How to structure your programme

Many of our study programmes require you to select from a wide range of courses, offering more flexibility in your study choices.

All programme pages include quick facts and some include a sample degree structure diagram to show how you might achieve your degree, or extra information about how the degree is structured.

Points and courses

Your degree programme will probably consist of 120 points of full-time study per academic year. A 3-year degree involves 360 points, a 4-year degree involves 480 points and so on. Each programme page lists the number of points you need to achieve.

Most full-time students study 8 courses worth 10-30 points each per academic year. As a general rule, the fewer courses you study the greater the points value per course.

Majors, minors and specialisations

You may have to choose a specialisation, a single or double major, or a major and a minor. This will be the focus of a large proportion of your degree programme as you study your chosen area to the most advanced undergraduate stage. Each programme page provides a list of majors, minors and specialisations where applicable.

Sample degree structure diagrams

Your degree will be divided into years or parts, depending what you are studying. Some degrees are also divided into stages, indicating the level of study within the degree.
The example diagrams below show three possible degree structures.

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

You might choose a double major in this programme. The example shows you studying 7 core courses with 1 major course in the first year. Over the next 2 years, you study 6 more courses for the first major and six courses for a second major. Over the same period, you also study 2 elective courses and 2 General Education courses.

Sample BCom degree structure

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

This degree follows a set structure with 7 core courses and 1 General Education course in your first year of study. This gives you an introduction to each discipline of Engineering, and at the end of the year you apply for a specialisation. You study your specialisation and core engineering courses through to your final year, with levels of study becoming more advanced each year.

Sample BE degree structure

How your work will be assessed

Assessment methods vary according to your course. Assignments and/or tests and/or practical work during the semester almost always contribute to your end-of-semester grade. Some courses are entirely assessed by semester coursework, but most combine coursework and a final exam.

Our degrees are unique

A unique feature of University of Auckland degree programmes is the General Education component. You choose 1 or 2 courses from a wide variety of subjects beyond your usual field of study, ensuring you receive a well-rounded education. These courses give you a greater understanding of New Zealand and its place in the world. You will mix with other students and be exposed to cross-disciplinary research opportunities.
Find out more about General Education.