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Waikato University makes it easy to study a broad range of subjects. Our flexible degree structure means you can take papers from a variety of disciplines, and shape the qualification that will keep your skills in demand. So whether you want to study subjects as diverse as music and law, or biology and economics, choose from our comprehensive list of undergraduate subjects below to start your journey towards an exciting new future.
For a full range of subjects, visit our Catalogue of Papers.

Far more than number crunchers, accountants are often found in high-level management where financial control, legal compliance and leadership skills are essential.

Agriculture is the backbone of New Zealand's economy. Agribusiness and Agricultural & Biosystems bring together all the organisations and businesses involved in food production; including farming, distribution, processing, marketing and sales.

Animal Behaviour
Animal Behaviour is the study of behaviour patterns in animals (including humans), and of how the behaviour of individuals helps to determine the density and distribution of populations. A knowledge of animal behaviour is of increasing importance in areas such as evolutionary biology, conservation biology, and the efficient and humane management of farm animals.

Anthropology at Waikato is the subject for students who are interested in people in all their wonderful diversity.

Applied Computing
Applied Computing gives you the practical technological skills to provide effective business solutions.

Biochemistry is the explanation of life in chemical terms. It involves the study of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids, which are the fundamental molecules of life. Biochemists try to understand how these molecules interact in living organisms, in health and disease.

Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences is for those who love life. Whether you want to stand in a metre of mud, on top of a tree, perhaps under the sea or on a kilometre of Antarctic ice, biology is for you.

Biotechnology is the application of science and engineering to develop useful products from biological materials. Biotechnology is a very broad area, which ranges from cloning to cheese making, and its products include antibiotics, waste management technology and beer.

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering is concerned with producing and processing biochemicals and related materials, including the design and operation of bioreactors and bioseparation processes.

Chemistry is the science of substances – their structures, their properties and reactions that change them into other substances.

Civil Engineering
New Zealand needs competent and trained professionals in civil engineering practices that can address those challenges in urban and rural infrastructure including: construction, earthquake proofing, energy recovery, water/waste management, power generation, road networks, transport management, agriculture and forestry development.

Computer Graphic Design
Computer Graphic Design involves creativity, art, technology and the communication of ideas. Computer Graphic Design encourages students to reach beyond the boundaries of traditional graphic design and explore the huge potential of the digital environment.

Computer Science
Computer Science deals with the theory, design, analysis, implementation, efficiency and application of processes that transform information. The fundamental question underlying all of computer science is, “What can be automated?” Computer use in entertainment, industry, business, education and government is widespread, and the need for qualified professionals with a computing background continues to grow.

Creative Practices
Creative Practices at Waikato focuses on active arts, and will be attractive to students interested in the creative and performing arts such as music, Māori creative practices, dance and theatre, including their development, expression and interaction with technology, which is an increasingly important dimension of these cultural practices.

Creative Technologies
Creative Technologies is focused on the creative outcomes of applying new technologies across a range of media in advanced and emerging cultural and artistic fields.

Design Media
Design Media provides students with skills and knowledge in the area of computer graphic design. Students will develop the ability to work confidently in a basic range of digital and traditional media and be able to communicate both technically and creatively with other practitioners of design-based communication in commerce, education, government or the arts.

Earth Sciences
An understanding of earth and ocean sciences is vital if we are to sustainably manage Earth’s energy, water, mineral, soil and coastal resources. The earth sciences are also the key to predicting and managing natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and volcanic eruptions.

Economists are key players in decision-making. Their analytical skills help people, businesses and governments make the best choices with their resources.

Education Studies
Education is arguably one of the greatest influences not just on personal development but on society and nations.

Electronic Business
The growth of electronic commerce and the knowledge economy means organisations must have electronic business systems at the heart of their operation.

Electronic Engineering
Electronic engineering is concerned with the design, development, manufacture and application of electronic devices, circuits and systems.

New Zealand needs more engineers. Currently, only 800 engineers graduate each year; similar countries to New Zealand graduate double this number. Increasing the number of engineers trained is seen as essential for our country’s growth in technology-related enterprises.

Potential employers value people with trained minds and a creative approach to problem-solving. English is a discipline that stimulates these qualities.

Entrepreneurship will teach you to identify unique qualities of successful entrepreneurial business strategies and to implement those strategies in the creation of new business.

Environmental Engineering
As the world’s demand for materials, food and energy grows it will be environmental engineers who ensure that practices are developed to meet that demand, and contribute to protecting and enhancing our natural and built environment.

Environmental Planning
Do you care about the natural environment? Are you interested in making a difference to the world we live in? If so, then Environmental Planning could be the field for you.

Environmental Sciences
If we are to achieve environmental sustainability, we need to understand how the environment works and ensure we leave the world in a healthy functioning state for future generations.

The study of Ethics provides an excellent grounding in evaluative theory and reasoning for a professional future in the public service, the health sector, social work, with environmental agencies, and in business.

Interested in a great career that centres on money? Compound your opportunities with Finance. Finance is more than just deciding on a Kiwisaver scheme. It is the management of money, banking, investments and credit.

Geography matters because it is about basic human relationships: between people and the environment, between people and other people. A clearer grasp of Geography can provide insight into environmental problems and help us manage our resources more effectively.

History is the study of the past but also its impact on the present and future. People working in the media, education, politics, research and business need to know and understand aspects of our past.

Hospitality Management
The business of delivering a good time has many elements. Learn to integrate and manage hospitality operations to make lasting impressions.

Human Development
Human Development is concerned with the study of the human lifespan from conception onwards.

Human Resource Management
Excellent people skills are essential for good management.

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
Excellent people skills are essential for good management.

International Languages and Cultures
Speaking another language can increase your potential and marketability, especially if you choose to work overseas. Studying languages also allows you to learn a lot about the outside world which broadens your mind and enhances your understanding of different cultures and societies.

International Management
See the global picture. International Management deals with business activities that span continents and cultures.

Labour Studies
Labour Studies looks at the world of work and employment, and the social environment in which they take place.

Please see International Languages and Cultures.

Many of our everyday actions are influenced by the legal system. The law provides a structure that helps society to operate.

Leadership Communication
In management, communication is the one discipline that underlies everything. To manage is to communicate.

Linguistics is the scientific study of language and, given that language impinges on virtually everything we do, it is a broad and interesting subject.

Beyond advertising, marketing affects the products that are available to us, what we see, where we travel, and what we do in our leisure time.

Materials and Process Engineering
Materials and Process Engineering combines chemical, mechanical and materials engineering to produce professional engineers with a wide range of skills for the processing and manufacturing industries.

Materials and Processing
Materials and Processing is concerned with all the processes and activities of converting raw and commodity materials into valuable products for manufacturers or the end consumer.

Mathematics is a subject of vital importance which underpins many activities of modern society.

Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering uses mechanics and energy principles to design, research, develop and manufacture tools, engines, motors and other devices.

We teach Western classical music from Baroque to Contemporary, through performance, composition and musical scholarship.

Māori culture and society make a rich and vibrant contribution to New Zealand’s distinctive character and culture.

Māori Medium Teaching
Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education is committed to the education and development of Māori. We cater for students seeking support and teaching qualifications, teachers interested in professional development and researchers keen to contribute new knowledge.

Philosophy is about solving problems that confront us as we try to understand the world.

Physics aims to understand the entire physical world, from the sub-atomic to the cosmological.

Political Science
In Political Science we study all aspects of political life, in New Zealand and overseas.

Population Studies
Our Population Studies programme has a social policy focus, which includes studying population trends, family structures, fertility and family formation, labour force and employment.

Psychology is the study of behaviour. It is a broad subject that encompasses many different sciences.

Public Policy
Public Policy is more than the study of government. It looks at how governments, non-profit organisations, and even individuals and businesses address issues of public concern.

Public Relations
Public Relations is the business of relationships. Public relations or PR involves two-way communication between an organisation and the groups and individuals they deal with. It requires listening to the constituencies on which an organisation depends as well as analysing and understanding the attitudes and behaviours of those audiences.

Screen and Media Studies
Screen and Media Studies integrates hands-on creative work and the intellectual challenge of critical thinking.

Social Policy
Do you want to have influence in making social policy? Then this is the programme for you.

Social Work
Social Work is a valuable and necessary profession in our society, particularly as society grows increasingly complex.

Sociology is the study of society: that is, how people organise and participate in groups and larger social structures, and how societies change.

Software Engineering
Software engineering is the scientific, disciplined and quantifiable approach to developing, operating and maintaining complex software systems. These software systems include operating systems, networks, real-time and embedded systems, distributed and parallel systems, as well as engineering, scientific and business application software.

Sport and Leisure Studies
Sport and leisure are important in our everyday lives. How we define them is constantly changing as society’s expectations change.

Statistics is the science of collecting and interpreting data. Almost every facet of modern life relies on some application of statistics.

Strategic Management
Imagine playing chess with money. Strategic management is about envisioning the future, finding opportunities and developing sound plans to see them through.

Supply Chain Management
From production line to store shelf, a practical understanding of how to efficiently manage the resources of an organisation is invaluable.

Waikato offers teaching qualifications that cover early childhood, primary and secondary education. They can be studied on site or online and with a specialisation in bilingual and immersion teaching.

Theatre Studies
In Theatre Studies you learn about performance, the evolution of theatre and the creation of performance works. The study programme is a mixture of theory and practice. The practical papers focus on performance and the technical skills needed to create theatre and engage audiences, while the academic papers focus on performance traditions and expose students to the work of some of the world’s most challenging playwrights and theatre practitioners.

The world’s largest industry significantly impacts New Zealand’s economy – we need experts.

Women's and Gender Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies takes a hard look at women’s lives, their status in society and dilemmas and contradictions in gender relations.

Writing Studies
Do you love expressing yourself in words? Would you enjoy a learning environment in which you could explore your creativity as a poet, or as fiction writer? Acquire the skills in written communication you will apply in business environments, or in public relations, or in professional speech-writing. Learn to write for digital media, or for the screen. Write more effectively in academic contexts.

Supporting Subjects

The following subjects are offered as supporting subjects only. Supporting subjects are subjects that complement your major subject. They are studied in some depth but not in as much depth as the major.

American Studies
There is no denying the awesome economic, political and cultural power of the United States. American Studies investigates the basis for this power and its impact on the world.

English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language (ESLA) refers to the learning of academic English, in an English-speaking country, by people whose native language is not English. These papers will help students whose first language is not English improve the skills they need for university study.

New Zealand Studies / Akoranga Aotearoa
New Zealand Studies/Akoranga Aotearoa is a multi-disciplinary humanities-based programme which turns New Zealand itself into the object of study.

Pacific Studies
Pacific Studies is an interdisciplinary programme which enables students to study a variety of topics relating to contemporary communities in the Pacific Islands and in New Zealand.

Social Science Research
Social Science Research is the activity of gathering, analysing and interpreting information for a variety of social, economic, educational and political purposes.

Studies in Religion
Religion is a universal phenomenon which is expressed in many forms. It has been a vital and pervasive feature throughout the course of human history.

Treaty of Waitangi Studies
Māori culture and society make a rich and vibrant contribution to New Zealand’s distinctive character and culture.

Can't find your subject?

For graduate and postgraduate subjects, refer to 'list of available subjects' section of the page for the relevant qualification (e.g. GradDip, PGCert). For a full range of subjects, visit the Catalogue of Papers.


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