Bachelor of Science (Technology)

The Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree provides you with an opportunity to gain practical, relevant work experience as part of your undergraduate degree. This will help you to seamlessly step into the professional world in your chosen career and successfully integrates theoretical learning with hands-on experience.


As a Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech)) student you will also complete 1200 hours of work experience – usually paid – with a company or organisation that suits your interests, and you’ll make valuable industry contacts which in many cases leads to part or full-time work.

Our Co-operative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals.

Your first stint in the field will be for three months after your second year, followed by another six months beginning in the summer break after your third year and continuing into your fourth year. Variations in the timing and duration of placements are possible.

In order to give you an understanding of how the business world works, the BSc(Tech) includes management and professional development papers, along with science papers.

Your BSc(Tech) degree is internationally recognised meaning you can work just about anywhere in the world. A high percentage of graduates actively seeking employment find it within six months of graduating.


The University of Waikato’s School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped laboratories. Most science papers include weekly laboratory sessions, giving you the chance to put what you’ve learnt in lectures and tutorials into practice. Our undergraduate students also have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and techniques, such as NMR spectroscopy and DNA sequencing.


Within the BSc(Tech) you may choose to specialise in:

Science International

Science International combines a science major with study in Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish. Science graduates who are familiar with the language and customs of other countries are of particular value to export-oriented industries.

Te Pūtaiao me ngā Take Māori (Science and Te Reo)

This specialisation enables students to pursue a science degree in a major subject while extending their knowledge of Māori language and culture.

Career opportunities

  • Biotechnologist
  • Geotechnical Officer
  • Conservation Ranger
  • Geologist
  • Forensic Technician
  • Marine Ecologist
  • Field Ecologist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Chemistry Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Software Developer

Practical experience

Work placements are a major feature of the BSc(Tech) and you will complete 1200 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.

Our Co-operative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and monitoring the quality of your work experience.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take to your interviews.

The Co-operative Education Unit at the University of Waikato is the leader in New Zealand for co-operative education programmes, with an average 250 students placed in the industry every year.

Admission and enrolment

If you have achieved University Entrance through NCEA you will be accepted into this degree.

Discretionary Entrance

Applicants will normally be granted Discretionary Entrance if they have gained a total of at least 80 credits in NCEA at Level 2 in four subjects equivalent to the approved subjects for University Entrance in NCEA at Level 3, with a minimum grade of Merit in at least half of the achievement standards for each subject. Applicants must also have satisfied the numeracy and literacy requirements of University Entrance.

Applications must be supported by the applicant’s school principal or a University Student Recruitment Adviser.

Special Admission

Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants 20 years old and over by the beginning of their programme of study will be accepted, except those that are clearly insufficiently prepared for academic study. Preference may be given to applicants who have successfully completed appropriate Waikato Pathways College bridging programmes.

Admission at entry level or with credit from the previous study

Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.


Individual papers may require previous experience in this subject. However, there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field. Please seek advice from the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

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