Certificate in Science
If you want to study science at university level without having to commit to a full-time degree, 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.
- Choose from a range of subjects that suit your specific science interests ranging from Astronomy, to Environmental Science, Medicinal Chemistry, and Psychology.
- Complete a minimum of 60 points of courses at 100 and/or 200-level from Bachelor of Science subjects.
- This Certificate can be completed within one semester full-time, or part time for up to 6 years.
- Courses can be transferred to some degrees and is a great pathway to the Bachelor of Science.
Certificate in Science – example degree structure
Science subject (eg, Geography)
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 Certificate in Science.
The Certificate in Science is made up of 60 points of courses at 100 and/or 200-level from Bachelor of Science subjects, and can be awarded in one Science subjects.
It can be completed within one semester (6 months) full-time, or part-time for up to 6 years.
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.
The CertSc requires four courses at 100 and/or 200-level from 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
|2023||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$3,805|
|2022||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$3,703|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$14,400||$12,522|
|2023||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$19,000||$16,522|
For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Certificate in Science.
For study planning help, contact a Student Advisor.
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science.