Divisions and Schools of Studies

The University’s academic units comprises the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences, Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science, Division of Education, Division of Management, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, and the University of Waikato College.

Te Wānanga o Ngā Kete Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences

The division incorporates three Schools (Arts, Psychology and Social Sciences) and the Faculty of Law, as well as two research institutes, the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) and the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Studies (NZISCS). Programmes of study are informed by expertise across the Division and our unique blend of disciplines enables students to engage with research leaders who collaboratively address issues of local and global importance.

Our graduates are flexible, self-directed, excellent communicators, and innovators for change. Programmes incorporate explicit path-ways into the workforce as well as to higher degrees. We offer a wide range of qualifications from undergraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees through to masters and doctorate degrees. Academic excel-lence is the cornerstone of teaching and learning in programmes that develop students’ essential skills and expertise, as well as fostering analytical and critical thinking and social responsibility.

Te Kura Toi School of Arts provides teaching and research focused on understanding the human condition, the unique ways we experience the world, and the different forms of culture manifested from our ingenuity, imagination, resourcefulness and intellectual creativity. Re-search covers areas including languages and linguistics, music, dance, theatre and screen and media.

Te Kura Whatu Oho Mauri School of Psychology teaches a wide range of psychology paths, from neuroscience to social science. Psychology is offered as a subject under several qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate level with specialist graduate pathways including professional qualification in clinical psychology. Research in the school has a strong and diverse profile, extending across areas of the discipline with specific research units in Learning, Behaviour and Welfare, Māori and Psychology, and Transport.

Te Kura Aronui School of Social Sciences actively promotes the University's core motto 'For the People'. Through a wide range of subjects and qualifications from undergraduate to postgraduate level, social sciences encourage critical thinking and the analysis of how individuals and groups in society relate to each other. The School’s researchers cover disciplines including Anthropology, Geography, Environmental Planning, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Social and Public Policy, Sociology and Social Work.

Te Piringa Faculty of Laws founding goals of professionalism, biculturalism, and the study of law in context attract an exciting and diverse group of staff and students. Research in the Faculty is distinctive and firmly based on New Zealand and its place in the wider international community and world economy. The Faculty provides an innovative, student-focused Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and a BA in Law which is a non-practising qualification in a stimulating academic environment. 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.

Te Rūnanga Tātari Tatauranga (NIDEA) is the only national institute of demographic and population-focused research in Aotearoa New Zealand. It undertakes research that helps inform choices and responses to the demographic, social and economic interactions that are shaping Aotearoa New Zealand's future, and offers a major and postgraduate qualifications in population studies.

Te Puna Haumaru The New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science (NZISCS) engages in research and teaching that aims to prevent and reduce crime, and to increase our security and safety. We achieve these aims by bringing together disciplines from across the university, including computer science, data analytics, economics, engineering geography, law, management, Māori and indigenous studies, political science, psychology, sociology, social policy, and others. We are a partner in the Evidence-Based Policing Centre, and work with a variety of other agencies. From 2021 we are offering our first undergraduate papers in Security and Crime Science.

Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science

The School of Engineering offers the full range of professional engineering programmes from the traditional disciplines of Civil1, Mechanical, Chemical and Biological, Electrical and Electronic, and Materials and Process Engineering, to the developing areas of Software, Mechatronics2, Environmental3 Engineering. Undergraduate programmes are available in the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)), the Diploma in Engineering Management, and Certificate in Engineering Professional Practice. Five of the programmes are fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand and the Washington Accord.
Graduate degrees, which may be awarded with Honours, include Master of Engineering and Master of Engineering Practice. The Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy are also available, along with a range of graduate and post-graduate certificates and diplomas.
The School of Engineering also provides strong research-led education, with over 65 students enrolled in Masters and Doctorate degrees. The school hosts five world-class research groups in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (WaiCAMM); Robotics, Automation & Sensing (WaiRAS); Resilient Infrastructure & Sustainable Construction (WaiRISC); Energy System Integration (ESI); and Water & Resilience, with combined external funding over over $40 million.
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1 Civil Engineering received provisional accreditation in February 2020.
2 Mechatronics will seek provisional accreditation in 2022.
3 Environmental is preparing for provisional accreditation in 2021.

The School of Science offers a unique interdisciplinary environment with degree programmes across life sciences, earth sciences, chemistry and physics. Undergraduate degrees consist of the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Science (Technology).  Graduate degrees, which may be awarded with Honours, include the Master of Science, Master of Science (Research) and Master of Science (Technology).  The Master of Philosophy, and the Doctor of Philosophy are also available as well as a range of graduate and postgraduate certificates and diplomas.

The School of Science provides strong research-led education, and has more than 270 students enrolled in masters and doctorate degrees. The School 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 School also hosts the Waikato Radio Carbon Dating Laboratory.

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Te Huataki Waiora School of Health provides qualifications that offer students who are passionate about health, hauora and wellbeing the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to enhance the lives of individuals and communities. By bringing together expertise from across the university, we have designed programmes of study that are dynamic, challenging and informed by the latest research. Students have the opportunity to explore new ideas and ways of looking at issues that impact wellbeing and performance outcomes, which will prepare them to move into a wide range of employment opportunities. We work closely with partners across the community — such as local DHBs, Sport NZ and regional sports trusts, iwi, community health organisations, and high performance sport — to ensure we are at the forefront of innovation in the health, human performance, and sports sectors. These collaborative partnerships provide both our students with exciting opportunities to bring the latest theories and practices to life.

The School 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 School 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 with Honours in Software Engineering. These degrees prepare students for a range of the many professions that depend on subjects offered by the School.

Advanced degrees offered within the School 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 Design, the Master of Cyber Security, the Master of Information Technology, the Master of Philosophy, and the Doctor of Philosophy. Certificate and diploma programmes at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level are also available.

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Division of Education

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education provides degree programmes in teacher education, social sciences in education, educational leadership, 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 School 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 School 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 School 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 in teacher education, prepare competent, knowledgeable and critically reflective beginning teachers. These programmes have Teaching 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 School 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.

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Division of Management

Waikato Management School respected nationally and internationally for its influential practice, practical programmes, relevant research and focus on connecting students with businesses. The School's strategic areas of expertise - leading through innovation and responsible management - are integrated into its research, teaching and management. Strong international relationships mean that teaching and research reflect global best business practice while an engaged alumni and close links with the business community expose students to real-world challenges and employment opportunities. Waikato Management School students graduate with the essential business skills and knowledge to become private and public sector leaders. They think critically, carefully and creatively and 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, and testament to the quality of the qualifications the School offers. 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 (EFMD 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 a wide range of business education at all levels of study.

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Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao, the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies teaches Māori and Indigenous Studies, Te Reo Māori, and Pacific and Indigenous Studies. These subjects can be taken as a major or minor within a BA or BSocSc, or for a diploma or certificate. The Diploma in Te Tohu Paetahi is a one year fulltime Māori language immersion programme taught in a whānau-orientated environment. At the postgraduate level, the Faculty offers the Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Master of Arts, Master of Social Sciences, MPhil, PhD, and a number of graduate and postgraduate certificates and diplomas.

The Faculty is world-renowned for its strength in research and teaching. Our academics have national and international academic profiles; several have won teaching and research awards, three service on the Waitangi Tribunal, many have won prestigious research funding, and in 2019 we hosted the largest Indigenous Studies conference in the world. Students can benefit from this expertise by pursuing research at masters and doctoral levels with us. A number of Faculty scholarships are available for all level of study, including a scholarship to study overseas for a trimester.

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University of Waikato College

The University of Waikato College offers educational programmes to enhance access to all levels of university study. The Certificate of Attainment in English Language 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-trimester 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 trimester 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. The International Diploma (Business and Science) combine the first year of the Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Science with additional supporting papers in academic English and academic study skills. Short-term courses are also offered to universities, high school and specialist 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.

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