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Looking for a short-term study option?  A certificate can help pave your way to future success, and is equivalent to the first year of study of a bachelors degree. It's a great way to gain an introductory qualification in a field of study.

A certificate can be taken in any of the following fields of study:

  • Arts
  • Communication Studies
  • Education
  • Environmental Planning
  • Law
  • Management
  • Māori and Pacific Development
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
  • Tourism

See below for a full list of subjects that you can complete a certificate in, under the subjects drop down menu.


Students must gain 120 points at 100 level or above, including 90 points in one field. Students must also meet any relevant field requirements. Normally a Certificate involves one year of full-time study.

Note: A candidate who has successfully completed papers for this qualification may apply to have them transferred to an undergraduate degree, before the qualification is awarded.

Undergraduate Certificate in Māori and Pacific Development

The Undergraduate Certificate and Undergraduate Diploma in Māori and Pacific Development are available to students who wish to study in a particular field without having to complete a whole bachelors degree.

To complete the requirements of the Undergraduate Certificate, students must gain 120 points at 100 level or above. At least 90 points must be gained in one field. Up to 30 points may be included from other undergraduate fields.

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Key information

Years: 1.0
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)

Entry requirements

You will be eligible to apply for a certificate if you have University Entrance or its equivalent. For more information see entry requirements.

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