The Faculties and Schools of Studies
The University comprises the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Education, Law, Management, Science and Engineering and the School of Māori and Pacific Development.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a wide range of qualifications from undergraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees through to masters and doctorate degrees. Subjects taught within the Faculty range from English, philosophy, political science, modern foreign languages and the performing arts to psychology, sociology, labour studies, screen and media studies, as well as a number of others. The undergraduate degrees offered are the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Environmental Planning, Bachelor of Social Sciences, Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Tourism. The Faculty’s graduate programmes include Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours, Bachelor of Media an Creative Technologies with Honours, Bachelor of Music with Honours, Bachelor of Tourism with Honours, Master of Arts, Master of Arts (Applied), Master of Applied Psychology, Master of Environmental Planning, Master of Music, Master of Social Sciences as well as certificates and diplomas at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including specialist postgraduate diplomas in psychology and second language teaching. MPhil and PhD research degrees are offered across a range of Arts and Social Sciences subjects, and a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) is also available. As well as the expertise gained in their specialist areas, graduates of the Faculty are equipped with essential skills including literacy, communication, reasoning, research, a theoretical and practical understanding of people and society, and a broad knowledge of culture, society and history.
Further information is available on the website: www.waikato.ac.nz/wfass.
The Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences provides a stimulating environment of quality teaching programmes and world-class research, producing graduates well-matched for the challenges of the contemporary and future workplace. The Faculty’s research excellence is seen in the 2003 and 2006 rounds of the national PBRF research assessment exercise in which the University of Waikato was ranked first in the subject of ‘Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Sciences’ and in the subject of ‘Pure and Applied Mathematics’.
The Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences offers qualifications in the subjects of Computer Graphic Design, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. At undergraduate level, the degrees available are the four-year Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, the three-year Bachelor of Science, and the three-year Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (in conjunction with the UCOL Whanganui School of Design). These degrees prepare students for a range of the many professions that depend on the subjects offered by the Faculty.
Students interested in software engineering can study towards a four-year Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree in Software Engineering within the Faculty. This degree is offered in conjunction with the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Advanced degrees offered within the Faculty include the Bachelor of Science with Honours, the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design with Honours, the Master of Science, the Master of Computer Graphic Design, the Master of Philosophy, and the Doctor of Philosophy. Certificate and diploma programmes at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level are also available.
Further information is available on the website: www.cms.waikato.ac.nz.
The Faculty of Education provides degree programmes in teacher education, sport and leisure studies, counselling, human development and education studies. It distinguishes itself among other education schools through its tradition and reputation for innovation, leadership and research.
The Faculty was the first college of education in New Zealand to merge with a University, the first to offer a degree in sport and leisure studies, and the first to offer a teacher education programme online. Leading research undertaken by staff through the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER) and the Centre for Science and Technology Education Research (CSTER) informs teaching and has been instrumental in shaping and developing New Zealand's curriculum, policy and practice.
The Faculty of Education offers a portfolio of qualifications at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Three and four-year degree programmes in teacher education, along with one-year graduate diploma programmes, prepare competent, knowledgeable and critically reflective beginning teachers. The programmes have New Zealand Teachers Council approval, enabling graduates to register as teachers in New Zealand. A range of specialist postgraduate certificates, diplomas and masters degrees provide qualified teachers with programmes that are practice-related and designed for professionals. The Sport and Leisure Studies programmes cover a broad range of topics such as outdoor adventure experiences, health-related fitness and performing arts. They provide graduates with a framework that critically examines the political, cultural, social, and economic forces that influence people's behaviour in relation to sport and leisure. The Faculty also offers majors in Education Studies and Human Development involving critical inquiry into the theories and practices of lifelong education and the study of human development across the life span. Counsellor Education programmes take a distinctive orientation emphasising what are often called narrative approaches in counselling and therapy. The Master of Counselling is approved by the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Further information is available on the website: www.education.waikato.ac.nz.
Within the Faculty of Education, the Waikato Pathways College offers educational programmes to enhance access to all levels of university study. The Certificate of Attainment in English Language Programme prepares international learners for tertiary study in English-speaking countries. A range of General English language courses is offered for people wanting to learn English for everyday life and social purposes. The pre-degree programmes Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies and Certificate of University Preparation provide pathways for students into university study. The Certificate of University Preparation programme is a full time one-semester programme for students who do not meet the entry requirements for study at a New Zealand university, or who need additional academic preparation. The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies programme is a full time two-semester programme for international students who are high school graduates but do not meet the entry requirements to study at a New Zealand university. Short-term language teacher training courses such as CELTA are available for students intending to work as language teachers in New Zealand or overseas. Short-term courses are also offered to universities and high school groups from around the world who wish to study English in tailor-made programmes. The College is an accredited and award winning IELTS testing centre, and short-term IELTS preparation courses are also available. Further information information is available on the website: www.waikato.ac.nz/pathways.
The Faculty of Law provides an innovative, student-focused Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in a stimulating academic environment. The Faculty’s founding goals of professionalism, biculturalism, and the study of law in context attract an exciting and diverse group of staff and students. The Faculty of Law remains at the forefront in integrating the teaching of law and technology into its LLB degree, and in providing sophisticated information technology for students. The Faculty of Law is also at the cutting edge in preparing students for real-life practice of law by its integration of practical skills in the degree.
The Law Honours degree is designed to provide academically able students with the opportunity to pursue advanced legal research. The Faculty offers two LLM programmes, MPhil, PhD, SJD and LLD degrees, and, in conjunction with the Waikato Management School, the Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution. The Diploma in Law is also offered as a qualification for those who wish to gain legal knowledge to advance employment and career development.
Further information is available on the website: www.waikato.ac.nz/law.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a range of innovative programmes for the undergraduate degrees of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, Bachelor of Science, and the Bachelor of Science (Technology). Graduate degrees offered include the Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Master of Science (Technology), all of which may be awarded with Honours, and the Master of Philosophy. There is also a range of graduate and postgraduate certificates and diplomas available. The Faculty provides strongly research-led education, and more than 240 students are enrolled in Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In the 2006 Performance Based Research Fund assessment, the Faculty was ranked first in New Zealand in Chemistry; Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour; and Molecular, Cellular and Whole Organism Biology. The Faculty hosts several research centres and a research institute including the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research, the Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research, the Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials, the Centre for Science and Technology Education Research, and the Environmental Research Institute. Further information is available on the website: http://sci.waikato.ac.nz.
The School of Māori and Pacific Development offers programmes in Māori language and linguistics, culture, customs, creative and performing arts, media and communication, Treaty of Waitangi, and development studies. Papers offered in the School lead to the award of the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development or Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies with a major in Māori and Pacific Development, Māori Media and Communication, Te Reo Māori, or Tikanga Māori. Te Tohu Paetahi is a Te Reo Māori specialisation taught through the medium of Māori with the first year devoted largely to the learning of te reo Māori. Two further specialisations, Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Māori Language are offered to students enrolled in qualifications offered by the Waikato Management School. The School also offers the Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Master of Arts, Master of Māori and Pacific Development, and a number of graduate and postgraduate certificates and diplomas. The School is noted for its strengths in teaching in the areas of Māori language, tikanga Māori and development studies. There is a strong, and growing, research culture and students may pursue research at masters and doctoral levels (for which a number of scholarships are available) as well as benefiting from opportunities to contribute to the School’s externally funded research and development contracts.
Further information is available on the website: www.waikato.ac.nz/smpd.
Throughout its 39 years, Waikato Management School has distinguished itself amongst New Zealand business schools by the relevance and rigour of its education and research, and its belief that business and enterprise are most successful when they improve the communities, societies, and nations in which they operate. The School’s commitment to inspire students, managers and leaders with fresh understandings of sustainable success is achieved through high quality research; excellent teaching; consulting with business; extensive international connections; and the knowledge and values that graduates take into the workforce.
The latest Tertiary Education Commission’s 2006 Performance Based Research Funding (PBRF) report ranked the School first in both the Management, and Accounting and Finance categories.
The School is proud that the quality of its research-led education has been independently endorsed by the world’s three leading accreditation agencies: the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Association of MBAs (AMBA), and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Together these accreditations are known as the Triple Crown, and it puts the Waikato Management School in a select group of leading business schools worldwide. Less than 1% of business schools globally have earned this distinction of excellence.
Waikato Management School offers Honours degrees to top students, graduate and postgraduate diplomas across 19 subject areas, and specialist masters degrees in Management Studies and Electronic Commerce. It also offers general masters degrees developing comprehensive management and leadership skills: a Master of Business and Management for recent graduates and a Master of Business Administration for participants with management experience.
Further information is available on the website: www.management.ac.nz.