Bachelor of Science (Technology)

The Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech)) was the first degree of its kind in New Zealand and offers a unique approach to study. The BSc(Tech) is a flexible, job-oriented degree, which provides you with the necessary practical experience to bridge the gap between study and the workplace.

BSc(Tech) Benefits

  • Large practical component and small laboratory classes in most subjects.
  • Internationally recognised degree taught by expert staff.
  • Paid work placements to suit your interests.
  • A high percentage of graduates actively seeking employment find it within six months of graduating.

Move into the workplace with a BSc(Tech) from Waikato and you'll find it looks familiar. That's because you will already have spent 12 months of your degree gaining work experience and being paid for your efforts. Your first stint in the field will be for three months in your second year, followed by another nine months in your third year. During your practical experience, you will build connections with potential employers that will pay off when it's time to look for a job. Your hands-on experience will add credibility in your interviews.

The BSc(Tech) includes management papers as well as science and technology papers so you'll have a good understanding of the business of science by the time you graduate.

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BSc(Tech) Career Opportunities

  • Biotechnologist
  • Computer Network Administrator
  • Conservation Officer
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Forensic Technician
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Analyst

Practical Experience

A total of 12 months' work experience is a component of this degree. The Cooperative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees this placement, ensuring the quality and relevance of your work experience.

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Entry Requirements

You will be eligible to apply for this degree if you have University Entrance and meet any additional requirements for the qualification. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Some papers have specific entry requirements and if you do not have the required background you may be directed to take certain papers in your first year of study.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences offers challenge exams that give outstanding students credit for 100 level papers in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. By passing the exams, high-achieving students can be given direct access to some 200 level papers.

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Degree Structure

4 years - 480 points

This degree may also be taken as a conjoint. Find out more information on conjoint degrees.

It is recommended that students include 100 level prerequisites for any compulsory papers in their chosen major(s) in the first year of their programme of study.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Major Science Papers Elective Papers Management Papers
Compulsory Papers
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100* LEVEL 200^ LEVEL 300^ LEVEL  
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100 LEVEL Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Work Placement Preparation
Work Placement Reflection
Work Placement
Work Placement
Work Placement