The Faculties and School of Studies
The University comprises the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Education, Law, Management, and Science and Engineering, and the School of Māori and Pacific Development.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences encourages its students to be flexible, self-directed, and lifelong learners. It fosters excellence in learning and scholarship and encourages and provides opportunities for students to become critical thinkers, communicators, facilitators and innovators for change and caring individuals. It offers a wide range of qualifications from undergraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees through to masters and doctorate degrees. Academic and research excellence underpin learning and teaching in programmes designed to foster creativity, critical thinking, active learning and a unique combination of social responsibility, theory and advanced practical skills in a variety of specialist disciplines. Graduates are equipped with advanced knowledge and expertise in their specialist area along with essential skills that include literacy, communication, reasoning and research. Added to these, graduates gain a theoretical and practical understanding of people and society, and a broad knowledge of culture, society and history that provides a global focus and the capacity for judgement and creativity in an international community. Programmes incorporate explicit pathways into the workforce as well as to higher degrees.
Students may choose from more than 30 subject areas within our general undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. The Faculty also offers specialist four-year degrees in Environmental Planning and Social Work, specialist undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in music and media and creative technologies, and specialist postgraduate degrees in applied linguistics and applied psychology in the fields of community psychology, behaviour analysis, organisational psychology, clinical psychology and clinical animal behaviour. MPhil and PhD research degrees are offered across a range of Arts and Social Sciences subjects. A Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) is also available.
Further information is available on the website: www.waikato.ac.nz/fass.
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 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 with or without honours, the three-year Bachelor of Science, and the three-year Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design. Students interested in software engineering can study towards a four-year Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree in Software Engineering within the Faculty. These degrees prepare students for a range of the many professions that depend on subjects offered by the Faculty.
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 Science (Research), the Master of Computer Graphic Design, the Master of Cyber Security, 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 teacher's college of education in New Zealand to merge with a University, the first to offer a degree in sport and leisure studies, the first to offer a teacher education programme online, and the first to offer a masters degree in initial teacher education.
The Faculty has a strong commitment to research informed practice with two institutes: the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER) and the Institute of Professional Learning (IPL); and four research centres: the Early Years Research Centre (EYRC), the Educational Leadership Research Centre (ELRC), the Centre for Global Studies in Education (CGSE); and the Technology, Environmental, Mathematics, and Science Education Research Centre (TEMS).
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 and one-year masters degrees in teacher education, prepare competent, knowledgeable and critically reflective beginning teachers. These 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: http://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 and Certificate of Attainment in Academic English prepare 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 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, Master of Science (Research), 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. 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 Technology, Environmental, Mathematics and Science Education Research Centre, The Energy Research Centre 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, Master of Media and Creative Technologies, 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.
The Waikato Management School is the business school of choice, respected nationally and internationally for its influential practice, relevant research, quality teaching and commitment to excellence. At the heart of its business is transformation - its purpose is to transform minds, careers and organisations. International connections mean that teaching and research is always at the cutting-edge of best business practice and the School's engagement with commercial and professional stakeholders mean students are learning practical knowledge skills. Waikato Management School students go on to become leaders in the public and private sector, graduating with essential business skills and knowledge. They have the ability to think critically and carefully and to act responsibly and ethically.
The School is a member of an elite group of business schools that have earned "Triple Crown" status - an international acknowledgment of excellence in business education. It is accredited by AACSB International (the US based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world's longest established assessor of business education, EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (The Association of MBAs). Only 1% of the world's business schools have met the strict standards of all three accreditation bodies and earned this distinction of excellence.
The Waikato Management School offers both general and specialist management undergraduate qualifications, as well as specialist masters programmes with either a professional or research focus on Management Studies, Electronic Commerce and/or Professional Management. It also offers general management masters degrees that develop 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.