Below you'll find a brief introduction to the subjects offered by the University of Waikato, Tauranga. For more information on individual papers offered, please contact the relevant School or Faculty.

Far more than number crunchers, accountants are often found in high-level management where financial control, legal compliance and leadership skills are essential.

Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences includes the major traditional biological disciplines of botany, microbiology and zoology along with the interdisciplinary subjects of biochemistry, physiology, genetics, ecology and behaviour.

Computer Science
Computer Science deals with the theory, design, analysis, implementation, efficiency and application of processes that transform information. The fundamental question underlying all of computer science is, "What can be automated?" 

This broad area of study particularly suits people already employed in the education sector or those wanting to understand more about teaching and learning. Postgraduate study in education can enhance your theoretical knowledge and classroom practice and can provide future opportunities for professional development.

Education and Society (previously known as Education Studies)
Education and Society today has close affinities with contemporary interdisciplinary fields exploring issues of social policy, culture, gender, work and leisure.

Engineering involves designing and creating processes, materials and devices. Engineers seek to build useful products and services using the understanding of the laws governing natural processes.

Finance is the management of money, banking, investments and credit. You will examine corporate finance, portfolios and markets, small business finance, financial modelling and personal financial planning.

Human Development
Human Development is concerned with developmental change over time in individuals and groups across the human lifespan.

Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management is an interdisciplinary subject designed to prepare you for career opportunities in the broad, ever-evolving field of employment relations, human resource management, workplace change, and education and training.

Many of our everyday actions are influenced by the legal system. The law provides a structure that helps society to operate. The Rule of Law is a cornerstone of a civilised society. It defines rights and obligations and provides structure to institutions of government and commerce.

Marketing is key to the success of any commercial or not-for-profit organisation that exists to satisfy customer needs. Marketing focuses on anticipating and fulfilling customer needs through market research and marketing strategy formulation and implementation.

Philosophy is about solving problems that confront us as we try to understand the world, including ethical problems, problems about science, logical problems and problems about the nature of reality. 

Psychology is the study of behaviour. It is a broad subject that embraces all aspects of human experience and encompasses many different sciences.

Public Relations
Public Relations is the business of relationships, involving two-way communication between an organisation and the groups and individuals it deals with. Public Relations play an essential role in organisational sustainability as it involves maintaining good relationships.

Social Policy
Social Policy deals with issues that affect people, communities and society. It examines the policies and practices of government and non-governmental agencies and the impact of these on communities.

Social Work
Social workers work with individuals, families, whānau, groups, schools, iwi and communities, especially with disadvantaged members of society, for whom they may provide advocacy and other skills and services.

Sociology is the study of society: that is, how people organise and participate in groups and larger social structures, and how societies change.

Sport, Health and Human Performance (previously known as Sport and Leisure Studies)
Studying Sport, Health and Human Performance presents the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, understanding and professional skills relevant to careers in sport, education, health, recreation, fitness and leisure industries.

Waikato offers teaching qualifications that cover early childhood, primary and secondary education. 


Papers are taught in a variety of ways, including by Tauranga based University of Waikato and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (formerly Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic) academic staff or by Hamilton based academic staff teaching either by video conference link from Hamilton or travelling to Tauranga to teach in person.

Papers with the location code (TGA) are Tauranga papers. Tauranga-based students are also able to enrol in web based (NET) papers offered from the Hamilton campus. Some students complete their degrees entirely in Tauranga and some transfer or commute to Hamilton (HAM) if they want to enrol in papers not available in Tauranga.

Please note that all information in the Catalogue of Papers is provisional and subject to change without notice.

Check out the Tauranga Catalogue of Papers.