Qualifications and courses in Science
The College of Science offers a large range of qualifications in science and communication disorders at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The College of Science offers two undergraduate or first degrees:
- Find out more about the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree
- Find out more about Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Hons).
- If you are not able to commit to a 3 or 4-year degree you can enrol in a Certificate of Science.
- If you haven't studied sciences at school you might find the Science Headstart (Summer Preparatory Programme) beneficial.
Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science (BSc) will extend your knowledge of science and encourage a questioning mind and innovation. With science and technology being integral parts of New Zealand's economic future, there will be plenty of exciting jobs available when you finish your studies.
Choosing your subjects in Science
Science students can choose their major subjects to fit their interests or intended career path and still ensure they receive a broad science education. Some departments recommend having studied certain subjects at school. You can check that information here: Best Preparation for a BSc/BSLP(Hons) (pdf 57KB).
In the first year it is the best year to study a variety of subjects. As students must specialise in at least one science subject, they are advised to take courses which enable them to advance, and even major, in more than one subject area.
If you have a degree and want to do another major talk to our advisor about your options, including the Graduate Diploma in Science.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science
- Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsyc)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management (PGDipWat
- Master of Antarctic Studies (MAntaStud)
- Master of Applied Data Science
- Master of Audiology (MAud)
- Master of Disaster, Risk and Resilience
- Master of Financial Engineering
- Masters of Geographic Information Science
- Master of Science (MSc)
- Master of Speech and Language Pathology (MSLP)
- Master of Speech and Language Sciences (MSLS)
- Master of Urban Resilience and Renewal
- Master of Water Resource Management(MWaterRM)
- Professional Master of Engineering Geology
Per capita UC has the most doctoral scholarships on offer of any New Zealand university.
UC scientists are involved in internationally ground-breaking research. We are designing and building components for the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, discovering new ways to combat super bugs and treat cataracts, developing new non-invasive diagnostic techniques and we have ring lasers located in caves under the Port Hills to measure the earth's rotation. You can be part of this by undertaking postgraduate research at UC. There are plenty of options for you to choose from and most qualifications allow you to study part-time.
2017 Science handbook
What skills will I develop?
Full degree regulations
Refer to the University of Canterbury Calendar for detailed information on the individual degree regulations. Information is also available on the individual Departmental/School websites.
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