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Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

Applicants are required to complete the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Level 3 Certificate. Schools and courses will have different requirements for merits and distinctions and for subjects relevant to the degree level study.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Applicants holding a good bachelor’s (Honours) degree will be considered for master’s degree entry. Certain Schools may also consider a high pass in a three-year ordinary degree from a recognised New Zealand university. However, as this is not the case for all Schools, we suggest that you confirm entry requirements directly with the relevant admissions team before making an application.

Applicants holding a master’s degree from a recognised university in New Zealand will be considered for PhD or doctoral research programmes.

English language requirements

All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of English language proficiency.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the ‘B2 level’.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English language policy, including a list of some of the English language qualifications we accept, can be found here.

Please note that, under certain circumstances, a university degree from New Zealand may be sufficient evidence of English language proficiency. Please check with the academic School you would like to apply to.

Additionally, under certain circumstances, the University may consider completion of the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) with high grades as evidence of English language proficiency.

Some Schools ask that the appropriate score has been met before you apply for a course, while other departments give conditional offers subject to applicants achieving our general entry requirement level of English Language proficiency before starting the course.

Other entry requirements

Please note that this is generic information only. Faculties and Schools have different entry requirements and some qualifications may not be acceptable for certain courses, so it is important to check with the School directly before you apply.

Some courses have additional entry requirements such as previous work experience, submission of written work with the application or previous study of a particular subject.