Qualification

Double degrees

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Overview

Working towards two degrees at the same time means you may complete some combinations in four or five years. You will graduate with two different bachelor's degrees, giving you career flexibility and different opportunities. For those who have interests in diverse areas, a double degree can broaden your skillset, provide complementary and enhanced knowledge, and give you the flexibility to work in a number of different disciplines and industries when you graduate. 

UC also offers some Conjoint degrees options, which combine two degrees into a single bachelor's degree.

Careful course planning is necessary when you are planning on studying double or conjoint degrees, to avoid overload and to ensure all the requirements for each degree are met. Contact a Student Advisor in each relevant College or School.

Qualification structure and duration

Double degrees

You may enrol in two degrees and cross-credit (share) courses in common up to a maximum of 120 points. Certain combinations of degrees do allow additional cross-credits or exemptions.

If you are interested in studying two degrees at the same time you should seek advice from each relevant College or School. For the full requirements for each degree see the UC Regulations.

Common general degree combinations:

Common Law degree combinations:

The combination of a Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of Commerce is a particularly popular option if you want to pursue a career in business or management. Often this can be completed in five-and-a-half years, although this will involve increased course loads in some years. If you want to complete in the minimum time, you must complete the 75-point non-Law component (five non-Law courses) of the Bachelor of Laws in the first year. Students need to plan their courses carefully to avoid overload.

To do this option, in your first year you must study:

Common Engineering degree combinations:

The length of time it will take to complete these combinations will depend on the major or specialisation you choose. Students are advised to seek advice to ensure all requirements for each degree are met.

Other possible degree combinations:

Conjoint degrees

Conjoint degrees are accelerated programmes for high-achieving students, which combine two degrees in as little as four years. 

The accelerated programmes require 60 points less than a double degree, as well as a minimum sustained Grade Point Average (B-) and a higher workload at 135 points per year. Students must graduate in both degrees that are part of the conjoint at the same time. 

UC offers three conjoint degrees:

  • Conjoint BProdDesign/BCom (4 years)
  • Conjoint BProdDesign/BSc (4 years)
  • Conjoint BCom/BSc (4 years) (this new qualification is subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2018)

By combining a Bachelor of Product Design, a Bachelor of Commerce, or a Bachelor of Science, students will develop skills in the aesthetic and technical design of products in their fields of interest, along with business skills or specialised scientific skills.

All conjoint degrees have similar structures of:

  • A minimum of 255 points from each degree in the conjoint. Requirements for a major subject from both degrees must also be met, including a minimum of 75 points at 300-level for each.
  • A student taking a conjoint degree with the Bachelor of Commerce must also complete the core courses for the BCom.
  • A student taking a conjoint degree with the Bachelor of Science must also complete the BSc core course. 
  • Overall the 540 points will include 330 points above 100-level and a minimum of 150 points at 300-level.

Students who do not meet these requirements may instead transfer to the Certificate of Commerce or the Certificate of Science, with permission from the relevant Deans.

For the full requirements see the Regulations for the Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Commerce, the Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Science, and the Conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and Science.

More information

Careful course planning is necessary when you are planning on studying conjoint or double degrees, to avoid overload and to ensure all requirements for each degree are met. It's best to speak with someone about this before you apply. Contact the Liaison Office or a Student Advisor in each relevant College or School.