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Subjects

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.


Accounting

Studying accounting is your pathway to working with clients to help them make their businesses more profitable and successful, and reduce their exposure to financial risk. With accounting you'll gain the skills you need to become a trusted business adviser and make strategic financial decisions for organisations.

In Tauranga:

In Tauranga, Accounting is available as a major subject under the Bachelor of Business. There are two ways you can structure your study - either by studying all three years at our new CBD campus, or by including a one-year pathway through Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Optional pathway from Toi Ohomai: It's also possible to complete the one-year NZ Diploma in Business (Level 5) at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, and then transfer into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Business (BBus) at the University of Waikato in Tauranga. You'll receive guaranteed credit for eight 100-level papers of the BBus (120 points), which may vary. If you want to major in Accounting or Finance, choose the NZDipBus - Accounting strand.

For advice before you enrol, please contact a Tauranga Future Student Advisor, email info@waikato.ac.nz or phone 0800 WAIKATO.


Adult Learning

The Adult Learning programmes equip graduates with the knowledge to work alongside adults in New Zealand tertiary institutions (adult and community education agencies, polytechnics, private training establishments, wananga and universities).


Animal Behaviour

Knowledge of animal behaviour is important for anyone interested in areas such as conservation biology of native birds, the control of pest species, evolutionary biology, population ecology and the efficient and humane management of farm animals.


Aquaculture

By studying Aquaculture as a major at the University of Waikato’s Tauranga campus, you will be at the centre of New Zealand’s prime growth area for aquaculture.


Biochemistry

Biochemistry – the study of life in chemical terms – is one of the fastest growing areas of modern science. You'll learn about the fundamental molecules of life – proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids – seeking to understand how they interact in living organisms, both in health and disease.


Biological Sciences

As a Biological Sciences student at the University of Waikato you will benefit from our practical and innovative approach to teaching, as well as one-on-one time with world-renowned researchers.

In Tauranga:

Start by enrolling in the NZ Diploma in Environmental Management - Marine or Terrestrial Level 6 with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Once you've completed the full two years of the diploma with at least a B grade average, you can then apply to enrol in the University's Biological Sciences papers offered in Tauranga.


Chemistry

Chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of all branches of science and for a wide range of industries.  A degree in Chemistry from the University of Waikato means you'll gain an excellent grasp of Chemistry theory, supported by a strong emphasis on practical expertise.


Civil Engineering

The world needs competent and trained Civil Engineering professionals to address the increasing challenges in urban and rural facilities and infrastructure.

In Tauranga:

From 2019, year 1 of the BE(Hons) in Civil Engineering can be completed in Tauranga. Years 2 and 3 of the degree need to be completed in Hamilton. Year 4 will be taught in Tauranga from 2023.


Community Health

Make a difference in your community and whānau by studying Community Health.

In Tauranga:

From 2019, a selection of papers in Community Health (and other Health, Sport, and Human Performance subjects) will be available in Tauranga. To complete a full BHSHP will require some study in Hamilton.


Computer Science

Computer Science is rapidly changing the world we live in. Studying Computer Science at the University of Waikato, you'll learn about software systems and how people and computers interact. You’ll also learn how to create new software, and ensure it's easy for people to use.


Earth Sciences

The demand for experts in Earth Sciences continues to grow as we look to better manage our soil, water, minerals, energy and coastal and marine resources, as well as understand natural hazards  such as floods, earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and volcanic eruptions.


Ecology and Biodiversity

In studying Ecology and Biodiversity you’ll learn about the distribution, abundance, and biology of organisms and their role in New Zealand’s most important ecosystems.

In Tauranga:

From 2019, you can study Ecology and Biodiversity as a major of the Bachelor of Science in Tauranga.

Pathway from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Start by enrolling in the NZ Diploma in Environmental Management - Marine or Terrestrial Level 6 with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Once you've completed the full two years of the diploma with at least a B grade average, you can then apply to enrol directly into year 3 of the BSc, and complete that year's papers in Tauranga.


Education and Society

Education and Society involves critical inquiry into the social, political, cultural, economic and personal theories and practices of lifelong education.

In Tauranga:

BSocSc students in Tauranga can major in Education and Society.


Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The world as we know it is continuously and rapidly evolving, with electrical and electronic engineers at the forefront of all practical technology that we require in order to solve society's needs for communication, clean energy, industry and climate change.

In Tauranga:

From 2019, year 1 of the BE(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme can be completed in Tauranga. Years 2 and 3 of the degree need to be completed in Hamilton. Year 4 will be taught in Tauranga from 2023.

Electronic Engineering

The work of electronic engineers is essential to our social, business and industrial lives.  New Zealand’s electronics manufacturing industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.  Our companies are targeting niche markets, such as telecommunications, and exporting their products all over the world.

In Tauranga:

From 2019, years 1 and 4 of the BE(Hons) in Electronic Engineering are available in Tauranga. You'll still need to complete years 2 and 3 in Hamilton.


Engineering

Engineering professionals are solving the world's problems and leading the way in innovation by improving infrastructure, building smarter technologies and finding alternative energy sources.

In Tauranga:

From 2019, years 1 and 4 of the BE(Hons) Electronic, Mechanical and Civil Engineering programmes can be completed in Tauranga. Years 2 and 3 of the degree need to be completed in Hamilton.


Environment and Society

The Environment and Society masters programme is designed for graduates of undergraduate qualifications in social sciences, environmental sciences, law, economics or management.


Environmental Engineering

Study Environmental Engineering at the University of Waikato for a career where you'll make a lasting impact on society by helping to protect and enhance our natural and man-made environments, while enjoying excellent job prospects.


Environmental Planning

Environmental Planning at Waikato develops your knowledge of how human behaviour affects the environment. We'll inspire you to understand how social, economic and cultural aspects, and the physical environment contribute to problems and provide solutions.


Environmental Sciences

The pressure on our environment is increasing as the human population grows. Environmental Sciences provide a basis for understanding environmental problems, and finding solutions to them.

In Tauranga:

From 2019, Environmental Sciences will be available as a Bachelor of Science major in Tauranga. Year 2 will be taught from 2020 and year 3 from 2021.


Ethics

The study of Ethics provides an excellent grounding in evaluative theory and reasoning for a professional future in the public service, the health sector, social work, with environmental agencies, and in business.


Finance

Finance is all about achieving the best return relative to risk, and helping organisations add value for their shareholders. Studying Finance at Waikato University will prepare you for highly paid positions in the financial and business sectors anywhere in the world.

In Tauranga:

You can complete the Bachelor of Business in Finance at our brand-new Tauranga CBD campus.

For advice before you enrol, please contact the University of Waikato Tauranga Student Services team.

Email: uwt@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 0800 WAIKATO


Gender and Sexuality Studies

Gender and sexuality shape virtually every aspect of our social relations, and contribute fundamentally to our sense of self.


Geography

Geography matters because it is about basic human relationships - between people and the environment, and between people and other people. Ranked among the top geography programmes in the world, the Geography programme at Waikato is the only solely human geography programme in New Zealand.


Health, Sport and Human Performance

Turn your passion into an exciting career by studying Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato. Our exciting study options will equip you with the latest knowledge and skills to excel in this dynamic environment.

In Tauranga:

A range of HSHP papers are available in Tauranga. Undergraduate students have options at levels 100-300, and higher-level papers are offered to postgraduate students as well. Online options are a part of the HSHP mix too.

Tauranga is also home to The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance, one of our specialist sports science facilities.


Human Development

Interested in the study of the human lifespan from conception and birth onwards? Human Development investigates how people develop throughout their lives and how cultural and social settings help to shape what is possible.

In Tauranga:

Students in Tauranga can complete a major in Human Development without leaving the Bay. A number of papers are taught at our Tauranga CBD campus, and you'll have online options to choose from as well.


Human Performance Science

Our Human Performance Science major represents a distinctive approach to sport and exercise science. Based on three pillars - performance physiology, performance psychology and performance monitoring and exercise prescription, this major clearly links to high performance sport.

In Tauranga:

From 2019, a selection of papers in Human Performance Science (and other Health, Sport, and Human Performance subjects) will be available in Tauranga. To complete a full BHSHP will require some study in Hamilton.


Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management at Waikato prepares you to play the important role of managing people's work and their environment. You'll be ready for a career in employment relations, human resources, workplace change and education and training.


Labour Studies

Labour Studies looks at the world of work and employment and the social environment in which they take place.


Law

Studying law is empowering as it affects every aspect of our life. Study Law at the University of Waikato - ranked as one of the world's top 250 universities for Law - and you'll be looking into why laws are made, who makes them, how they work and how to change them.

In Tauranga:

A range of Law papers are available in Tauranga. You can complete the entire one-year Diploma in Law (DipLaw) at our CBD campus, which gives you the option of either finishing with a Diploma or crediting your study towards a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) which you'd complete in Hamilton.

The BA in Law is also available to Tauranga students through a combination of online lectures and in-class tutorials.


Marketing

Marketing is all about satisfying customer needs and it'll open the doors to a huge range of careers – from advertising and brand management through to strategic planning and product development.

In Tauranga:

Tauranga students can study Marketing as a major subject of the Bachelor of Business.

For advice before you enrol, please contact a Tauranga Future Student Advisor, email info@waikato.ac.nz or phone 0800 WAIKATO.


Mathematics

Mathematics is a subject of vital importance that underpins many activities of our modern world. Employers recognise University of Waikato Mathematics graduates for their analytical and problem solving skills as well as their high level of numeracy, which are critical skills for a broad range of jobs.


Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering uses mechanics and energy principles to design, research, develop and manufacture tools, engines, motors and other devices.  At the University of Waikato we align what you learn with what industry requires.

In Tauranga:

From 2019, year 1 of the BE(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering can be completed in Tauranga. Years 2 and 3 of the degree need to be completed in Hamilton. Year 4 will be taught in Tauranga from 2023.

Māori and Indigenous Studies

As Indigenous world views become increasingly important to society, a rapidly emerging area of study is Indigenous Studies. The Māori creative and performing arts papers diversify your existing program and provide unique insights into Māori tikanga.

In Tauranga:

In Tauranga, Māori and Indigenous Studies is available as an undergraduate subject.


Māori and Pacific Development

Are you interested in the current aspirations and development issues of Māori and Pacific peoples? Our Māori and Pacific Development programme seeks to create highly skilled and culturally grounded graduates to assume a leading role in directing development initiatives of indigenous peoples.


Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori

Tikanga Māori (Māori Cultural Studies) teaches you the skills required for a community leadership role in the enhancement of Māori development. In today's rapidly evolving world you will establish a basic, yet necessary understanding of the Māori worldview and its relation to other cultures and worlds.


Māori Media and Communication

The study of Māori Media and Communication explores indigenous expression across new and emerging communication practices including social media, Māori broadcasting, film and creative performing arts.


Philosophy

Philosophy is for thinkers and doers. It's about solving real-life problems, and applying intellectual rigour to how we understand and interact with others, society and the world. Studying Philosophy at Waikato will teach you how to learn, think and write clearly, argue vigorously, and question deeply held assumptions and beliefs.

In Tauranga:

Students in Tauranga can complete a minor in Philosophy through a combination of papers taught at the CBD campus, and online.


Political Science

Political Science at Waikato offers a broad spectrum of political knowledge on both national and international issues. You'll seek answers to some of the most difficult political issues of today and gain skills for many potential career paths.

In Tauranga:

In Tauranga, Political Science is available as a major subject in these degrees:


Population Studies

Learn about Population Studies through the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis at Waikato and gain a solid, research-led understanding of the population issues facing developed and developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the South Pacific.


Primary Kakano Rua

Kākano Rua prepares students for teaching in English medium, bilingual (Māori and English) and Māori medium (total immersion) educational settings.

In Tauranga:

You can complete all three years of the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary - Kākano Rua) in Tauranga.


Psychology

Widely regarded as the centre of Applied Psychology in New Zealand, Psychology at Waikato offers numerous study options for those keen to pursue this remarkable discipline.

In Tauranga:

You can choose to take Psychology under any of these degrees:

It's possible to complete any of these Psychology qualifications without leaving Tauranga. Note that the range of non-core papers (e.g. those shown as "List A" in bachelor degree planners) available in Tauranga will differ to those available in Hamilton.


Public Policy

Explore how national, regional and local state institutions formulate and implement policies when you study Public Policy at Waikato. You'll also examine how non-profit organisations, individuals and businesses address issues of public concern.


Social Policy

Be a force for change. Study Social Policy at Waikato and develop a critical understanding of how policy-making impacts on every person, regardless of their age, ethnicity or gender – then learn how to influence it.

In Tauranga:

Students in Tauranga can complete a Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) majoring in Social Policy, or make Social Policy a minor or supporting subject in most other Bachelors degrees.


Social Work

Social Work builds on the ambition students have for making a positive difference in the lives of others, producing passionate graduates for a growing industry. Qualified social workers are sought after both within New Zealand and overseas.


Sociology

Sociology at Waikato moves you beyond assumptions and explores who we are and our place in the world. You'll study human relationships and how societies form. Sociology at Waikato is highly respected and is a top 250 QS-rated subject.

In Tauranga:

In Tauranga, you can major in Sociology within these degrees:


Software Engineering

When you study software engineering, you'll be learning about how to use a scientific and disciplined approach to designing and developing complex software systems. You'll also learn how to operate and maintain such systems.  From ATM machines to smart phones to cars - many aspects of modern society are driven by software which we expect to operate correctly and be reliable and flexible at all times.

In Tauranga:

From 2020, year 1 of the BE(Hons) in Software Engineering is available in Tauranga. You’ll need to complete years 2, 3 and 4 in Hamilton.


Sport Development and Coaching

The Sport Development and Coaching major is based on an innovative combination of pedagogical and sociological studies of sport and active recreation.

In Tauranga:

From 2019, a selection of papers in Sport Development and Coaching (and other Health, Sport, and Human Performance subjects) will be available in Tauranga.


Statistics

Studying Statistics at the University of Waikato will help you to become a critical decision maker in industry.  You'll know how to collect and analyse data to lead organisations to informed decisions rather than just hunches or guesses.


Strategic Management

Strategic Management enables you to discern a company's potential, find new market opportunities, and develop a clear plan to achieve growth and success.

In Tauranga:

You can study Strategic Management in Tauranga as a major subject for the Bachelor of Business.

For advice before you enrol, contact a Tauranga Future Student Advisor.

Email: uow@waikato.ac.nz

Phone: 0800 WAIKATO


Te Tohu Paetahi

The first intensive te reo Māori immersion programme of its kind, Te Tohu Paetahi has paved the way for the revitalisation of te reo Māori for more than 25 years.  You can gain a Diploma in Te Tohu Paetahi or credit the programme towards your first year in a Bachelor of Arts. From 2019 the course will also be offered from our Tauranga campus.


Teaching (Early Childhood)

Prepare yourself for a career working in a variety of childhood settings with children from birth up to six years old. Gain theoretical and practical experience as you learn about all the aspects of Te Whariki – the Early Childhood curriculum.

In Tauranga:

You can complete all three years of the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood stream) in Tauranga.

Or if you already have an undergraduate qualification, Tauranga-based students can complete a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) through mixed media presentation. This means studying online, and attending two or three week-long block courses in Hamilton.


Teaching (Primary)

Teaching at the University of Waikato is a qualification that sets you up to become a skilled and reflective teacher. We produce qualified teachers who are in high demand both in New Zealand and around the world.

In Tauranga:

You can complete all three years of the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) in Tauranga.

Or if you already have an undergraduate qualification, Tauranga-based students can complete a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) through mixed media presentation. This means studying online, and attending two or three week-long block courses in Hamilton.


Teaching (Secondary)

Teachers are influential community members, making a difference to young people and their learning, knowledge and skill acquisition. They play a major role in helping their students develop their independence and success in their lives.

In Tauranga:

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) is available at least partially in Tauranga, with some online components. Curriculum area papers are largely Hamilton-only, although some are available in Tauranga or online.


Treaty of Waitangi Studies/Akoranga Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Are you passionate about New Zealand history and the constitution of our nation? Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi programme examines the relevance of the Treaty and how it impacts on the relationship between the tangata whenua (people of the land) and colonisation.


Work, Employment and Society

Work, Employment, and Society is an interdisciplinary subject concerned with the world of employment and work in the broadest sense, and the social and economic context in which they take place. Drawing from a number of disciplines students gain an understanding of contemporary issues such as the nature of work, industrial relations, labour market issues, workers' education and training, and international comparisons.


Writing Studies

Do you love expressing yourself in words? Enjoy a learning environment in which you can explore your creativity as a writer of poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. Acquire the skills in written communication that you can apply in business environments, or learn to write for digital media or for the screen.


Papers

Papers are taught in a variety of ways, including by Tauranga based University of Waikato and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology 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.