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Bachelor's degree

Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

BSEnS
06 October 2023

From pollution and climate change to world hunger, UC's Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability (BSEnS) explores the biggest global problems humans have caused by injustice towards the environment and communities. Find out about studying a BSEnS through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts.

DURATION

Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Degree Structure - Duration
3 years full-time

START

Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)

POINTS

360

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $6,885
  • International — $33,675

Overview


Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Introduction

The BSEnS explores the biggest problems we face globally, from pollution and climate change to world hunger.

You will gain meaningful skills including understanding how and why these issues happen, and the actionable steps we need to change these.

Help us build a sustainable and equitable future in business, policy, and global society.



Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Why Study - Body

What will my study involve?

  • Courses come from a variety of different subjects — including Environmental Science, Policy, and Marketing — so you can get a full view of the global issues that you are passionate about and learn how you can achieve behaviour change and social action.
  • Use UC’s local and global contacts with entrepreneurs, environmental scientists, tangata whenua, and other change makers.
  • You can take a minor from subjects across Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Sport, and Youth and Community Leadership.

Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Recommended preparation

Anyone from any study background will be able to study the BSEnS.

Interests in environmental science and sustainability, voluntary work, economics, or social change will be particularly useful to get the most out of study. Strong communications skills will also be very helpful.

Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Subjects and Courses - Body

Subjects and courses

The BSEnS degree includes compulsory courses to introduce you to sustainability systems thinking for change, and to develop key skills in communication, problem-solving, indigenous partnerships, and community leadership.

You will also choose a major to study throughout the degree, and you may also choose to complete a minor.

See ‘Planning my degree’ below for an example degree structure diagram.

Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Further Study - Body

Further study

You may choose to continue on to the Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Master of Arts, or Master of Arts (Thesis) in a variety of related subjects, such as Political Science and International Relations or Geography.

UC also offers many master's degrees with a focus on environmental change and social systems, for example:

Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Career - Body

Career ready

  • Complete a final-year internship supporting our local industry in sustainability.
  • Knowing how to identify, critique, and actually make these necessary changes will make you hugely beneficial to our collective goal to make the world a better place.
  • Graduates will find work as consultants, policy analysts, aid and advocacy workers, environmental advisors, economists, business managers, entrepreneurs, and more.

Find out more about what can you do with a degree from UC.

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,885
  • International — $33,675

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,743
  • International — $32,325

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study


Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.

This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability.

Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability is made up of a total 360 points:

  • 105 points of compulsory courses
  • 30 points of elective courses
  • 135 points of courses towards a major
  • the remaining 90 points can be from either Arts courses or courses from other degrees.

A minimum of 225 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level.

The degree takes 3 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 10 years.

Majors and minors

BSEnS students have the option of completing either:

  • a major
  • a major and a minor.

Each major has specific course requirements, but all consist of a minimum of 135 points, with at least 45 points above 100-level and at least 60 points at 300-level.

A minor consists of a minimum of 75 points, including at least 45 points above 100-level, in a single subject chosen from Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership degrees.

Double degrees

It is possible to study a BSEnS alongside other degrees at the same time, such as the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Health Sciences.

Find out more information about Double degrees.

Conjoint degrees

You can study a conjoint degree and merge your BSEnS with options such as the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, so that you can complete major subjects from multiple areas in a shorter timeframe.

Find out more information about Conjoint degrees.

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