Course codes & occurrence codes

Each course at UC has a course code made up of a four-letter subject code and a three-digit number, for example 'PHYS339'. The subject code indicates the subject of the course, while the first digit of the number indicates the level of the course. 

A course occurrence code includes additional information on when and where a course is held (year, semester, and site). A course can have multiple occurrence codes if it is offered in multiple semesters and/or multiple locations (such as on campus and online). 

Diagram of course code components

Course subject code

The four letter subject code indicates the subject of the course or the Department or School that teaches it, for example 'Physics' is represented by the subject code 'PHYS'. The subject codes currently in use at UC are listed below:


Subject NameSubject Code
Accounting ACCT
Accounting and Information Systems  ACIS
Antarctic Studies ANTA
Anthropology ANTH
Applied Psychology  APSY
Architectural Engineering ENAE
Art Curatorship ARTC
Art History and Theory ARTH
Art History ARTH
Art Theory ARTT
Astronomy ASTR
Audiology CMDS / HEAR
Bicultural Co-Governance of Natural Resources BCNR
Biochemistry BCHM
Bioengineering ENBI
Biological Sciences BIOL
Biosecurity BIOS
Biotechnology BIOT
Business BSNS
Business Administration MBAD
Business Information Systems MBIS
Business Management MBUS
Cellular and Molecular Biology CEMB
Chemical and Process Engineering ENCH
Chemistry CHEM
Child and Family Psychology CFPY
Chinese CHIN
Cinema Studies CINE
Civil Engineering ENCI / ENCN
Classics CLAS
Communication Disorders CMDS / SPSC
Computational and Applied Mathematics CAMS
Computer Engineering ENCE
Computer Science COSC
Construction Management ENCM
Counselling COUN
Criminal Justice CRJU
Cultural Studies CULT
Data Science DATA
Digital Humanities DIGI
Digital Screen DISC
Disaster Risk and Resilience DRRE
Early Childhood Teaching AKOE
Earthquake Engineering ENEQ
Ecology ECOL
Economics ECON
Education EDUC / CHCH / EHRE / ED**
Electrical and Electronic Engineering ENEL
Engineering ENGR
Engineering Geology ENGE
Engineering Management ENMG
Engineering Mathematics EMTH
English ENGL
English Language ENLA
Environmental Science ENVR
European and European Union Studies EURA
European Studies EURO
Evolutionary Biology EVOL
Finance FINC
Finance and Economics FIEC
Financial Engineering FENG
Financial Management MFIN
Fine Arts FINA
Fire Engineering ENFE
Forest Engineering ENFO
Forestry FORE
French FREN
Gender Studies GEND
Geographic Information Science GISC
Geography GEOG
Geology GEOL
German GRMN
Graphic Design DESI
Hazard and Disaster Management HAZM
Health Sciences HLTH / HLED
Higher Education HEDN
History HIST
Hōaka Pounamu EDHP
Human-Animal Studies HUAN
Human Interface Technology HITD
Human Services HSRV
Indigenous Narrative TITO
Information Systems INFO
Innovation INOV
International Law and Politics ILAP
Japanese JAPA
Journalism JOUR
Languages and Cultures LANC
Linguistics LING
Management MGMT
Māori and Indigenous Leadership TIRA 
Māori and Indigenous Studies MAOR
Māori Innovation MINN
Marketing MKTG
Mātauranga Māori AKOM 
Mathematical Physics MAPH
Mathematics MATH
Mathematics and Philosophy MPHI
Mechanical Engineering ENME
Mechatronics Engineering ENMT
Media and Communication COMS
Medical Physics MDPH
Medical Physics (Clinical) MPHC
Microbiology MBIO
Micro-credentials (Education, Engineering, Business) MCED, MCEN, MCBS
Natural Resources Engineering ENNR / ENCN
Pacific Studies PACS
Painting PAIN
Philosophy PHIL
Photography PHOT
Physics PHYS
Plant Biology PBIO
Political Science and International Relations POLS
Primary Teaching AKOP
Printmaking PRIN
Professional and Community Engagement PACE
Professional Accounting MPAC / MBAZ
Product Design PROD
Psychology PSYC
Russian RUSS
Science SCIE
Science Education SCED
Science, Māori and Indigenous Knowledge SCIM
Sculpture SCUL
Social and Environmental Sustainability SENS
Social Work SOWK
Sociology SOCI
Software Engineering SENG
Soil Science SOIL
Spanish SPAN
Speech and Language Pathology CMDS / SPSC
Sport Coaching SPCO
Sport Science SSCI
Statistics STAT
Taxation TAXA
Teacher Education TE** / AKOT / AKOA
Te Reo Māori TREO
Te Whare Pūrākau TAKI
Transition Programmes BRDG / TRNS
Transportation Engineering ENTR
Water Resource Management / Water Science and Management WATR
Writing WRIT
Youth and Community Leadership YACL
Zoology ZOOL

Course code number

All courses have a three digit number following the subject code. The first digit indicates the level of the course:

  • 0XX - preparatory level course
  • 1XX - first year or introductory level course
  • 2XX / 3XX - intermediate and advanced undergraduate level course
  • 4XX / 5XX / 6XX - honours, graduate, postgraduate, and master's level course
  • 7XX - doctoral level course


The year the course is being offered is abbreviated to the last two digits of the year, for example '2023' is indicated by '23'.

Semester indicator

A semester is a period over which a course is offered:

Semester IndicatorDescription
S1 Semester 1
S2 Semester 2
W Whole Year
CY Cross Year
B1 Bridging 1 (Term 1)
B2 Bridging 2 (Term 2)
B3 Bridging 3 (Term 3)
B4 Bridging 4 (Term 4)
B5 / BSU2 Bridging 5 (Term 5 - Summer)
FY Full Year
M1 MBA 1
M2 MBA 2
M3 MBA 3
M4 MBA Four
YA Full Year A
YA1 Full Year First Half
YA2 Full Year Second Half
YB Full Year B
YB1 Year B First Half
YB2 Year B Second Half
YC Full Year C
YC1 Year C First Half
YC2 Year C Second Half
YD Full Year D
YD1 Year D First Half
YD2 Year 2 Second Half
SU2 Summer 2 (November start)
SU1 Summer 1 (January start)
T1 Term One
T2 Term Two
T3 Term Three
T4 Term Four
X General non-calendar based
A Any Time Start

Dates for each of these semesters can be found on the Key Enrolment Dates page. 

Site code

The site code indicates where the course is taught:

Site codeLocation
C On campus in Christchurch
D Distance (online)
A Arts Centre, Christchurch
M Manawa
N Nelson
R Rotorua