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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 step into the professional world in your chosen career and successfully integrates theoretical learning with hands-on experience.

BSc(Tech)

The BSc(Tech) is a flexible degree, designed to provide you with the necessary practical experience to stand out among other science graduates.

It is internationally recognised, meaning you can find work anywhere in the world. A high percentage of graduates actively seeking employment find it within six months of graduating.

This degree includes 10 weeks of relevant work experience. The Cooperative Education Unit assists in matching students with placement opportunities, and offering reflective learning and skill development after the placements are completed.  Students are regularly offered permanent roles following their placements.

Heading into the workplace with a BSc(Tech) from Waikato means you'll have spent the summer between your second and third years gaining relevant work experience and, in most cases, being paid for your efforts.

To prepare you for the workplace and gain an understanding of how the business world works, the BSc(Tech) includes a workplace preparation paper prior to starting the work placement in addition to a wide variety of science papers.

The first year of the degree is similar to the BSc, enabling you to explore a range of scientific disciplines, broaden your opportunities and lay a foundation for you to build on, even if you haven't studied science before.

From second year your major will form the core of your degree and give you a much deeper understanding of a particular discipline. Minor subjects enable you to design a tailored programme that helps you differentiate yourself and ensure you have a unique skill set.

Our science minors will give you a taste of a complimentary discipline to broaden your knowledge and demonstrate the breadth of your scientific skills.  Alternatively, select a minor from a supporting non-science discipline to show employers you can apply yourself in a range of fields.

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.

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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,922 per year
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Fees (International): $30,280 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Conservation Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Conservation Ranger
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forensic Technician
  • Geologist
  • Geotechnical Officer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Marine Ecologist

Degree planner — Bachelor of Science (Technology) BSc(Tech) Overview

The BSc(Tech) contains distinct elements designed to increase employability and support your progress through the degree:

Science electives: A range of STEM papers to broaden your scientific skill set.

Quantitative skills: Across your degree, you should take two papers which increases your confidence in quantitative science. In many cases this will be met through papers ordinarily selected.

If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points.

Year 1

100 Level
Major

100 Level
Major

100 Level from
List A (see footnotes)

100 Level from
List A (see footnotes)

100 Level from
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100 Level from
List B (see footnotes)

Elective

Elective

Year 2

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

100 Level or above
from List B (see footnotes)

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Compulsory
  • Elective
  • Placement

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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.


New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Anne Shannon Scholarship  Closed

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.

Beef + Lamb Undergraduate Scholarship  Closed

For students who are studying towards a bachelors degree and/or an honours year in agriculture, science (including food technology), business and social science disciplines. These disciplines may lead to careers in the livestock, meat and related agribusiness sectors. The Scholarship is for up to four years and will pay full annual tuition fees, up to $5,000 per year.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering  Closed

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 $5,000.

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship  Open

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. Candidates must be intending to enrol full-time in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Candidates will sit a Scholarship exam, which will be held on 19 and 20 October 2018.
Closing Date: The Scholarship exam will be held on 19 and 20 October 2018

CRF Heinold Memorial Award  Closed

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.

Hamilton Zoo - University of Waikato Science & Engineering Scholarship  Closed

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.

Waikato Graduate Women Educational Trust Dame Jocelyn Fish Award  Closed

For female students who have been New Zealand Citizens or permanent residents for at least 2 years, and are enrolled full-time in the second year or above of a first degree, majoring in a non-traditional field for women (e.g. computer science, engineering, mathematics, The value of the award is $1,000 and is tenable for the course of the degree up to a maximum of three years.

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Work placements are a major feature of the BSc(Tech) and you will complete 10 weeks of relevant work experience during your degree.

Our Cooperative 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 Cooperative Education Unit at the University of Waikato is the leader in New Zealand for cooperative education programmes, with an average 350 students placed in industry every year.


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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