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Looking to upskill or change careers? Want to grow your knowledge and challenge your mind? Start now!
Enrol in a science degree at UC and take your learning to the next level. You can start right now by enrolling in one of our mid-year courses starting on 19 July. There are lots of subjects to choose from and you can study full- or part-time – it’s up to you.
The Government's fees-free scheme means eligible students do not have to pay tuition fees in their first year at UC. This includes those starting in Semester Two. We can help you apply to enrol and check out your fees-free eligibility. Or to check your eligibility for fees-free tertiary study, visit https://www.feesfree.govt.nz/.
If you are new to studying science at university, we recommend starting with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Certificate of Science. There are a huge range of subjects on offer from astronomy and geology to financial engineering and psychology, and our programmes offer lots of flexibility.
The BSc has 19 subject majors on offer. You can mix-and-match subjects to suit your interests and can even bring in subjects from other areas, such as arts or commerce, for a tailor-made degree.
Astronomy and astrophysics study the nature and distribution of matter and radiation throughout all time and space in the Universe.
Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life, and its innovations are at the cutting edge of science, research and industry.
Chemistry deals with the composition, structure and behaviour of matter at the atomic and molecular level.
Computer Science is about helping people work efficiently and effectively by analysing needs and constructing appropriate solutions.
Economics is the study of social decision making in the production, exchange, distribution and consumption of goods and services.
This interdisciplinary field studies the environment's structure and functioning, and the impact of human interactions.
Financial Engineering combines financial and economic theory with the mathematical and computational tools that underpin the financial industry.
Geography is an exciting and distinctive discipline at the interface between Science and Arts. It finds innovative solutions to contemporary social problems.
Linguistics is the scientific study of language, including language structure, acquisition and processing; social and cultural factors; and systems of speech.
Mathematicians are skilled independent thinkers and problem solvers, skills which are valued in many careers, and in Science, Engineering, and Commerce.
Philosophy is for anyone who is intellectually inquisitive, likes ideas, likes to think and explore. It tackles issues and questions that arise for everyone.
Physics aims to understand the behaviour of matter and energy from the scale of subatomic particles to that of the Universe itself.
If you’re wanting to conduct in-depth research, move into a new career or upskill – then a postgraduate science degree could be for you. We have a range of postgraduate options from a Master in Science in a particular subject area to specialised taught masters’ programmes designed for people wanting to continue working while studying.
- Graduate Diploma in Science (GradDipSc) This diploma offers existing degree-holders the chance to study science in-depth. Ideal for graduates seeking to extend their existing degree or qualify for other postgraduate science degrees.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Science (PGCertSc) This certificate provides a more accessible professional development qualification for those with work commitments, and can lead into further postgraduate study.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science (PGDipADS) Ideal for students wanting to enhance or build their data science capabilities, and combine these with skills and knowledge they bring from previous studies. Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc) This degree offers the opportunity to undertake more advanced and in-depth study in a science subject. Over 20 subjects to choose from.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management (PGDipWaterRM) Prepares graduates for a professional career in water resource management and development of innovative and effective methods for sustainable management of this critical resource.
- Master of Antarctic Studies (MASt) Combines fieldwork in Antarctica over summer, additional coursework and an Antarctic related research dissertation. Students gain a 360-degree view of Antarctic issues.
- Master of Applied Data Science (MADS) Designed for students who wish to build their data science capabilities and combine these with skills and knowledge acquired from previous studies.
- Master of Science (MSc) The MSc usually consists of coursework and a thesis, allowing students to conduct independent and original research. Over 30 subjects to choose from, and some can only be studied at postgraduate level.
- Master of Water Resource Management (MWaterRM) This degree helps graduates develop innovative and effective methods for sustainable management of water resources.
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) The PhD comprises advanced research carried out under supervision and is presented in a thesis.
Audiology coursework trains professional clinical audiologists in acoustics, psychoacoustics, and neuroscience.
Postgraduate Biochemistry examines subjects as diverse as pharmaceuticals and nanotechnology.
Research in Biosecurity is a growing need in face of climate change and sustainability of our ecosystems.
Develop knowledge of biochemical, molecular, and evolutionary processes and economical solutions.
Chemistry propels advances in modern society and has an important role in solving global challenges.
This programme was created to meet the rising demand for psychologists trained to support families.
A postgraduate discipline and a fast-growing area dealing with big data.
Study supporting children and young people who are deaf or require unique learning development.
This is an interdisciplinary field around natural, social, and political sciences, and the economics of disaster reduction.
Economics is the study of decisions about the production, exchange, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
UC offers postgraduate study combining economics with mathematics for advanced analysing skills.
Environmental Science is a growth area for employment identifying environmental issues.
A range of postgraduate qualifications are available for students with previous study in Finance.
Studying Geography will allow you to take an informed and analytical view of our changing world, and of your place in it.
A postgraduate qualification in Geology offers a wider spectrum of specialisation for employment opportunities.
Industrial and Organisational Psychology is one of the most recognised advanced psychology degrees in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. It bridges the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences.
Mathematics is a living subject with new processes, techniques, and theories constantly being devised, tested, and explored.
UC offers postgraduate research in the philosophy and foundations of mathematics.
Develop modern scientific knowledge and techniques for medical diagnosis and therapy.
This postgraduate study prepares students for a career as a clinical scientist implementing treatment programmes.
Philosophy will be enjoyed by anyone who is fascinated by ideas, who likes to think and to explore, and who is curious.
Utilise spatial technology to analyse health demographics and potential hazard data.
Gain professional qualifications to practice as a speech language pathologist/therapist.
Statistics is a rapidly advancing science with many avenues for study and work. Most disciplines use statistics in some form.
Gain practical experience in urban recovery and renewal at UC, in the heart of a changing community.