Programmes and Courses With Limited Entry and Special Applications for Admission

Some programmes and courses have limited places available and may require a special application for admission.

Some programmes and courses have 'Limited Entry' which means a limited number of students can enrol in them each year. There are also some programmes and courses that require students to complete a special application for admission (in addition to the Application to Enrol in myUC) and often have a set application closing date. 

If you are planning to start teacher training, see the Guide to Applying for details around the application process. You can also check the conditions of entry for the programme or course(s) you're interested in on the admission requirements checker or contact the relevant Faculty, School, or Department directly.

See the Enrolment Regulations for details of the Selection Criteria for Limited Entry.

Listed below are all the programmes and courses with Limited Entry (indicated by the 'Limit' number on the right hand side), an International Student Quota (ISQ), a Special Application requirement, and/or an application closing date. 

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Qualification Requirement Limit

Tangata | Arts

 
Bachelor of Communication– Journalism (Second Year) Special application required by 31 October. Students who hope to enter the Journalism major will be required to submit a formal application and attend an interview at the end of their second semester (Year 1/S2).  25
Bachelor of Fine Arts –  Intermediate The Head of School of Fine Arts must receive application for admission to the Intermediate Year (first year) no later than 15 November. 78
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours  Special application required. Applications should be received by 1 December. Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.   
Graduate Diploma in Journalism Special application required by 31 October. Late applications will be considered subject to availability of places on the programme. 5
Master of Social Work (Applied) Special application required by 30 September for Semester 1 start in the following year; special application required by 31 May for Semester 2 start in the same year. Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.  

Umanga | Business

 
Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration Special application required.   
Master of Business Administration Special application required.   
Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership Special application required.  

Ako | Education

 
Ako: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Applications required by 1 December (domestic students) or 31 October (international students). Applications involve a selection process including: an interview; literacy and numeracy assessments; referee reports; and police vetting.   
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) Applications required by 1 December (domestic students) or 31 October (international students). Applications involve a selection process including: an interview; literacy and numeracy assessments; referee reports; and police vetting.   
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning Applications required by 1 December (domestic students) or 31 October (international students). Entry for the following year may close earlier if available places in the programme are filled. Applications involve a selection process including: an interview; literacy and numeracy assessments; referee reports; and police vetting.   
Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning Applications required by 1 December (domestic students) or 31 October (international students). Entry for the following year may close earlier if available places in the programme are filled. Applications involve a selection process including: an interview; literacy and numeracy assessments; referee reports; and police vetting.  
Master of Teaching and Learning Applications required by 1 December (domestic students) or 31 October (international students). Entry for the following year may close earlier if available places in the programme are filled. Applications involve a selection process including: an interview; literacy and numeracy assessments; referee reports; and police vetting.   
Certificate in Māori Language and Pedagogies: Aumiri Pounamu Application involves a selection process including an interview and te reo Māori language competency assessment.  
Graduate Diploma in Māori Language and Pedagogies: Aumiri Pounamu Application involves a selection process including an interview and te reo Māori language competency assessment.

 

Pūkaha | Engineering 

 
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours - Second Year:  
 * Computer Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 1 December. 30
 * Chemical and Process Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 1 December. 75
 * Civil Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 1 December. 190
 * Electrical and Electronic Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 1 December. 90
 *   Forest Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 1 December. 20
 * Mechanical Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 1 December. 120
 *    Mechatronics Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 1 December. 50
 *  Natural Resources Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 1 December. 35
 *  Software Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 1 December. 30
Master of Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 10 January (for S1) or 15 June (for S2).  
Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering Apply to Enrol no later than 1 December (for S1) or 1 June (for S2). 12

Oranga | Health

 
Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology Special application required by 1 October. 10
Master of Counselling Special application required by 1 October. 15

Pūtaiao | Science 

 
Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours - First Professional Year Special application required by 1 October 40
Master of Antarctic Studies Special application required by 19 September.  
Master of Science:  
 *  Industrial and Organisational Psychology Special application required by 30 November. 15
 *  Medical Physics (Clinical) A student must have secured a registrar position with an Aotearoa New Zealand District Health Board before enrolling.  
Master of Speech and Language Pathology Special application required by 1 October. 20
Professional Master of Engineering Geology Applications due no later than 12 January. 30
Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies Special application required by 19 September. 16
Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Special application required by 30 November. 24
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology Special application required by 20 September. 16
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Special application required by 30 November. 24
Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science Special application required by 1 February. (Not open to new enrolments) 10

Te Poari Akoranga | Academic Board

 
Certificate in University Preparation Applications to the programme close three weeks prior to the official course start dates. Selection is based on previous academic record (NCEA or equivalent), or an internally administered test.  
CourseRequirementLimit
Biological Sciences
BIOL305
BIOL384
  28
40
Biosecurity
BIOS201   250
Child and Family Psychology
CFPY501
CFPY502
  12
12
Communication
COMS233
COMS331
COMS332
  25
25
25
Communication Disorders
SPSC490 Apply to enrol no later than 12 January.   
Computer Engineering
ENCE260   600
Counselling
COUN675 Special application required by 1 October. 12
Fine Arts
FINA101
FINA102
FINA103
A separate application including 12 examples of work that supports each of the NCEA Practical Art (or equivalent) subjects must be submitted by 15 November.  Format must be colour, laser printed and stapled, A4 photographs. 85
85
85
Graphic Design
DESI211
DESI212
DESI311
DESI411
Special application required by 30 September.  12
12
12
12
Film
FILM211
FILM212
FILM311
FILM411
Special application required by 30 September.  12
12
12
12
Painting
PAIN211
PAIN212
PAIN311
PAIN411
Special application required by 30 September.  12
12
12
12 
 
Photography
PHOT211
PHOT212
PHOT311
PHOT411
Special application required by 30 September.  12
12
12
12
Sculpture
SCUL211
SCUL212
SCUL311
SCUL411
Special application required by 30 September.  12
12
12
12
FINA450
FINA451
Applications for the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours starting in Semester One of the following year are due on 1 October of the preceding year. Late applications will be accepted for this qualification on a case-by-case basis. A student must have completed their third year of the BFA, including 30 points of 300-level ARTH or CINE courses with a B grade or better, and achieved a B grade or better in their 300-level studio subject course. 60
Law
A student transferring from another university and seeking admission to the limited entry LAWS courses must also send an original academic transcript to the Academic Services Manager, Faculty of Law, by the deadline for application to enrol in those courses. All Law students intending to enrol in limited entry courses, including those awaiting the outcome of transfer of credit applications, must apply to enrol by the deadlines set out below.
LAWS202
LAWS203
LAWS204
LAWS205
LAWS206
Apply no later than the first Tuesday after End of Year Exam Results are released. Up to 10 of Māori descent per course (these students must apply on the appropriate form, available from the Faculty of Law). 265
320
280
320
320
LAWS339 Summer School only. Preference will be given to final year students, followed by penultimate year students, then by date of application to enrol. Apply no later than the third Friday in October.  24 
LAWS359 Semester One only. Preference will be given to final year students, followed by penultimate year students, then by date of application to enrol. Apply no later than the last Friday in January. 30
LAWS382 Must contact School of Law Senior Academic Advisor by the date advertised within the School of Law to submit an expression of interest. A student must also apply to enrol by the deadline. For the summer semester, preference will be given to final year students, followed by penultimate year students, then by date of application to enrol. Apply no later than the third Friday in October for summer semester (if offered); the last Friday in January for Semester 1; the last Friday in June for Semester 2.  20 for summer semester 
Management
MGMT228 Special application required by second Monday of Semester 2.  30
 Music 
MUSA141
MUSA143
Application via audition, and approval by the Head of School. Deadline for audition applications by 20 September.  
Professional and Community Engagement (PACE)
PACE295
PACE395
PACE495
Special application required. Apply to the PACE Partnerships Manager no later than 15 January for Semester 1, 30 May for Semester 2, and 15 October for Summer School. Applications received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Partnerships Manager.   
Psychology
PSYC434 
PSYC470
PSYC475
PSYC479
Apply no later than 1 February. 27
70
20
25
Social Work
SOWK205
SOWK301
SOWK308
SOWK490
SOWK491
SOWK492
SOWK673
Special application required by 30 September. Selection will be based on academic record and an assessment arranged by the Programme Coordinator. 40
40
40
40
40
40
25
Soil Science
SOIL203 Apply no later than 5 July. 40
Water Resource Management
WATR203   30
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