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BSc(Tech)

Bachelor of Science (Technology)

The Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree provides you with an opportunity to gain practical, relevant work experience as part of your undergraduate degree.  This will help you to seamlessly step into the professional world in your chosen career and successfully integrates theoretical learning with hands-on experience.

Catherine Charleson

Biological Sciences
Hearing heart-warming pregnancy success stories from her patients is the ultimate reward for Catherine Charleson, who works in a Hamilton fertility clinic as a clinical embryologist.


Nicholas Kaun

Chemistry
With an excellent reputation for chemistry research, a relaxed campus, and a handful of scholarships on offer, former Saint John's College student Nicholas Kuan knew the University of Waikato was the right choice for him.


Ashleigh Weatherall

Animal Behaviour
Passionate to make a difference after seeing inadequate animal living conditions in Japanese zoos, Ashleigh Weatherall chose to pursue a Bachelor of Science (Tech) at the University of Waikato.


As a Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech)) student you will also complete 1200 hours of work experience – usually paid – with a company or organisation that suits your interests, and you’ll make valuable industry contacts which in many cases leads to part or full-time work.

Our Co-operative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals.

Your first stint in the field will be for three months after your second year, followed by another six months beginning in the summer break after your third year and continuing into your fourth year. Variations in the timing and duration of placements are possible.

In order to give you an understanding of how the business world works, the BSc(Tech) includes management and professional development papers, along with science papers.

Your BSc(Tech) degree is internationally recognised meaning you can work just about anywhere in the world.  A high percentage of graduates actively seeking employment find it within six months of graduating.

Facilities

The University of Waikato’s School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped laboratories. Most science papers include weekly laboratory sessions, giving you the chance to put what you’ve learnt in lectures and tutorials into practice. Our undergraduate students also have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and techniques, such as NMR spectroscopy and DNA sequencing.

Specialisations

Within the BSc(Tech) you may choose to specialise in:

Science International

Science International combines a science major with study in Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish. Science graduates who are familiar with the language and customs of other countries are of particular value to export-oriented industries.

Te Pūtaiao me ngā Take Māori (Science and Te Reo)

This specialisation enables students to pursue a science degree in a major subject while extending their knowledge of Māori language and culture.

Career opportunities

  • Biotechnologist
  • Geotechnical Officer
  • Conservation Ranger
  • Geologist
  • Forensic Technician
  • Marine Ecologist
  • Field Ecologist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Chemistry Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Software Developer

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
Years 4
Points 480
Domestic Fees $6,786 per year
International Fees $29,680 per year

Subjects

These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Science (Technology)

TITLE TYPE
Accounting
Animal Behaviour
Anthropology
Applied Computing
Biochemistry
Biological Sciences
Biotechnology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Creative Practices
Creative Technologies
Design Media
Earth Sciences
Education Studies
Electronic Business
Electronics
English
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences
Ethics
Finance
Geography
History
Human Development
Human Resource Management
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
International Languages and Cultures
International Management
Labour Studies
Law
Leadership Communication
Linguistics
Maori Media and Communication
Marketing
Materials and Processing
Mathematics
Music
Māori and Pacific Development
Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Philosophy
Political Science
Population Studies
Psychology
Public Policy
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Social Policy
Sociology
Sport and Leisure Studies
Statistics
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Development
Tourism Management
Tourism Studies
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing Studies

Anne Shannon Scholarship

For students who are studying towards a degree with a major in Biological Sciences or are enrolled in a specified programme including a major in Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of $2,500 per year for two years.

Closing Date: 2015-11-15 23:59:00

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2016-04-15 23:59:00

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 and who are a NZ citizen, permanent resident or international student studying at a New Zealand High School. Must be intending to enrol full-time in the first year of a BCMS, BSc, BE(Hons) or BCGD degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Students will sit a Scholarship exam.

Closing Date: 2016-09-23 17:00:00

CRF Heinold Memorial Award

For students who are enrolled in the second or third year of a BSc(Tech) or BE(Hons) and are enrolled in as least one of the prescribe placement papers as outlined in the regulations. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000 plus a placement in the area of meat production.

Closing Date: 2016-10-31 23:59:00

Hamilton Zoo - University of Waikato Science & Engineering Scholarship

For students who are enrolled full-time and have completed the second year of the Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree. The scholarship will have a value of $14,000 and a one year placement with the Hamilton Zoo.

Closing Date: 2016-09-01 23:59:00

Science Admission Fees Scholarship

For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time in the first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science(Technology) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and are performing well academically in their final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000.

Closing Date: 2016-08-31 23:59:00

Work placements are a major feature of the BSc(Tech) and you will complete 1200 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.

Our Co-operative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and monitoring the quality of your work experience.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take to your interviews.

The Co-operative Education Unit at the University of Waikato is the leader in New Zealand for co-operative education programmes, with an average 250 students placed in industry every year.

If you have achieved University Entrance through NCEA you will be accepted into this degree.

Discretionary Entrance

Applicants will normally be granted Discretionary Entrance if they have gained a total of at least 80 credits in NCEA at Level 2 in four subjects equivalent to the approved subjects for University Entrance in NCEA at Level 3, with a minimum grade of Merit in at least half of the achievement standards for each subject. Applicants must also have satisfied the numeracy and literacy requirements of University Entrance.

Applications must be supported by the applicant’s school principal or a University Student Recruitment Adviser.

Special Admission

Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants 20 years old and over by the beginning of their programme of study will be accepted, except those that are clearly insufficiently prepared for academic study. Preference may be given to applicants who have successfully completed appropriate Waikato Pathways College bridging programmes.

Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study

Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.

Pathways

Individual papers may require previous experience in this subject. However, there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field. Please seek advice from the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254
Email: science@waikato.ac.nz
Website: sci.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/WaikatoScienceEngineering

Degree Structure

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
100 LEVEL
200 LEVEL
300 LEVEL
200/300 LEVEL *
100 LEVEL
200 LEVEL
300 LEVEL
200/300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL *
200 LEVEL
300 LEVEL
SCIE373
Work Placement
100 LEVEL *
200 LEVEL *
300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL *
200 LEVEL
200/300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL *
200 LEVEL
200/300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL *
SCIE279
Work Placement Preparation
SCIE379
Work Placement Reflection
100 LEVEL
SCIE371
Work Placement
SCIE372
Work Placement
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Major
Science Paper
Elective Paper
Compulsory Paper
Management

*These papers should be recognised science papers offered by the Faculties of Science & Engineering and Computing & Mathematical Sciences (except MATH168) and selected Philosophy and Psychology papers, and, at 100 level, should be taken across at least four science subjects.