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January 2024

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October 2023

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  • Over 120 undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, across 150 subject areas
  • Ranked in the top 10 universities in New Zealand
  • Ranked in the top 260 universities in the world (QS)
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About

The University of Canterbury (UC) prepares students to find their path, live their dreams and change the world. With over 120 courses across undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study, education goes far beyond the classroom at UC, giving students a holistic learning experience.

Spread over 190 acres, the university campus at Ilam includes lecture theatres, laboratories, computer suites, studios and four libraries with 24X7 accessibility. There are 10 residence halls on the campus that accommodate nearly 2,279 students. In addition, there are about 15 bars, eateries, and cafes on the campus.

The University of Canterbury has five colleges and over 35 research institutes offering various degrees focused on teaching, physical education, forestry and language pathology. At UC, your students can join about 17,299 students and get a chance to study at a campus surrounded by expansive green spaces and the Avon River that flows adjacent to the University Drive and adds to the physical beauty of the campus.

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  • Doctor of Philosophy

    Academic Requirement

    Entry requirements:
    A student, before enrolling for the degree, must be approved by the Amo Rangahau | Dean of Postgraduate Research (or delegate) as having adequate qualifications, research experience and the ability to pursue the proposed course.
    A student for the degree must have either:
    qualified for an Aotearoa New Zealand equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with First or Second Class (Division I) Honours, or a master’s degree with Distinction or Merit, or a master’s degree with First or Second Class (Division I) Honours.
    been admitted with a degree of equivalent standing to those in Regulation 4(b)(i).
    In special circumstances, the Amo Rangahau | Dean of Postgraduate Research may approve the enrolment of a graduate who does not hold one of the qualifications under Regulation 4(b)(i), but who has produced satisfactory evidence of adequate research experience, training and ability to pursue the degree.

    English language requirements:
    IELTS Academic: An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    CAE or CPE: Score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
    TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, a minimum score of 19 in reading, writing, and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
    CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade
    Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
    ISE III with a pass in all 4 components.
    LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS.
    NZAPA - English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).
    NZCEL - Level 5.

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  • Master of Business Administration

    Upcoming intake

    September (09/09/2024)

    Deadline

    June (10/06/2024)

    Academic Requirement

    Entry requirements:
    To be admitted to the Master of Business Administration a student must have: either
    qualified for a degree of this University with a B Grade Average or better for all courses; or
    been admitted with Academic Equivalent Standing; or
    completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration with a B
    grade point average or better and not failed a course; and
    produced evidence of a minimum of five years of practical, professional or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind; and demonstrated a high proficiency in English.

    English language requirements:
    IELTS Academic: An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    CAE or CPE: Score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
    TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, a minimum score of 19 in reading, writing, and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
    CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade
    Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
    ISE III with a pass in all 4 components.
    LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS.
    NZAPA - English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).
    NZCEL - Level 5.

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  • Master of Civil Engineering

    Upcoming intake

    July (15/07/2024)

    Deadline

    May (01/05/2024)

    Academic Requirement

    Entry requirements:
    To be admitted to the Master of Civil Engineering a student must have:
    qualified for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering with First or Second Class Honours in an appropriate subject; or
    qualified for the Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering with a GPA of at least 5.0; or
    qualified for the Degree of Bachelor of Science with First or Second Class Honours in an appropriate subject; or
    been admitted with Academic Equivalent Standing for the Degree of Master of Civil Engineering; and
    been approved as a candidate for the Degree by the Amo Matua, Pūhanga | Executive Dean of Engineering or delegate.

    English language requirements:
    IELTS Academic : An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    TOEFL iBT : Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
    CCEL EAP : Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade
    CAE or CPE : Score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) : PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
    NZCEL : Level 5.
    FluentIQ : Overall mark of 8/10 with nothing less than a 7 being scored in a single category.
    LanguageCert : C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS.
    NZAPA : English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2)

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  • Master of Engineering Studies

    Upcoming intake

    July (15/07/2024)

    Deadline

    May (01/05/2024)

    Academic Requirement

    Entry requirements:
    To be admitted to the Master of Engineering Studies, a student must have either:
    qualified for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering with First or Second Class Honours; or
    qualified for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering with a GPA of 5 or more; or
    qualified for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Science with First or Second Class Honours in appropriate subjects; or
    in exceptional circumstances, qualified for the award of an appropriate degree in Aotearoa
    New Zealand; or
    been admitted with Academic Equivalent Standing; and
    been approved as a student for the degree by the Amo Matua, Pūhanga | Executive Dean of Engineering or delegate based on relevance and standard of previous study.

    English language requirements:
    IELTS Academic : An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    TOEFL iBT : Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
    CCEL EAP : Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade
    CAE or CPE : Score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) : PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
    NZCEL : Level 5.
    FluentIQ : Overall mark of 8/10 with nothing less than a 7 being scored in a single category.
    LanguageCert : C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS.
    NZAPA : English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2)

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  • Professional Master of Computer Science

    Upcoming intake

    February (19/02/2025)

    Deadline

    August (19/08/2024)

    Academic Requirement

    Entry requirements:
    To be admitted to the Professional Master of Computer Science a student must have:
    satisfied the Admission Regulations for admission to the University; and
    qualified with an Aoteroa New Zealand Bachelor’s degree in the field of computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or a similar field with either:
    a B Grade Average in 300-level courses; or
    recognition of prior learning and/or experience in the field, including any qualifying programme, as approved by the Tumuaki Tari | Head of Department; or
    been admitted with Academic Equivalent Standing and
    been approved as a candidate for the degree by the Amo Matua, Pūtaiao | Executive Dean of Science or delegate.

    English language requirements:
    IELTS Academic : An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    TOEFL iBT : Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
    CCEL EAP : Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade
    CAE or CPE : Score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) : PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
    NZCEL : Level 5.
    FluentIQ : Overall mark of 8/10 with nothing less than a 7 being scored in a single category.
    LanguageCert : C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS.
    NZAPA : English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2)

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  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

    Upcoming intake

    July (15/07/2024)

    Deadline

    April (30/04/2024)

    Academic Requirement

    Entry requirements:
    To be admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours a student must have: either
    qualified for a bachelor's degree, and either
    satisfied the prerequisites for the major as specified in Schedule S to these Regulations, or
    completed a qualifying course prescribed by the Amo Matua, Umanga | Executive Dean of Business or delegate; or
    been admitted with Academic Equivalent Standing for the Degree of Bachelor of Commerce with Honours.
    been approved as a student for the degree in that major by the Amo Matua, Umanga | Executive Dean of Business or delegate; and
    approval from the relevant Heads of School or Department if completing more than one major (Combined Honours).

    English language requirements:
    IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
    CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
    TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
    CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
    FluentIQ: Overall mark of 8/10 with nothing less than a 7 being scored in a single category.
    ISE II with distinction in all 4 components.
    LanguageCert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.
    NZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 2 (with no skill lower than Level 1).
    NZCEL: Level 4 - Academic endorsement.

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  • Bachelor of Health Sciences

    Upcoming intake

    July (15/07/2024)

    Deadline

    April (30/04/2024)

    Academic Requirement

    Entry requirements:
    International Baccalaureate Diploma: minimum of 24 points.
    The literacy requirement for admission to university will be met if the IB diploma has been completed with English as the language in any of:
    Language A: literature (SL or HL)
    Language A: language and literature (SL or HL), or
    Language B: (HL)

    One or more courses or research may require vaccination
    The government has announced new vaccination requirements for the health and education sectors. At UC, our programmes are strongly connected to our communities of practice. For many of our programmes, you will not be able to complete research or practice-oriented courses if you are not vaccinated. This is due to research/practice taking place in health centres and schools/kura where all employees and volunteers are required to be vaccinated.
    For these courses you will be required to be vaccinated in line with the NZ Government regulations, and supply evidence of your vaccination status.

    Recommended preparation
    Entry to a BHSc degree is open to anyone who gains entrance to UC.

    For some majors, a background in biology, chemistry, and statistics can be beneficial. If you would like more background in these areas, Headstart preparatory and summer catch-up courses are available.

    English language requirements:
    IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
    CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
    TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
    CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
    FluentIQ: Overall mark of 8/10 with nothing less than a 7 being scored in a single category.
    ISE II with distinction in all 4 components.
    LanguageCert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.
    NZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 2 (with no skill lower than Level 1).
    NZCEL: Level 4 - Academic endorsement.

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  • Bachelor of Psychological Science

    Upcoming intake

    July (15/07/2024)

    Deadline

    April (30/04/2024)

    Academic Requirement

    Entry requirements:
    International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points and English as the language in any of:
    Language A: literature (SL or HL)

    Language A: language and literature (SL or HL), or
    Language B: (HL)

    English language requirements:
    IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
    CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
    TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
    CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
    FluentIQ: Overall mark of 8/10 with nothing less than a 7 being scored in a single category.
    ISE II with distinction in all 4 components.
    LanguageCert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.
    NZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 2 (with no skill lower than Level 1).
    NZCEL: Level 4 - Academic endorsement.

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  • Scholarships

    • Te Kura Umanga UC Business School South East Asia Award - Up to NZ $7,000 assistance with international fees.
    • Eamon Molloy Memorial Scholarship - $10,000
    • Te Kura Umanga UC Business School Dean’s Award - Up to NZ$7,000 assistance with international fees
    • C S McCully Scholarship - $2,000
    • Dr Russell Smith Memorial Scholarship - $2,000

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