Certificate in Science
If you want to study science at university level without having to commit to full-time degree study initially, you might consider the Certificate in Science (CertSc).
It is also an option if you want to take a few courses for interest, or study part-time.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a certificate. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Possible qualification structure for Certificate in Science
Science subject (eg, Geography)
This diagram is an example only - other combinations are possible.
Each small block represents a 15-point course.
For full course requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Science.
The Certificate in Science is made up of 60 points (four standard courses) at 100 and/or 200-level from the Bachelor of Science Schedule, and can be awarded in one of the Science subjects.
It can be completed within one semester (6 months) full-time, or over 1–2 years of part-time study.
You can transfer the credit you gain during the Certificate in Science to the Bachelor of Science (and some other degrees), as long as you have not graduated with the Certificate.
See the Bachelor of Science Schedule for course options for each subject.
The CertSc requires four courses at 100 and/or 200-level in one of the following subjects:
UC Science graduates find work in a range of different fields and sectors. Depending on your chosen path, you can become anything from a seismologist to a soil technician, a meteorologist to a marine biologist, a psychologist to a policy advisor, a software engineer to a science writer, a forensic analyst to a food technician.
Waitaha Canterbury’s leading-edge IT sector is facing a shortage of qualified graduates, meaning UC Computer Science graduates in particular are in high demand.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2019||60||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$3,046 - $3,667|
|2019||60||Data Science; Linguistics; Philosophy (Band 1)||$3,046|
|2019||60||Economics; Finance (Band 2)||$3,224|
|2019||60||Computer Science; Financial Engineering; Geography; Psychology (Band 3)||$3,402|
|2019||60||Astronomy; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Environmental Science; Geology; Physics (Band 4)||$3,531|
|2019||60||Mathematics; Statistics (Band 9)||$3,060|
|2019||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$16,000|
For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students), or a College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao Student Advisor (advancing students).