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 College, 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. 

College of ArtsCollege of Business and LawCollege of Education, Health and Human DevelopmentCollege of EngineeringCollege of ScienceAcademic Board

Qualification Requirement Limit

Arts | Tangata

 
Bachelor of Communication – Journalism (Second Year of the BC) 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.   
Bachelor of Music – Performance  Special application including audition required by 20 September  
Bachelor of Music with Honours – Performance Special application including audition required by 20 September.  
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 Music – Performance Special application including audition by 15 September.  
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.  

Business | Umanga

 
Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration Special Application required.   
Master of Business Administration Special Application required.   

Education, Health and Human Development | Ako me te Hauora 

 
Bachelor of 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.   
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) 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.  
Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology Special application required by 1 October. 10
Master of Counselling Special application required by 1 October. 15

Engineering | Pūkaha

 
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours - Second Year (formerly known as the First Professional 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 June (for S1) or 1 December (for S2). 12

Science | Pūtaiao 

 
Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours - First Professional Year Special application required by 1 October. Late applications will be considered subject to availability of places on the programme. 40
Master of Antarctic Studies Apply to enrol no later than 9 April.  
Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience Apply to enrol no later than 12 January.  
Master of Geographic Information Science - Part I Special application required by 1 February. 10
Master of Science:  
 *  Applied Psychology (Parts I and II) Special application required by 30 November. Part II limited to those completing second year of professional programme. 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. Late applications will be considered subject to availability of places on the programme. 20
Professional Master of Engineering Geology Students with a B+ grade average and fulfilling all prerequisites for the programme of study will be enrolled first; students with a B- to B grade average and fulfilling all prerequisites will be enrolled in the remaining spaces on a merit basis 3 weeks prior to the programme start date. Applications due no later than 12 January. 30
Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies Special application required by 9 April. 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. 12
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

Academic Board | Te Poari Akoranga

 
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
BIOL 305   28
Biosecurity
BIOS 201   250
Child and Family Psychology
CFPY 501
CFPY 502
Special application required by 1 October. 12
12
Communication
COMS 233
COMS 331
COMS 332
  25
26
26
Communication Disorders
SPSC 490 Apply to enrol no later than 12 January.   
Computer Engineering
ENCE 260   600
Counselling
COUN 675 Special application required by 1 October. 12
Fine Arts
FINA 101
FINA 102
FINA 103
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. 75
75
75
Graphic Design
DESI 211
DESI 212
DESI 311
DESI 411
Special application required by 30 September.  12
12
12
12
Film
FILM 211
FILM 212
FILM 311
FILM 411
Special application required by 30 September.  12
12
12
12
Painting
PAIN 211
PAIN 212
PAIN 311
PAIN 411
Special application required by 30 September.  12
12
12
12 
 
Photography
PHOT 211
PHOT 212
PHOT 311
PHOT 411
Special application required by 30 September.  12
12
12
12
Sculpture
SCUL 211
SCUL 212
SCUL 311
SCUL 411
Special application required by 30 September.  12
12
12
12
FINA 450
FINA 451
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 Manager, School 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.
LAWS 202
LAWS 203
LAWS 204
LAWS 205  
LAWS 206 

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 School of Law).

265
320
260
320
320
LAWS 339 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 
LAWS 359 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
LAWS 382 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
MGMT 228 Special application required by second Monday of Semester 2.  30
 Music 
MUSA 141
MUSA 143
Application via audition, and approval by the Head of School. Deadline for audition applications by 20 September.  
Psychology
PSYC 452 
PSYC 466
PSYC 470
PSYC 475
Apply no later than 1 February. 26
18
45
20
Social Work
SOWK 202
SOWK 203
SOWK 205
SOWK 301
SOWK 303
SOWK 304
SOWK 308
SOWK 490
SOWK 491
SOWK 492
SOWK 673
Special application required by 30 September. Selection will be based on academic record and an assessment arranged by the Programme Coordinator. --
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40
40
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40
40
40
40
25
Soil Science
SOIL 203 Apply no later than 5 July. 40
Water Resource Management
WATR 203   30
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