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Bachelor of Climate Change

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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The Bachelor of Climate Change degree allows students to become an expert in one of a wide range of different major subjects that are needed to develop effective climate change solutions.

Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of climate change through the compulsory papers of the degree, including its scientific, social, cultural and economic dimensions. M?tauranga Maori is interwoven through the degree and students are taught the importance of valuing different worldviews when trying to develop authentic solutions to the challenges of climate change.

The degree culminates with a multidisciplinary group project, where students will work with an external organization to develop an effective low-carbon strategy. Students will graduate with skills and experiences that are in-demand, as we work towards a target of net zero emissions in Aotearoa by 2050.

Career opportunities: Analyst; Anthropologist; Biodiversity manager; Climate action specialist; Climate change manager; Community educator; Consultant; Data analyst; Ecologist; Economist; Environmental scientist; Foreign affairs advisor; Iwi advisor; Media advisor; Policy analyst; Political Scientist; Politician Planner; Public relations expert; Sustainability advisor

Choose a specified programme: Anthropology; Chemistry; Data Analytics; Earth Sciences; Ecology and Biodiversity; Economics; Education and Society; Environmental Planning; Environmental Sciences; Geography; History; Maori and Indigenous Studies; Pacific and Indigenous Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; Public Relations; Social Policy; Sociology; Strategic Management

Entry criteria

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university website.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are: IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 80 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42; PBT TOEFL: Overall score of 60 with writing score of 21; C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English Advanced CAE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Proficiency Exam CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.

Note: To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests for all 2021 and 2022 intakes. Please note this policy is subject to review.

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)
  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 100 for undergraduate programmes.

Students who are accepted into their programme using any of the three language tests named above will be issued an unconditional offer, but will be required to undertake a supplementary online language assessment.

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