Online Learning

Start your journey towards a top 1% University Now!

UC’s flexible Start online, Finish on-campus pathway lets you start your degree now and transition on to campus once the New Zealand borders open to international students.

Get world-class, accessible, and future-focused education with our collaborative and supportive online learning environment. With UC’s unrivalled academic reputation, it seems pretty simple - UC is the World’s Best Choice.

Find a course

Choose from a range of our online courses for undergraduate and postgraduate study – from Business, Data Science, Civil Engineering and Sports Coaching. See below for the full list of courses on offer.

Start online

Start: Semester 1 February 2021

We bring the classroom to you. We're at the forefront of digital technology, with a comprehensive online learning platform, interactive technologies, and support to help you get through your study every step of the way.

See you on campus

COVID-19 has altered the global landscape for education dramatically; but of all the places in the world, New Zealand is uniquely placed for a bounce back and is well worth the wait.

Our Start online, Finish on-campus courses offer the flexibility to begin your study online now, and transition on campus once border restrictions are lifted, and once you have received your student visa.

For the complete list of online and distance learning courses (100 - 300 level) click here 

What can I study?

Delivery: Start Online, Finish on-campus

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements

UC recognises English Language Proficiency, including IELTS, TOEFL, and EAP tests completed online.

First-year students can start your programme by taking these online courses:

ProgrammeCourses

Bachelor of Arts

If you are interested in starting your Arts studies online, then register your interest below and we will contact you to arrange a customised study plan.

In 2022 we’re further developing our Bachelor of Arts. You will still be able to choose from more than 30 subjects for a major or minor, but we are also adding exciting new pathways called Specialisations*. For more information please visit here.

*Specialisations will be offered in February 2022, subject to approval

Delivery: Full degree online or Start online, Finish on-campus

Major/Minor in Education

  • EDUC102 Child and Adolescent Development | Semester 1 2021
  • EDUC101 Spark! How & What People Learn | Semester 2 2021
  • EDUC103 Education, Culture & Society | Semester 2 2021

Major/Minor in German

  • GRMN151 Elementary German Language A | Semester 1 2021
  • GRMN152 Elementary German Language B | Semester 2 2021

Major/Minor in Human Services

  • HSRV104 Youth Realities | Semester 1 2021
  • HSRV103 Violence in Society | Semester 2 2021

Major/Minor in Linguistics/English Language

  • LING101 The English Language | Semester 1 2021
  • LING102 Language and Society in New Zealand and Beyond | Semester 2 2021

Major/Minor in Philosophy

  • PHIL110 Science: Good, Bad & Bogus | Semester 1 2021
  • PHIL 139 Ethics, Politics & Justice | Semester 2 2021

Major in Psychology 

  • PSYC105 Introductory Psychology – Brain, Behaviours and Cognition | Semester 1 2021
  • PSYC106 Introductory Psychology – Social, Personality and Developmental | Semester 2 2021

Additional distance courses (but not a major or minor) are available in the following courses: 

Semester 1 2021

  • ARTH103 ‘Picasso who?’ Introducing Modern Art
  • CINE104 The Oscar for Best Picture: The Envelope Please!
  • COMS101 Media and Society
  • CLAS120 People, Places and Histories of the Graeco-Roman World
  • CLAS144 Beginners’ Latin A
  • ENLA101 The English Language
  • EURA101 Global Europe
  • GRMN151 Elementary German Language A
  • MAOR107 Aotearoa: Introduction to Traditional Maori Society
  • POLS102 Politics: An Introduction
  • PSYC105 Introductory Psychology - Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
  • RUSS130 Elementary Russian Language A

Semester 2 2021

  • CHIN152 Chinese Language 1-B
  • CHIN155 Understanding China
  • COMS102 Introduction to News and Journalism
  • CULT114 Aotearoa – Introduction to New Zealand Treaty Society
  • CLAS145 Beginners’ Latin B
  • GRMN152 Elementary German Language B
  • MAOR108 Introduction to New Zealand Treaty Society
  • POLS106 Plato to Nato: Introduction to Political Thought
  • PSYC106 Introductory Psychology - Social, Personality and Developmental
  • RUSS131 Elementary Russian Language B

Bachelor of Commerce

 

One semester or one year Start online, Finish on-campus for Majors in:

  • Accounting
  • Economics 
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship 
  • Tourism Marketing and Management

Semester 1 2022

Semester 2 2021

  • ACCT103 Accounting and Taxation: An Introduction
  • ECON104 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • MGMT170 Managerial Decision Making
  • MKTG100 Principles of Marketing
  • INFO123Business Information Systems and Technology 
  • STAT101 Statistics

(15 point courses)

Bachelor of Communication

If you are interested in starting your Communication studies online, then register your interest below and we will contact you to arrange a customised study plan.

Semester 1 2021

Semester 2 2021

  • COMS102 Introduction to News and Journalism
  • COMS 104 Introduction to Strategic Communication

Students need to choose four other courses at the first-year level, which can be from any degree. 

Please note WRIT101 Writing for Academic Success (a core course) is not available online and therefore students will need to complete this course in the second year. 

Bachelor of Data Science

Major in Data Science

Semester 1 2022

Semester 2 2022

  • COSC122 Introduction to Computer Science
  • DATA101 Introduction to Data Science
  • SCIE101 Science, Society and Me
  • GISC101 Introduction to Spatial Data Science

(15 point courses)

Bachelor of Data Science

Major in Computational Linguistics 

Semester 1 2022

Semester 2 2022

  • COSC122 Introduction to Computer Science
  • DATA101 Introduction to Data Science
  • LING101 The English Language
  • LING102 Language and Society in New Zealand and Beyond
  • SCIE101 Science, Society and Me

(15 point courses)

Bachelor of Data Science

Major in Spatial Data Science

 

 

 

Semester 1 2022

  • COSC121 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • GEOG110 People, Places and Environments
  • MATH102 Mathematics 1A

Semester 2 2022

  • COSC122 Introduction to Computer Science
  • DATA101 Introduction to Data Science
  • ENVR101 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • GISC101 Introduction to Spatial Data Science
  • SCIE101 Science, Society and Me

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

 

If you are interested in starting your First-Year Engineering studies online in 2022, then register your interest below and we will contact you with a customised study plan. The remainder of your BE (Hons) professional degree will be completed on campus in New Zealand. 

We have pathways for students currently overseas and for mature students currently in New Zealand with intakes in February and July each year. 

A selection of courses that may be in your customised study plan are:

  • PHYS101 Engineering Physics A
  • ENGR101 Foundations of Engineering
  • COSC131 Introduction to Programming for Engineers
  • EMTH118 Engineering Mathematics 1A
  • PHYS111 Introductory Physics for Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • CHEM111 Chemical Principles and Processes 

(15 point courses)

Flyer BE(Hons) BSc Online to on campus

 

Bachelor of Science

 

Semester 1 2022

  • CHEM111 Chemical Principles and Processes
  • CHEM114 Foundations of Chemistry
  • COSC101 Working in a Digital World
  • COSC121 Introduction to Computer Engineering
  • MATH102 Mathematics 1A
  • GEOG110 People, Places and Environments
  • PHYS101 Engineering Physics A
  • PHYS111 Introductory Physics for Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • PSYC105 Introductory Psychology – Brain, Behaviours and Cognition
  • STAT101 Statistics

 Semester 2 2022

  • CHEM112 Structure and Reactivity in Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • DATA101 Introduction to Data Science
  • MATH103 Mathematics 1B
  • MATH120 Discrete Mathematics
  • PHYS111 Introductory Physics for Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • PHYS101 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves, Electromagnetism and Thermal Physics
  • PHYS102 Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism
  • PSYC106 Introductory Psychology – Social, Personality and Developmental
  • SCIE101 Science, Society and Me
  • ENVR101 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • GISC101 Introduction to Spatial Data Science

(15 point elective courses) 

Flyer BE(Hons) BSc Online to on campus

 

Bachelor of Science

Major in Chemistry

 

School of Physical and Chemical Sciences (SPCS) at the University of Canterbury is one of the best places to study Chemistry in New Zealand (在新西兰学习化学), including recently introduced SPCS online-to-campus pathway (新西兰本科留学, 新西兰大学学习).

Chemistry has an important role to play in solving the world's major problems in energy, food supply, health and the environment. Modern society relies on chemists for everything from medicine to materials.

We carefully selected first year courses, which offer flexibility to start your studies either in Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July).

Bachelor of Science

Major in Medicinal Chemistry 

School of Physical and Chemical Sciences (SPCS) at the University of Canterbury is one of the best places to study Medicinal Chemistry in New Zealand (在新西兰学习药物化学), including recently introduced SPCS online-to-campus pathway (新西兰本科留学, 新西兰大学学习).

Medicinal chemistry is the link between lab-based synthetic chemistry and the real world of health care, prescription medicines, and pharmaceuticals. Medicinal Chemistry explores the design and creation of new medicinal drugs for the treatment and prevention of illnesses. The pharmaceutical industry is growing globally, and there is a high demand for more medicinal chemists to create life-changing medicines.

We carefully selected first year courses, which offer flexibility to start your studies either in Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July). 

Bachelor of Science

Major in Astronomy 

School of Physical and Chemical Sciences (SPCS) at the University of Canterbury is one of the best places to study Astronomy in New Zealand (在新西兰学习天文学), including recently introduced SPCS online-to-campus pathway (新西兰本科留学, 新西兰大学学习).

Astronomy and astrophysics are concerned with the study of the nature and distribution of matter and radiation throughout all time and space in the Universe. Astronomers have always been keen to harness the latest technological advances in their quest for ever more precise and revealing observations. Astronomy in recent years has been one of the most rapidly expanding of all physical sciences: you can make many exciting and unexpected discoveries!

We carefully selected first year courses, which offer flexibility to start your studies either in Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July). 

Bachelor of Science

Major in Biochemistry

University of Canterbury is one of the best places to study Biochemistry in New Zealand (在新西兰学习生物化学), including recently introduced SPCS online-to-campus pathway (新西兰本科留学, 新西兰大学学习).

Biochemistry - the interface between Biology and Chemistry is the focus of some of the world’s most fascinating research. It is arguably having the greatest impact on our lives through understanding of how cells work at the molecular level.

We carefully selected first year courses, which offer flexibility to start your studies either in Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July). 

Bachelor of Science 

Major in Computer Science

 

Semester 1 2022

  • COSC101Working in a Digital World
  • COSC121Introduction to Computer Engineering
  • INFO123 Business Information Systems and Technology
  • MATH102 Mathematics 1A

Semester 2 2022

(15 point courses)

Bachelor of Science

Major in Mathematics

 

Semester 1 2022

Semester 2 2022

 (15 point courses)

Bachelor of Science

Major in Physics

 

Canterbury is one of the best places to study Physics in New Zealand (在新西兰学习物理), including recently introduced SPCS online-to-campus pathway (新西兰本科留学, 新西兰大学学习).

Physics aims to understand the behaviour of matter and energy from the scale of subatomic particles to that of the Universe itself. From computers to communication systems, architecture to agriculture; modern life is overwhelmingly built using the understanding of nature that physics provides.

We carefully selected first year courses, which offer flexibility to start your studies either in Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July).

Bachelor of Science

Major in Psychology

 

Semester 1 2022

  • COSC101 Working in a Digital World
  • COSC121 Introduction to Computer Engineering
  • HLTH101 Introduction to Health Studies
  • MATH102 Mathematics 1A
  • PSYC105 Introductory Psychology – Brain, Behaviours and Cognition

Semester 2 2022

  • HSRV103 Violence in Society
  • PSYC106 Introductory Psychology – Social, Personality and Developmental
  • SCIE101 Science, Society and Me
  • SPCO103 Sport Psychology
 (15 point courses)

Bachelor of Science

Major in Statistics

Semester 1 2022

  • STAT101 Statistics 1
  • MATH102 Mathematics 1A
  • Any 30 points of courses from the BSc course list

Semester 2 2022

  • MATH103 Mathematics 1B
  • SCIE101 Science, Society and Me
  • Any 30 points of courses from the BSc course list

Bachelor of Sport Coaching

 

If you are interested in starting your Sport Coaching studies online, then register your interest below and we will contact you to arrange a customised study plan. The programme can be offered online by distance (except for the Physical Education major), but please check with the Student Advisors to confirm your programme of study.

Core first-year courses for all majors

  • SPCO 101 Introduction to Sport Coaching | Semester 1 
  • SPCO 105 Social History of Sport and Physical Education | Semester 1
  • SPCO 102 Theoretical Foundations of Coaching and Teaching | Semester 2
  • SPCO 104 Anatomy and Physiology | Semester 2
  • SPCO 110 Practicum 1 

Major: Sports Leadership and Management

  • MGMT100 Fundamentals of Management (S1 only for distance offering in 2021)

Major: Performance Analysis

Major: Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition

Major: Sport Science

(15 point courses) 

Postgraduate study at UC offers a pathway to a more influential and interesting career, enabling you to develop the skills future employers are looking for.

From Data Science to Professional Accounting, UC offers a broad base of flexible online postgraduate qualifications to help balance study with your lifestyle.

Start: Semester 1 2021

Delivery:

  1. Start online, Finish on-campus
  2. Full degree offered online

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements

UC recognises Online English Language Proficiency, including IELTS, TOEFL, and EAP tests completed online.

 

ProgrammeKey Information

Master of Applied Finance and Economics

(180 points)

January to June (Start online, Finish on-campus)

or

Full degree offered online (if NZ borders are not opened by Semester 2 2021)

Master of Business

(180 points)

Term 1

  • Start online, Finish on-campus

Majors

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Master of Civil Engineering 

(120 points) 

 

Master of Education

(120 points or 180 points)

Full degree offered online

Master of European Union Studies

(180 points)

Full degree offered online

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • EURO402 The EU in Europe and in the World
  • EURO409 The EU and the "Europeanisation" of Europe
  • EURO482 European Studies Internship Course
  • EURO692 MEuro Thesis

Master of Linguistics

(180 points)

Full degree offered online

Semester 1

Semester 2 

 

*students may require LING400 English Structures before the start of Semester 1 2021

Master of Professional Accounting

(240 points)

Term 1

  • Start online, Finish on-campus 
 

Master of Policy and Governance

(180 points)

 

Delivery: Start online in Semester 1, onshore in Semester 2

Semester 1 online: 

  • POLS440 Principles and Practice of Policy and Governance
  • POLS466 Political Economy of Development or EURO458 EU Development Policy or EURO479 Navigating Research

Master of Strategic Communication 

(180 points) 

Delivery: Start online in Semester 1, onshore in Semester 2

Full time or Part-time study

 

Semester 1 online: 

  • COMS 408 Communication Ethics
  • COMS 421 Strategic Communication Theory and Application

Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 

(180 points)

 

 

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

 (120 points) 

 

Master of Applied Data Science

(180 points)

Full Degree offered online

Courses

 * Please see FAQ’s to find out the eligibility of online study for post-study work rights

Postgraduate study at UC offers a pathway to a more influential and interesting career, enabling you to develop the skills future employers are looking for.

From Data Science to Professional Accounting, UC offers a broad base of flexible online postgraduate qualifications to help balance study with your lifestyle.

Delivery:

  1. Start online, Finish on-campus
  2. Full degree offered online

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements

UC recognises English Language Proficiency, including IELTS, TOEFL, and EAP tests completed online.

Please ensure that you check the post-study work rights applicable to your UC qualification on the Immigration New Zealand website, as these are periodically subject to review. 

ProgrammeKey Information

Master of Applied Data Science 

(180 points)

Start online, finish on-campus.  Students are required to complete at least 3 courses on campus before they start the project, DATA601. DATA601 is for on-campus students only and runs from mid-November to mid-February.

  • DATA401 Statistics
  • STAT462 Data Mining
  • DIGI405 Texts, Discourses and Data: the Humanities and Data Science

Master of Business

(180 points)

Start online, Finish on-campus - students can take a maximum of 3 courses online before coming to UC.

Programme Intake: August 2021

Study one of four majors for the Master of Business.

No specific subject background required: apply with a degree in any subject.

  • Major in Management
  • Major in Financial Management
  • Major in Marketing

Master of Civil Engineering 

(unendorsed)

(120 points) 

Semester 1 2022

  • ENCI601 Risk Management
  • ENCM620 Construction Procurement and Contract Administration
  • ENAE601 Whole Building Behaviour and Performance
  • ENCI438 Introduction to Structural Earthquake Engineering

Master of Education 

(120 points or 180 points)

Full degree offered online

Master of European Union Studies

(180 points)

Full degree offered online

Semester 1 2021

Semester 2 2021

  • EURO402 The EU in Europe and in the World
  • EURO409 The EU and the "Europeanisation" of Europe
  • EURO482 European Studies Internship Course
  • EURO692 MEuro Thesis

Master of Linguistics

(180 points)

Full degree offered online

Semester 1 

Semester 2 

Students may require LING400 English Structures before the start of Semester 1 2021

Master of Professional Accounting

(240 points)

Start online, Finish on-campus - students can take a maximum of 3 courses online before coming to UC.

Programme Intake: August 2021

The UC Master of Professional Accounting prepares students for registration with CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand).

No background in Accounting required: apply with a degree in any subject.

Master of Policy and Governance

(180 points)

 

Delivery: Start online, Finish on-campus

*If you are interested in starting online in semester 2 2021, please register your interest below and we will contact you to arrange a customised study plan.

Semester 1 online courses: 

  • POLS440 Principles and Practice of Policy and Governance
  • POLS446 Political Economy of Development or
  • EURO458 EU Development Policy and EURO479 Navigating Research

Master of Strategic Communication 

(180 points) 

Delivery: Start online, Finish on-campus

*If you are interested in starting online in semester 2 2021, please register your interest below and we will contact you to arrange a customised study plan.

Full time or Part-time study

Semester 1 online courses: 

  • COMS 408 Communication Ethics
  • COMS 421 Strategic Communication Theory and Application

Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) 

(180 points)

 

The programme comprises 180 points made up of six courses (at 30 points each).

Full-time MTESOL students can begin in February or November. Part-time students can begin their studies in February, July, or November.

Semester 1 (February–June)

  • EDEM 631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning
  • LING 615 World Englishes

Semester 2 (July–November)

  • EDMM 632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning
  • EDEM 633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning

Summer session 1 and 2 (November–February)

(30 point courses)

Postgraduate Certificate in Business

  (60 points) 

Full degree offered online

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business is made up of 60 points (four 15 point courses) at 600-level.

Students with a degree from any discipline may apply and no prior experience in commerce is required.

It equips graduates with general knowledge and skills applicable to business, which can then be applied in graduate positions across a wide range of industries, or used as a pathway into further postgraduate study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

 (120 points) 

Full Degree offered online

  • DATA401 Statistics
  • STAT462 Data Mining
  • DIGI405 Texts, Discourses and Data: the Humanities and Data Science

Please ensure that you check the post-study work rights applicable to your UC qualification on the Immigration New Zealand website, as these are periodically subject to review. 

Undergraduate Certificates

An undergraduate certificate can be used as a stepping-stone to a Bachelor’s degree.

*Note: This certificate can be completed fully online.  Immigration New Zealand will not approve student visas for certificate level programmes

Certificate in Science (CertSc)       

The Certificate in Science (CertSc) is made up of 60 points (four 15 point courses) at 100 and/or 200-level from Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Engineering first year, and can be awarded online in one of the following subjects:

  • Astronomy
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

The Certificate in Science offers the opportunity to begin your university degree online towards a Bachelor in Science or a Bachelor in Engineering with Honours.

Flyer - Certificate in Science

Certificate in Commerce

(CertCom)

The Certificate in Commerce (CertCom) is made up of 60 points (four 15 point courses) at 100, 200, and/or 300-level in Commerce.

Please note prerequisites for any courses above 100-level are required. 

The CertCom is good preparation and an opportunity to start online towards the full Bachelor of Commerce degree.

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