Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons))

  1. The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.
  2. Admission

  3. Candidates for the Degree must have
    1. qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Technology) of the University of Waikato or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and, normally, have completed the requirements in the minimum time for completion of that degree, and
    2. satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
  4. In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.
  5. Requirements for the Degree

  6. The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree is one year. The requirements of the Degree must be completed in no more than 12 consecutive months of full-time study, or, in the case of part-time study, an equivalent period not exceeding two calendar years, from the date of first enrolment in the Degree.
  7. Candidates must enrol in the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences or the Faculty of Science and Engineering and follow an approved programme of study.1
  8. Candidates must gain 120 points at 500 level or above.
  9. Candidates must gain at least 60 points from one of the following subjects, including any compulsory papers prescribed in the relevant subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers:
    1. Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences subjects
        Computer Science
    2. Faculty of Science and Engineering subjects
          Earth Sciences
          Ecology and Biodiversity
          Environmental Sciences
          Materials and Processing
          Molecular and Cellular Biology
  10. Candidates must include at least 30 points in research, as prescribed in the relevant subject entry in the Catalogue of Papers.
  11. Candidates may take up to 30 points from outside the field of the Degree.
  12. The field of the Degree comprises all the subjects listed in section 7 of these regulations.
  13. Where a candidate fails a paper, they will not be permitted to repeat the paper or take an alternative paper. A candidate who fails a paper will not be permitted to proceed with the Degree.
  14. Award of Honours

  15. The Degree may be awarded with
    1. First Class Honours, or
    2. Second Class Honours (first division), or
    3. Second Class Honours (second division), or
    4. Third Class Honours.
  16. Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the level of honours will be calculated on the basis of the grades of the first 120 points completed by the candidate while enrolled for the Degree, including any failed paper.
  17. Variations

  18. The Dean or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.


  1. Admission to the BSc(Hons) in the subjects offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering is by invitation only from the Chairperson of the relevant department. Students interested in undertaking the BSc(Hons) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering should consult the Faculty of Science and Engineering Graduate Handbook for more information, and then the relevant Chairperson of Department.