Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City, Grafton, Manukau, Tāmaki
Points
360
Programme type
Undergraduate
Conjoint options available

Programme overview

If you have a mind for science and you’re keen to keep your options open, then the BSc is the degree for you. With many undergraduate majors in a wide range of subject areas, the BSc will allow you to incorporate different areas of interest and expertise. As well as strongly emphasising transferable skills to improve your employment opportunities, this programme will expose you to cutting-edge technologies and provide a gateway to independent research. Throughout your undergraduate degree you’ll be taught by knowledgeable scientists, many of whom are major contributors in their field.

Read the full programme regulations for the Bachelor of Science in the University of Auckland Calendar.

Conjoint options

Conjoint programmes let you pursue two undergraduate bachelors degrees at the same time.

Learn more about conjoints

Programme structure

To complete a BSc degree you need to pass courses totalling 360 points. Each course is worth 15 points, and you will need to complete courses from at least three different subjects. In doing so, you will need to satisfy the requirements of either one or two majors. The following is a sample structure for a full-time student completing the programme over three years.

  • Year One – Most students enrol in eight courses for up to three different majors to discover their interests and strengths. In later years they will choose up to two subjects on which to concentrate. These will then become their major(s).
  • Year Two – You will enrol in a range of more advanced courses relating to your choice of major(s), as well as other related areas within the science schedule to add depth to your knowledge.
  • Year Three – In your third year you must complete at least 75 points (five courses) at Stage III, of which 60 points (four courses) must be in your majoring subject.
  • Each major usually has a range of core and elective courses.
  • Your degree must also include at least 30 points (two courses) from the General Education Schedule.
  • You may include 30 points (two courses) from subjects outside of the Science schedule – Arts, Business, Economics and so forth – in addition to your two General Education courses.

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You are guaranteed entry to this programme if you meet these requirements.

  1. First, you must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.
  2. You must also meet the rank score for this programme. Not sure about your rank score? Use our rank score calculator.
  3. You may need to have studied certain subjects or achieved credits in particular subjects.
  4. Some programmes have additional requirements, such as an interview, portfolio or references.
Rank score, subject and credit requirements

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. Higher scores are required for Biomedical Science, Food Science and Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences, see New Zealand secondary school applicants entry requirements. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

  • NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement165

  • CIE Cambridge International Examinations170

  • IB International Baccalaureate26

Read more about entry requirements for New Zealand secondary school applicants.

Further requirements
  • Higher scores are required for Biomedical Science, Food Science and Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences, see New Zealand secondary school applicants.
  • If you are intending to study Biomedical Science as a pathway to the MBChB degree, you must complete (within one academic year, excluding Summer Semester) the eight required first-year courses in the Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science). Only the first attempt for these courses will be considered for medical admissions in the First Year category. If you are applying from another institution please contact scifac@auckland.ac.nz to discuss.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification, if you meet these requirements.

Grade requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Science. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. You can also gain entry if you have met the guaranteed entry requirements through New Zealand secondary school qualifications, which must have been completed within the last two years. Higher grades are required for Biomedical Science, Exercise Sciences, and Food Science and Nutrition.

Further requirements

If you are applying for Biomedical Science, Exercise Sciences, or Food Science and Nutrition you must have a GPA or GPE of 4.0. Entry to the Biomedical Science major is not guaranteed.

You must have completed one semester’s successful bachelors degree study from a New Zealand university or one year’s successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree or bachelors-level qualification from a New Zealand non-university tertiary institution.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

My highest qualification is from this country:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You need to have one of the following:
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.

Grade, subject and other requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place. Your GCE A level score is calculated on the best three academic subjects and General Studies cannot be included. Higher scores are required for Biomedical Science, Food Science and Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences.

Further requirements
  • If you are applying for Biomedical Science you will need an IB score of 33 or a GCE A Level score of BBB.
  • If you are applying for Exercise Sciences you will need an IB score of 27 or a GCE A Level score of BBC.
  • If you are applying for Food Science and Nutrition you will need an IB score of 29 or a GCE A Level score of BBC.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution if you meet these requirements.

Grade requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Science. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. Higher grades are required for Biomedical Science, Exercise Sciences, and Food Science and Nutrition.

Further requirements

You must have completed one year’s successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised university (or similar institution).  

If you are applying for Biomedical Science, Exercise Sciences, or Food Science and Nutrition you must have a GPE of 4.0. Entry to the Biomedical Science major is not guaranteed.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

  • Bridge your educational gap with a preparation and foundation programme.
  • If you have an offer of place from us that is conditional on meeting English language requirements, you may be considered for English Pathway courses from the University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA)
  • If you are 20 on or before the first day of semester, have no formal University Entrance (UE) qualification, and are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident you can apply for special admission.

How much does a Bachelor of Science cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$5,882.40 – $6,784.80*
International students
NZ$32,392*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

Please note: Application closing date for Exercise Sciences is 1 December 2017.

The date below is the closing date for all other majors.

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

Where could this programme take you?

Because science plays a vital role in addressing the key issues that confront us and future generations, studying the Sciences opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Students find employment in business, small industry, government, teaching and health sectors, as well as research and development.

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