The University of Waikato

Introduction

Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

Set yourself up for where the world is going. Study at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

The University of Waikato is a modern, innovative university with huge ambition. We know careers are changing and entirely new ones are being created. That’s why we offer flexible study options. Students can create their own individual study programmes to gain a unique set of skills and knowledge that will set them up for the future.

Our main campus is based in the city of Hamilton in New Zealand’s North Island and is home to 12,500 students, including around 2,000 international students from more than 70 countries. We are one of New Zealand’s leading research universities, made up of seven faculties and schools offering a wide range of subjects. We also have a satellite campus in Tauranga.

Students can choose to study a degree, a postgraduate qualification or a PhD at Waikato. Many international students choose to study at the University for one or two semesters as study abroad students and transfer the academic credits they have earned at Waikato towards their degree at their home university.

At the University of Waikato students gain a quality education that is recognised globally while at the same time enjoying a unique and full university experience in a country renowned for innovative thinking and a stunning natural environment.

Embracing Māori identity

The University of Waikato stands out from other universities because it embraces its strong Māori identity and heritage as key features of its distinctiveness. The University is located in the homeland of the Waikato people and the Kīngitanga (the Māori King), and reaches out to the many iwi (tribes) of the North Island.

On campus, there are kaupapa Māori-related events held throughout the academic year for Māori and non-Māori students alike. All internationals students are welcomed to the campus at a pōwhiri (welcome) at Te Kohinga Mārama marae (meeting place) and will feel the influence of the Māori culture from the minute they step on the campus.


Quality education

Our institution stands proudly on the world stage in education, research and student experience. Students can be confident that a University of Waikato qualification will set them up for where the world is going.

  • 401-500 band (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016)
  • 87 out of the world’s 100 most international universities (Times Higher Education 2016)
  • Ten subject areas that have been ranked in the top 200 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015). These are: education, computer science and information systems; economics and econometrics; law (101-150); linguistics; accounting and finance; communications and media studies; business and management studies; geography; and sociology.

Why Waikato is different

  • Our smaller class sizes provide students with one-on-one learning opportunities from our award-winning lecturers.
  • Students have the opportunity to take part in practical learning and internships across all programmes.
  • We have specifically designed masters’ programmes that can be completed in as little as 12 months’ of full time study.
  • Students can study on campus in Hamilton or Tauranga and most of our programmes are available to start in either March or July each year. There are also six-week condensed courses in November and January that can help students get ahead in their studies.

For more information, visit waikato.ac.nz or email international@waikato.ac.nz.

  • Established: 1964
  • Location: Hamilton
  • Student population: 12,500
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Master

Master of Applied Psychology

Campus Full time 2 years July 2017 New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga + 1 more

Studying for your Master of Applied Psychology at the University of Waikato allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of one of three key areas of applied psychology. [+]

Master of Applied Psychology Studying for your Master of Applied Psychology at the University of Waikato allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of one of three key areas of applied psychology. You'll choose your specialist area in behaviour analysis, community psychology or organisational psychology. You'll develop a detailed understanding of the underlying ideas relating to your chosen area, as well as learn about the fundamental principles and guiding values connected to your specialist field. During your Master of Applied Psychology studies, you'll be given opportunities to gain relevant hands-on experience. This will be through getting involved in work placements and projects, where you'll be connected with a range of organisations and community groups. The type of workplaces you'll be placed in depends on the specialist area you've chosen. You could have a placement in an educational environment such as a school, university or special education venue. You may do a project at a research institution or in a private practice. Perhaps you'll work with business and industry, or in the health sector. You may have a placement in a governmental agency, or if it fits in with your specialist area, a zoo. Master of applied psychology (behaviour analysis) – mapppsy(ba) Behaviour Analysis is a scientific approach to understanding why people and animals do what they do. Studying behaviour analysis will teach you how both animal and human behaviour is affected by events in the social and physical environment and what you can do to help produce behaviour change to... [-]

Master of Business and Management

Campus Full time 12 months March 2018 New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga + 1 more

Transform your career and prepare to become a business leader or entrepreneur in only 12 months with a Master of Business and Management. [+]

Master of Business Management Transform your career and prepare to become a business leader or entrepreneur in only 12 months with a Master of Business and Management. This one-year masters degree provides a truly transformative business education that will take your career to new heights. The MBM will give you a comprehensive understanding of the fast-paced global business environment, and prepare you to take on a wide range of management and leadership roles. It's designed for graduates of any bachelor's degree – from arts and engineering to teaching and social sciences – who wish to expand their career prospects and increase their earning potential. Previous business experience is not required. Over 12 months, you'll hone your skills in all aspects of business, such as planning for strategic growth, marketing, digital business, economics and financial analysis, human resources, supply chain, and holistic problem-solving. You'll also develop strong communication and creative problem solving skills; the ability to undertake business research, question ideas and findings, and gain the confidence to lead teams and manage organisational change. Waikato has an international reputation Study this degree at Waikato Management School, a Triple Crown international business school accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools. You can start the MBM programme in either March or November. Graduate study options On completing the MBM, you have the option to transfer into the MBM Specialist programme and... [-]

Master of Cyber Security

Campus Full time 12 - 18 months July 2017 New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga + 1 more

Studying for the Master of Cyber Security allows you to develop the skills you'll need to become a specialist in this area. There's an increasing international demand for trained cyber security professionals, and graduates of this programme help meet the New Zealand Government's Cyber Security Strategy. This masters degree is the first of its kind to be offered in New Zealand. [+]

Master of Cyber Security Studying for the Master of Cyber Security allows you to develop the skills you'll need to become a specialist in this area. There's an increasing international demand for trained cyber security professionals, and graduates of this programme help meet the New Zealand Government's Cyber Security Strategy. This masters degree is the first of its kind to be offered in New Zealand. As you work towards your Master of Cyber Security (MCS), you'll develop a thorough understanding of the technical, legal, policy and management aspects of cyber security. You'll learn about cloud computing technologies and computer infrastructure, as well as the law relating to cyber security. You'll gain skills relating to detecting security breaches, preventative security and offensive security. This includes computer system penetration testing. You'll learn how to think innovatively and develop the ability to apply your knowledge so you can work at an advanced level as a professional in cyber security. When you study cyber security at Waikato, you'll have the opportunity to work with, and learn from award-winning cyber security experts such as Dr Ryan Ko. Our academics also have strong international connections with industry and government, such as the National Cyber Policy Office and INTERPOL. Computing facilities at Waikato The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand. You'll have 24 hour access to computer labs running the latest industry standard software. The University of Waikato is also home to New Zealand’s first cyber security lab, where... [-]

Master of Education

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 18 months July 2017 New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga + 2 more

This programme is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education. Developing skills in leadership in curriculum, pedagogy or policy development, the benefits include career advancement and the development of expertise in a specific area of educational practice. [+]

Master of Education This programme is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education. Developing skills in leadership in curriculum, pedagogy or policy development, the benefits include career advancement and the development of expertise in a specific area of educational practice. Target your study towards your area of professional expertise. Students are required to complete 180 points of taught papers, a research methods paper (30 points) and at least 30 points of research. Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time over one calendar year. Programme Highlights Our world renowned staff are active researchers who are known internationally as leaders in their specialist areas. Find out more about our staff. Choose to focus your study on one of the following subjects below as a programme of study or three specialisations (listed below). Alternatively, create your own programme of study by combining papers from Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, or include a paper from another faculty (subject to Postgraduate Leaders approval). Programmes of study for MEd Arts Education Education Education Studies Human Development Language and literacy education Mathematics education Science, Technology and Environmental Education Specialisations STEM Education Global Studies in Education Professional Learning This qualification can also be studied at the University of Waikato Tauranga. Admission and enrolment Admission normally requires a bachelor's degree with at least a B average and teaching qualification. Note: Transfers from PGDips and Hons programmes on to... [-]

Master of Engineering

Campus Full time 1 year July 2017 New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga + 1 more

This research-focused degree is designed for graduates who wish to do further research and develop an innovative solution to an engineering question. Excellence in advanced engineering design, research and development skills are core features of the degree. [+]

Master of Engineering This research-focused degree is designed for graduates who wish to do further research and develop an innovative solution to an engineering question. Excellence in advanced engineering design, research and development skills are core features of the degree. As a Master of Engineering (ME) graduate you will have the opportunity to either seek employment as a professional engineer, or start a research career. The ME normally takes 12 months to complete full-time. It builds on prior study at undergraduate level, such as the four-year BE(Hons) or BSc(Tech). The degree requires 120 points, which can either be made up of 30 points in taught papers and a 90-point dissertation (research project), or one 120-point thesis. If you enrol in an ME via the Faculty of Science & Engineering you can major in Engineering, and your thesis topic may come from our wide range of study areas such as biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials engineering, environmental engineering and electronic engineering. Software Engineering projects are completed via the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. The Faculty of Science & Engineering fosters collaborative relationships between science, engineering, industry and management. The Faculty has developed a very strong research base to support its aims of providing you with in-depth knowledge, analytical skills, innovative ideas, and techniques to translate science into technology in the real world. You will have the opportunity to undertake research with staff who are leaders in their field and will... [-]

Master of Environmental Sciences

Campus Full time 12 - 18 months July 2017 New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga + 1 more

The Master of Environmental Sciences is intended for both science and engineering graduates who wish to further their knowledge and research skills in the area of Environmental Sciences – the scientific study of the interaction between humans and the environment. [+]

Master of Environmental Sciences The Master of Environmental Sciences is intended for both science and engineering graduates who wish to further their knowledge and research skills in the area of Environmental Sciences – the scientific study of the interaction between humans and the environment. The Master of Environmental Sciences (MEnvSci) is a 180 point interdisciplinary degree that draws on a wide range of papers across the Biological, Chemical, Earth and Engineering Sciences. A key feature of this degree is the development of scientific and interdisciplinary (cross-faculty) research skills, including collection and analysis of data and critical review of the relevant literature. The MEnvSci is normally a 12-18 month degree comprising a minimum of 90 points in taught papers at 500 level and a maximum 90 point thesis. The balance of thesis papers to taught papers may be altered subject to permission from the graduate co-ordinator in your discipline of choice. Study an MEnvSci at Waikato University and you will enjoy more lab and field work, more one-on-one time with top academics and access to world-class research equipment. Our great industry contacts may also mean exciting collaborations with local, national and international companies and organisations. While the bulk of your papers will be drawn from the Faculty of Science & Engineering, you may also include papers from the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Waikato Management School, the School of Māori & Pacific Development and Te Piringa - Faculty of Law. Facilities The University of Waikato's School of Science is home... [-]

Master of Information Technology

Campus Full time 12 - 18 months July 2017 New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga + 1 more

The Master of Information Technology at the University of Waikato moves you beyond the theoretical through to supervised project-based learning and on-the-job experience with an industry partner. [+]

Master of Information Technology The Master of Information Technology at the University of Waikato moves you beyond the theoretical through to supervised project-based learning and on-the-job experience with an industry partner. The course's main feature is the industry internship (FMCS596) paper which gives you industry experience for one whole semester. As an intern you will be mentored and supported by your employer and University supervisor, as you work on a real-world problem in an industry team setting. The MInfoTech was developed as part of the Auckland ICT Graduate School, a joint initiative between the University of Waikato and the University of Auckland, to develop industry-ready ICT experts. The aim of the programme is to meet the explosive demand for highly-skilled network and data professionals, coders, system architects, web developers and other work-ready ICT professionals. Technology is the fastest growing sector in New Zealand and with a $1.3 trillion projected growth in the global ICT industry from 2013-2020, the MInfoTech prepares you to make the most of the significant opportunities available in this industry. Our aim is to ensure you move beyond the classroom and into professional work situations with a full complement of employable IT skills. The Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology (PGCertInfoTech) provides the ideal pathway to the Master of Information Technology (MInfoTech). Career opportunities Internet/Multimedia Developer Database Developer Cloud Computing Developer Data Security Developer Network and Support Developer Software Architect Technical Consultant Systems Administrator Admission and enrolment For admission, students will need to have completed a relevant bachelor's... [-]

MSc

Master of Science

Campus Full time 12 - 18 months July 2017 New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga + 1 more

The Master of Science is valued for its flexibility and excellence, and can be tailored to suit your needs. You can select your papers from a range of subjects and the mix of research and taught papers are customised to suit your interests and goals. [+]

Master of Science The Master of Science is valued for its flexibility and excellence, and can be tailored to suit your needs. You can select your papers from a range of subjects and the mix of research and taught papers are customised to suit your interests and goals. The Master of Science (MSc) normally takes 12-18 months of full-time study to complete. The degree requires 180 points, which is made up of 90 points in taught papers and a 90-point thesis (research project). This balance of theses to taught papers may be changed subject to permission from the graduate co-ordinator in your chosen discipline. Study a MSc at Waikato University and you will enjoy more lab and field work, more one-on-one time with top academics and access to world-class research equipment. Our great industry contacts will also mean exciting collaborations with local, national and international companies and organisations. This is an ideal degree for students wanting to improve their career opportunities, and seeking a qualification that is potentially not so research-heavy. This qualification is taught at a level significantly in advance of undergraduate study, providing you with the challenges and knowledge needed to prepare for a successful career. Subjects Students enrolling in an MSc via the Faculty of Science & Engineering can study Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Electronics, Engineering, Materials and Processing, Physics, Psychology, and Science and Technology Education. Students majoring in Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics will enrol through the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. Facilities The... [-]