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Programmes and Qualifications

The University of Waikato offers a growing range of qualifications here in the Bay of Plenty. Check out what's on offer below or download the 2019 Tauranga Prospectus.

The following qualifications can be completed in Tauranga:

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) will help you develop a foundation for encountering other worldviews, while appreciating the activities of humankind and how this shapes societies and our future.


Bachelor of Business (BBus)

Waikato's new three-year Bachelor of Business (BBus) will prepare you to lead and manage a successful company or organisation in a wide range of industries, or start your own entrepreneurial business.


Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Applied Computing

The Waikato Bachelor of Science (BSc) equips you for a career that requires logical thinking, analytical talent, a curious mind and practical skills.


Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Aquaculture* or Environmental Sciences (offered from 2019)

Aquaculture is viewed as an area with the potential for real growth in the Bay of Plenty. Similarly, Environmental Sciences will become increasingly important in times of global change. *The major in Aquaculture is subject to approval.


Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences is the study of life. From botany and ecology through to marine and freshwater sciences, study and career options in this field are abundant.


Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc)

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) looks at how people and society function and change. From 2019 you will be able to select a major in Education and Society, Human Development, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Policy and Sociology.


Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is recognised by the Social Worker's Registration Board and will give you the competency skills and training needed to become a successful social worker. The Bachelor of Social Work is only offered in Tauranga.


Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) (Early Childhood and Primary)

As a teacher, you will be joining a profession where you may make all the difference to the life of a child or young person. Teaching is an exciting, challenging, inspiring and immensely rewarding career.


Diploma in Law

The Diploma in Law programme has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students. If you are seeking to enhance your present career or exploring opportunities for a new career direction, the Diploma programme will provide you with an insight into the legal system and valuable skills in legal research and writing. The Diploma in Law can be completed entirely in Tauranga.


Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) (GradDipT)

This intensive one-year teacher education programme provides professional study and practical experience for those seeking rewarding careers in secondary teaching. The GradDipT (Secondary) can be completed entirely in Tauranga.


Graduate Certificates and Diplomas

Graduate certificates and graduate diplomas provide the opportunity to complete a specialised qualification that requires a relatively short period of study and can provide a pathway to future study.


Postgraduate Certificate in Development Studies (PGCert(Devs))

The Postgraduate Certificate in Development Studies is offered fully online and will provide you with the conceptual tools, critical thinking, research and practical skills to prepare you for professional practice in your chosen field of development.


Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (PGDip(MgtSt))

Management experience is essential. Build on your existing skills to take your career to the next level and increase your ability to lead and manage in the complex international business environment. This two-year Postgraduate Diploma is offered in Tauranga on alternate Saturdays between February and November.


Master of Digital Business (MDigiBus)

The Master of Digital Business (MDigiBus) is the only degree of its kind in New Zealand that is focused on digital technologies from a management perspective.


Master of Education (MEd)

This qualification is for Bachelor of Teaching/Education graduates or those with a degree and a teaching qualification.


Master of Educational Leadership (MEdLeadership)

The Master of Educational Leadership is for aspiring or current educational leaders interested in broadening their understanding of educational leadership.


Master of Science (Research)

The Master of Science (Research) is an internationally-recognized qualification, valued for its flexibility and general excellence in education and training.


The following qualifications can be started in Tauranga:

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE (Hons))

The University of Waikato's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE(Hons)) is the degree for creative thinkers who move instinctively from having an idea to making it happen. It is designed as the basis for a professional career in engineering and provides plenty of opportunities to apply what you've learnt in lectures and labs to real work situations.


Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Start your LLB in Tauranga by first enrolling in the Diploma in Law with the University of Waikato. On successful completion of the Diploma in Law, you are welcome to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and continue your law studies at the Hamilton campus. The Diploma in Law papers can be credited towards the first and second years of the LLB programme. If you are intending to continue your law studies, we recommend that you study some non-law papers in Tauranga and these can also be credited to your first and second years' elective papers towards the LLB.


Master of Information Technology (MInfoTech)

The Master of Information Technology is a new degree (jointly awarded with the University of Auckland) which is designed to help students become "industry-ready".


Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance (MHSHP)

The Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance will set you up with a research-based qualification that will teach you to critically examine how political, cultural, social and economic factors influence the meaning and nature of sport, exercise and leisure.