDesign/BSc (4 years).

By combining a Bachelor of Product Design with either a Bachelor of Commerce or a Bachelor of Science, students will develop skills in the aesthetic and technical design of products in their fields of interest, along with business skills or specialised scientific skills.

Both conjoint degrees have similar structures of:

  • A minimum of 255 points from the Bachelor of Product Design, including a minimum of 
  • 75 points at 300-level to satisfy the requirements of a major. 
  • A minimum of 255 points from one of either the Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Science. Requirements for at least one of the majors from the degree must also be met, including a minimum of 75 points at 300-level.
  • A student taking the Conjoint Bachelor Degree of Product Design and Commerce must also complete the core courses for the BCom.
  • A student taking the Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Science must also complete the BSc core course. 
  • Overall the 540 points will include 330 points above 100-level and a minimum of 150 points at 300-level.

Students who do not meet these requirements may instead transfer to the Certificate of Commerce and/or the Certificate of Science, with permission from the relevant Deans.

For the full requirements see the Regulations for the Conjoint Bachelor Degree of Product Design and Commerce and the Conjoint Bachelor Degree of Product Design and Science.

More information

Careful course planning is necessary when you are planning on studying concurrent or double degrees, to avoid overload and to ensure all requirements for each degree are met. It's best to speak with someone about this before you apply. Contact the Liaison Office or a Student Advisor in each relevant College or School.