Conjoint degrees

Learn how you can combine two bachelor's degrees together to shape a unique programme of study around your career passions.

What is a conjoint degree?

You can choose to shape your programme of study around your career interests and aspirations by combining two bachelor's degrees together, known as a conjoint degree.

Both qualifications must be studied at the same time (concurrently) so you can gain the benefit of having some core papers cross-credited to both degrees, saving you time and money.

The total number of points/papers required to complete a conjoint programme depends on the exact degree combination you choose.

Conjoint degrees will provide you with deep, advanced knowledge across two separate disciplines, and can make graduates more attractive to a wide range of employers. 

For example, combining a science degree (BSc) with a law degree (LLB) may prepare you for a career in patent law, forensics, insurance and a wide range of consultancy work.

Conjoint degrees combining arts (BA) or social sciences (BSocSc) with another degree are becoming increasingly popular for students wishing to pursue careers in policy and research.

For students considering a career in business or law, a BBus/LLB is another popular option.

Conjoint degrees can be challenging, as they take a few more years of study to finish compared to a regular three-year degree. Students are strongly encouraged to speak to a programme advisor if considering this option.

Other options to consider include a bachelor's degree with double majors; and graduate or postgraduate diplomas.

The regulations surrounding conjoint degrees can be found in the University of Waikato Academic Calendar and further information on the requirements for specific degrees may be obtained from the from the School or Faculty of study.

Generic example of a conjoint degree planner:

To complete a conjoint/double degree, you will need to complete at least 34 papers, or 510 points, depending on the degrees you have chosen. This can normally be achieved over 4.25 years of full-time study, or a shorter timeframe if you study extra papers over summer.

We strongly advise that you speak to a study advisor in BOTH schools of study before selecting your papers for each degree.

Please refer to the qualification regulations for bachelor's degrees.

The following conjoint programmes are offered:

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