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Bachelor of Science with Honours - BSc(Hons)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Victoria University of Wellington


Build on your Bachelor's degree with advanced study and research into your area of scientific interest.

Extend your knowledge in a specialised field of science and boost your career opportunities with a BSc(Hons).

You'll complete an intensive one-year programme and gain the advanced theoretical knowledge and skills you need to pursue a scientific career. Develop your skills in research design and implementation, critical thinking, data analysis and scientific communication.

Research skills

You'll take courses worth a total of 120 points, including a 30-point research project for most subjects. The research project will give you practical training in research methods and experience in the process of creating scientific knowledge. It will also set you up with the skills you need to go on to complete a Master's or PhD programme.

Flexible options

You can take an interdisciplinary approach to your studies and substitute some optional courses with ones from other programmes such as combining Marine Biology with Chemistry, or Geophysics with Geology.

If you want to carry out more self-directed scientific study and have a B+ average in you subject area at 300 level, then a BSc(Hons) is a good choice for you. If you don't have the required background for possible into Honours, you could do a Graduate Diploma in Science instead.

Further study

After your Honours year you can go on to complete a Master of Science in one more year of study. You may also change your Honours programme to a Master's programme during the year.

If you do well in your Honours or Master's research, you'll be able to apply to do a PhD.

You’ll work under supervision to produce original research that makes a significant contribution to knowledge. Full-time candidates usually complete the degree within three to four years. You’ll carry out original and sustained research under supervision from world-class academics in the Faculty of Science.

Entry criteria

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in relevant subject with at least a B+ average.

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

  • IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0
  • TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing
  • Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)
  • EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadlines - Trimester 1: 1 Dec; Trimester 2: 1 May.

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