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Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Equivalent to 4 years of full-time study or equivalent part-time

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Entry requirements

To enrol in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science programme you must qualify for undergraduate admission, either through Bursaries and Scholarship Examinations, NCEA Level 3, New Zealand University Entrance, Admission with Equivalent Status, Discretionary Entrance or Adult Admission. Please visit http://enrol.massey.ac.nz for details. It is recommended students studying Science will have a good background in at least one of Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry depending on your major choice in the BSc component.

Click the Apply Now button to choose a specialisation. When you apply for your courses from 1 October, you will be required to select a specialisation for the other degree.

In order to transfer into a conjoint programme, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum B average in relevant prior study, and have passed all courses. Only Massey grades will be used for GPA calculation.
  • Must not have already completed the requirements of one of the component degrees (eg BA or BBus or BSc component).
  • Be expected to be able to complete the requirements of the conjoint programme within the timeframe.

Candidates who have studied at another tertiary institution should submit a verified academic transcript following their online enrolment application.

Courses from completed qualifications may not be cross credited into or between components of the conjoint programme.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

You should normally choose about half your credits for each year from each degree.

First year full-time students in the conjoint degree programme should enrol online for a total of eight courses (120 credits), including the 100-level courses required for the BA and BSc subjects they intend to study at 200-level. Generally your eight courses should include at least three courses from each of the BA and BSc degrees. Be careful to select the conjoint degree from the list rather than the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science.

In your second year you will need to take nine courses, so that by the end of the year you have passed at least 255 credits.

In your third year you will normally take a combination of 200- and 300-level courses which will allow you to complete your 300-level requirements in your fourth year.

Please note, once you are enrolled in the conjoint programme, you must:

  • Pass all courses
  • Maintain a B average
  • Pass courses in both the BA and BSc components each year of study
  • Complete the programme within 10 years of first enrolling.

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science structure

You need to pass a total of 510 credits (34 courses) to complete the qualification.

The BA part of the qualification consists of 255 credits (17 courses) to be made up of:

  • The Majoring requirements of at least one subject as specified for the BA with the exception of Business Psychology. You must choose courses from the BA Schedule.
  • The five compulsory Arts courses: 230.110, 230.111, 230.112, 230.210, and 230.310.
  • Courses 230.110, 230.111 and 230.112 must be completed within the first 120 credits of the BA component. Course 230.210 must be completed within the first 195 credits of the BA component.
  • You must obtain at least 45 additional credits (three courses) from courses in the BA Schedule B or C excluding courses with a prefix of 121, 160, 161.You may include courses with prefixes 121, 160, and 161 in the BA component only if they are listed on the schedule for a major in Environmental Studies, Mathematics or Statistics, and only if you are enrolled in that major.

The BSc component must be completed with a major and consists of 255 credits (17 courses) from Schedule A and B of the BSc Schedule as follows:

  • You must pass the core courses as listed in Schedule A.
  • You must meet the requirements of at least one BSc major in Schedule B.
  • The remaining credits must be made up from courses in Schedule B of the BSc. You may include courses with prefix 175 in the BSc component only if they are needed to meet the Majoring requirements for the Psychology major in that component.

A recommended structure for the conjoint degree is shown below:

Year 1

  • 230.110 Tūrangawaewae Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa (15 credits)
  • 230.111 Tū Kupu Writing & Inquiry or 230.112 Tū Arohae Critical Thinking (15 credits)
  • BA major courses (30 credits)
  • BSc core courses (60 credits)

Year 2

  • 230.111 Tū Kupu Writing & Inquiry or 230.112 Tū Arohae Critical Thinking (15 credits)
  • BA major courses (60 credits)
  • BSc core and major courses (60 credits)

Year 3

  • 230.210 Tū Rangaranga Global Encounters (15 credits)
  • BA major courses (45 credits)
  • BSc major courses (75 credits)

Year 4

  • 230.310 Tū Tira Mai Practising Engagement (15 credits)
  • BA courses (45 credits)
  • BSc courses (60 credits)

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

Majors or endorsements

For information about each of the majors/specialisations and their courses, see the major web page linked from the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programme pages.

The specialist areas or 'majors' within the Bachelor of Arts programme are:

  • Chinese
  • Classical Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Defence Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Māori Knowledge (name change from 'Māori Studies')
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Security Studies
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics

The specialist areas or 'majors' within the Bachelor of Science programme are:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Human Nutrition
  • Integrative Biology
  • International Agriculture
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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