The Faculties and School of Studies

The University comprises the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences; Computing and Mathematical Sciences; Education; Health, Sport and Human Performance; Law; Māori and Indigenous Studies; and Science and Engineering; as well as the Waikato Management School and Waikato Pathways College.

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. It offers a wide range of qualifications from undergraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees through to masters and doctorate degrees. Academic and research excellence underpin teaching and learning in programmes designed to foster analytical and critical thinking, creativity, social responsibility, and advanced practical skills in a variety of specialist disciplines. Graduates are equipped with knowledge and expertise in their specialist area along with essential skills, including literacy, communication, reasoning and research. Graduates gain a theoretical and practical understanding of people and society, and a deep knowledge of culture and history in a global context.

Programmes incorporate explicit pathways into the workforce as well as to higher degrees. Students may choose from a wide range of subject areas within our general undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. The Faculty also offers specialist four-year degrees in environmental planning and in social work, specialist undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in music, media and creative technologies, applied linguistics, and applied psychology (in the fields of community psychology, behaviour analysis, organisational psychology, clinical psychology and clinical animal behaviour). Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy 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 design, applied computing, computer science, mathematics, and data analytics. At undergraduate level, the degrees available are the four-year Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with honours, the three-year Bachelor of Science, and the three-year Bachelor of Design. Students interested in software engineering can study towards a four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree in Software Engineering. 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 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 Information Technology, the Master of Security and Crime Science, 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.

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education provides degree programmes in teacher education, social sciences in education, disability and inclusion, counselling, human development, digital learning and education and society. It distinguishes itself among other education schools through its tradition and reputation for innovation, leadership and research.

The Faculty was the first teachers’ college of education in New Zealand to merge with a university, 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 Centre for Educational Leadership Research (CELR), the Centre for Global Studies in Education (CGSE); and the Technology, Environmental, Mathematics, and Science Education Research Centre (TEMS).

Te Kura Toi Tangata 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 Education Council New Zealand 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 Faculty also offers a Bachelor of Social Sciences with majors in Digital Learning, Education and Society 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.waikato.ac.nz/education/.

Te Huataki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance provides an innovative platform for bringing together expertise from across the university to progress agendas that enhance the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live. In order to explore new ideas and ways of looking at issues and challenges that affect wellbeing and performance outcomes we work closely with partners across the community, and this helps us ensure we are at the forefront of the innovation in the health and sports sectors.

Collaborative partnerships provide both our academic staff and students with exciting opportunities to bring the latest theories and practices associated with health, sport and human performance to life. Working with organisations such as SportNZ, local district health boards, iwi, NZ Recreation Association, Sport Waikato, sports franchises such as the Chiefs and Magic, and High Performance Sport NZ, allows members of the FHSHP to work in contexts and situations that matter to the communities in which they live, work and play. 

Students engaged in the Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance are provided with programmes of study that are dynamic, challenging and informed by the latest research, whilst providing clear career paths and employment opportunities. 

Supported by our team of internationally recognised research-informed lecturers who bring the latest knowledge, theories and applications to their interactions with students, we work hard to ensure that real life and study go hand in hand.

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.

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao, the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies offers programmes in Māori language and linguistics, culture, customs, creative and performing arts, Treaty of Waitangi, Māori and indigenous studies. Papers offered in the Faculty lead to the awarding of the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Sciences, with majors or minors in Te Reo Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies or Māori and Indigenous Studies. Te Tohu Paetahi is a Te Reo Māori specialisation taught through the medium of Māori with the first year devoted to the learning of te reo Māori. The Faculty 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 Faculty is noted for its strengths in teaching in the areas of Māori language, tikanga Māori and indigenous studies. There is a strong, growing, research base and students may pursue research at masters and doctoral levels and benefit from opportunities to contribute to the Faculty’s externally funded research and development contracts. A number of Faculty scholarships are available for all levels of study.

Further information is available on the website: www.waikato.ac.nz/fmis.

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), Master of Science (Technology), and Master of Environmental Science, all of which may be awarded with Honours, the Master of Philosophy, and the Doctor of Philosophy. There is also a range of graduate and postgraduate certificates and diplomas available. The Faculty provides strongly research-led education, and has more than 240 students are enrolled in masters and doctorate degrees. The Faculty hosts two research institutes and several research centres including: The Environmental Research Institute, and Te Waiora - the Joint Institute for Freshwater Management (hosted jointly with NIWA), the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research, the Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research, the Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials, and the Energy Research Group. The Faculty also hosts the Waikato Radio Carbon Dating Laboratory. The School of Engineering's research is organised into six ​themes;  Water and Waste Processing, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Sensors and Signal Processing, Energy Efficiencies & Electrification, Agri Engineering and Robotics, and Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures.

Further information is available on the website: www.sci.waikato.ac.nz.

Waikato Management School is the business school of choice, respected nationally and internationally for its influential practice, practically focused teaching and learning, relevant research, and fostering of student networks with businesses. At the heart of its mission is transformation - its purpose is to transform minds, careers and organisations. Strong international connections mean that teaching and research always reflects global best business practice. Waikato Management School students go on to become leaders in the private and public sectors, 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 - the leading 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.

Waikato Management School offers general and specialist management undergraduate qualifications, as well as specialist masters programmes with either a professional or research focus on Management Studies, Digital Business, Professional Accounting 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.mngt.waikato.ac.nz.

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 one or two semester full-time 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 may be available.

Further information is available on the website: www.waikato.ac.nz/pathways/.

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