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.
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 (four standard courses) at 100 and/or 200-level from Bachelor of Science subjects, and can be awarded in one of the 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 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
|2021||60||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$3,141-$3,641|
|2021||60||Data Science; Linguistics; Philosophy (Band 1)||$3,141|
|2021||60||Economics; Finance (Band 2)||$3,324|
|2021||60||Computer Science; Financial Engineering; Geography; Psychology (Band 3)||$3,508|
|2021||60||Astronomy; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Environmental Science; Geology; Medicinal Chemistry; Physics (Band 4)||$3,641|
|2021||60||Mathematics; Statistics (Band 9)||$3,153|
|2022||60||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$3,194 - $3,703|
|2022||60||Data Science; Linguistics; Philosophy (Band 1)||$3,194|
|2022||60||Economics; Finance (Band 2)||$3,381|
|2022||60||Computer Science; Financial Engineering; Geography; Psychology (Band 3)||$3,567|
|2022||60||Astronomy; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Environmental Science; Geology; Medicinal Chemistry; Physics (Band 4)||$3,703|
|2022||60||Mathematics; Statistics (Band 9)||$3,207|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2021||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$14,000||$12,174 (60 points)|
|2022||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$14,400||$12,522 (60 points)|
For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Certificate in Science.
For study planning help, contact Te Rōpū Takawaenga o UC | UC Liaison Office (new students) or a Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science Student Advisor (advancing students).
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science.