How to apply

If you're interested in applying for the Science Scholars programme, you'll find all the information you need below.

How to apply – school leavers

Applications close Friday 28 January 2023. 

What are the entry requirements?

The Science Scholars programme is aimed at students exhibiting intellectual curiosity and a passion for science in a broad context. We are particularly interested in students who excel beyond formal tests and assignments. As part of the application process you will be asked for a referee report from a science teacher and to write an essay. These items, along with your grades, will form the basis for our decision on who to admit.

You must apply for admission to a BSc or BAdvSci(Hons) before applying for the Science Scholars programme.

Applications are considered against four selection criteria. While academic achievement is important we are equally interested in your personal statement and the content, depth and originality of your essay.

Essay

Write a 800-1000 word essay based on the following prompt:

Scientific explorations, big and small, can provoke strong emotional responses: describe a scientific hypothesis, study, or result that has really excited – or unsettled – you.

Although this is a personal response essay, referencing is expected where appropriate. You may like to comment both on the science and your response to the science.

Please ensure your full name and your University of Auckland ID number is on the essay. You should combine this into one file together with your personal statement (please see below) and submit this file to Turnitin

For assistance on using Turnitin, including creating an account, please see the Turnitin help guides.

The course ID you need to enrol in is 30393287 and the enrolment key is slscischol.

Why is this programme for you?

A 300-character (including spaces) statement that concisely addresses why you are interested in the Science Scholars programme is required. This should also be submitted through Turnitin, together with your essay. Please see the details above. Please don't forget to include your full name and University of Auckland ID number.

Reference

A character reference is required. Please download the form below. This should be submitted to us directly by your nominated referee. They can either post to the address on the form, or scan and email it to scischol@auckland.ac.nz.

Academic achievement

Successful applicants will be asked to provide their rank scores for NCEA, CIE or IB.

In exceptional circumstances other candidates may be considered.

We will be able to access your grades at the end of the year, provided you have submitted your BSc or BAdvSci(Hons) application.

Closing dates

The closing date for entry into the 2023 intake for the Science Scholars programme is Friday 28 January 2023.

If you wish to secure guaranteed accommodation in O'Rorke Hall, we must receive your application by Friday 24 September 2021. You must make sure you apply for accommodation in O'Rorke Hall directly with the Accommodation Office as well.

Your application is not complete until we receive your statement, essay and a reference.

How to apply – current undergraduates

In 2022 we will be looking at taking a small number of students into the second year of the Science Scholars Programme. You should be currently enrolled in a BSc (this can be part of a conjoint) or the BAdvSci (Hons). You must have at least two years of your degree remaining at the beginning of 2022. You have the option of joining our first year cohort if you have three years left in your degree.

Applications are considered against three selection criteria. While academic achievement is important we are equally interested in your personal statement and the content, depth and originality of your essay.

Essay

Write an 800-1000 word essay based on the following prompt:

Scientific explorations, big and small, can provoke strong emotional responses: describe a scientific hypothesis, study, or result that has really excited – or unsettled – you.

Although this is a personal response essay, referencing is expected where appropriate. You may like to comment both on the science and your response to the science.

Please ensure your full name and your University of Auckland ID number is on the essay. You should combine this into one file together with your personal statement (please see below) and submit this file to Turnitin.

For assistance on using Turnitin, including creating an account, please see the Turnitin help guides

The course ID you need to enrol in is 30393237 and the Enrolment key is ugscischol.

Why is this programme for you?

A 300-character (including spaces) statement that concisely addresses why you are interested in the Science Scholars programme is required.

This should also be submitted through Turnitin, together with the essay. Please see the details above. Please don't forget to include your full name and University of Auckland ID number.

Academic achievement

As a guideline, successful applicants are likely to achieve a GPA of 7 (A- average) in their first year. It should be noted that this is indicative and will form only one part of the overall assessment of an application. In exceptional circumstances other candidates may be considered.

Closing date

The closing date for entry into the 2021 intake for the Science Scholars programme is Friday 28 January 2022.

Your application is not complete until we receive both your statement and an essay.

Strive Towards Science Award

If you're applying to the Science Scholar Programme as a school leaver and are then accepted, your essay will be automatically entered into our Strive Towards Science Award. Your acceptance into the programme will not depend on this, and if you'd prefer not to be considered for the award, let us know by ticking the box in your application.

Frequently asked questions

Can I be a Science Scholar if I am studying Biomedical Science?

If you are studying Biomedical Science, you can be a Science Scholar, provided you don't want to gain entry into the MBChB programme. The requirements for entry into Medicine mean your first-year courses are completely prescribed, and you don't have the flexibility to choose.