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Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Otago


The Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) will enable you to combine your passion for arts and science in one degree.

Today's workplaces demand a different kind of graduate. The ability to think critically, solve problems and work as a team could prove advantageous in your future career. Studying for a multidisciplinary degree demonstrates adaptability and resourcefulness – skills that many employers are seeking.

Tackling big world issues requires multi-faceted solutions that may include new technology and scientific breakthroughs, but will also require an understanding of their impact on people and society.

The BASc will give you scientific capabilities as well as knowledge of human history, how people think, and how societies function so that you are better able to engage in areas such as global health, security, food production and climate change.

Bachelor of Arts Majors:

Anthropology; Asian Studies; Biblical Studies; Chinese; Christian Thought and History; Classics; Communication Studies; Computer Science; Economics; Education; English; English and Linguistics; European Studies; Film and Media Studies; French; Gender Studies; Geography; German; Global Studies; History; Indigenous Development/He Kura Matanui; Information Science; Japanese; Language and Linguistics; Linguistics; Maori Studies; Mathematics; Music; Pacific Islands Studies; Philosophy; Philosophy, Politics and Economics; Politics; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Sport Development and Management; Statistics; Theatre Studies; Tourism, Languages and Cultures

Bachelor of Science Majors:

Anatomy; Biochemistry; Botany; Chemistry; Computer Science; Ecology; Economics; Energy Science and Technology; Exercise and Sport Science; Food Science; Genetics; Geography; Geology; Human Nutrition; Information Science; Land Planning and Development; Mathematics; Microbiology; Neuroscience; Oceanography; Pharmacology; Physics; Physiology; Plant Biotechnology; Psychology; Sport Development and Management; Statistics; Surveying Measurement; Zoology

Note: July commencement may be possible, although the duration of the qualification may be longer, or paper selection may be limited.

Entry criteria

We recognise many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance.

We also accept the following international qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE Advanced Levels: minimum Numerical Score of 8

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 5.5). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 80 (writing 20)
  • Paper-based TOEFL - Score of 550 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)
  • CIE - E grade or higher in any one of AS English Language, AS Literature in English or AS Language & Literature in English; OR meeting the NCEA literacy requirements
  • GCE A or AS English Language, Literature in English, Language and Literature in English & GCE AS level General Paper (English) - Grade C or higher
  • IB - English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, Language A: language and literature, or at Higher Level in Language B
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 50 with no communicative skills score below 42.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 4 Academic endorsement
  • University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Undergraduate Studies (EPUS) with a C Grade
  • University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) - Successful completion of the certificate with a C Grade

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