Limited entry selection criteria

Selection criteria for degrees offered by different faculties.

This section gives details of the degrees offered within Faculties, qualifications and courses which have a limited intake, together with their selection criteria. In all cases, these selection criteria are applied in accordance with the equity goals set out in the Strategic Plan.

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Faculty of Architecture and Design


Criteria for selection of students into second year

Entry into second year (part 2) for the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) and Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) is based on your academic performance in first-year (part 1). Entry generally requires good grades across all courses completed courses in first-year (part 1).

Candidates with relevant degrees, qualifications in related disciplines or extensive professional experience will also be considered for entry to the second year of the degree. Transferring students please check the relevant degree pages for selection criteria.

Appeals against selection committee decisions

The selection of students into the second year of the BAS and BDI is made by a Selection Committee for each degree appointed by the Head of School.

Appeals against the decisions of the Selection Committees should be directed in the first instance to the relevant Head of School.

Faculty equity policy

The principal criterion for selection is academic merit. Where a choice has to be made between students who have equivalent academic records, preference is given to students from groups which are under-represented in their cohort.

Assignment to studio sessions

DSDN 112, 141, 142, 144, 171 and SARC 111, 112, 131, 151 and 161 have common lectures but the class is divided into groups for the studio sessions.

Sign-up lists will be posted on the Vivian Street noticeboards during Orientation Week (week prior to Trimester 1 commencing). Please write your name against your preferred studio session for each of the above first-trimester courses in which you are enrolled.

Victoria Business School


Selection criteria for limited entry courses

Undergraduate BCom/BTM courses

Selection for MARK 313 will be made on the basis of academic merit, with early admission as long as spaces remain for students with a B grade or better in MARK 201 (or 211) and 202. Admission to courses with capacity limits will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Honours and Master's programmes

Academic merit.

Appeals against exclusion

Exclusion from individual BCom courses should be discussed with the relevant Head of School. Appeals against any of these decisions should go to the Associate Dean (Students).

Faculty of Education


* No new intake for 2013 or 2014

Selection criteria for limited entry courses

Graduate Diploma of Teaching—Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary applicants must have a university undergraduate degree and will be selected on the basis of academic merit. Preference in the secondary graduate diploma may be given to those who intend to teach subjects in high demand.

All applicants are assessed by the Faculty of Education for suitability to the teaching profession. This involves meeting set criteria, having supportive referees, making declarations about any criminal convictions or health and disability issues and successfully taking part in an assessment exercise.

Faculty of Engineering


Selection criteria for undergraduate limited entry courses and programmes

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)

For entry to Part 2 of the BE (Hons) a student has to complete successfully all Part 1 courses required for his/her specialisation and achieve at least a B average in those courses.

Appeals against exclusion

These should be made, in writing, to the Associate Dean (Students) of the Faculty of Science.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Selection criteria for undergraduate limited entry courses and programmes

Unless otherwise specified below, places will be allocated according to room capacity.

First year

Applicants who achieve the Guaranteed Entry Score or equivalent will normally be accepted into the BA degree. This does not necessarily mean you will gain entry to all of the courses of your choice. Language students must enrol in the course most appropriate to their level of experience and background. If you are uncertain, you should seek advice from the teaching area concerned.

Creative writing (CREW) courses

Applicants submit samples of their creative writing, together with a one-page supporting statement along with their enrolment application. The quality of the writing sample submitted is particularly important to the selection process.

Students must complete an application, available when applying online, or request a hard copy of the form from Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation. The closing dates for applications is 10 December 2013.

English Proficiency (ELIN) courses

Admission to ELIN courses is determined by English Language Proficiency.

Film (FILM), Theatre (THEA) and Theatre and Film (THFI) courses

Students are selected according to practical aptitude, relevant experience, and academic record, particularly in cognate courses and overall achievement. Students applying for production courses in Theatre and Film are required to enrol online before 10 December 2013, and to complete any separate application forms required by the programmes.

WRIT 151

Any student for whom English is a second language is eligible for WRIT 151.

Selection criteria for the Honours and Postgraduate courses

ARTH 403

Students will be selected on the basis of academic merit.

ELIN 801 and ELIN 802

Students are selected on the basis of the relevance of undergraduate programme, their personal motivation and commitment, as demonstrated in an interview and academic merit.

FILM 404

Evidence of creative ability, academic merit and enrolment in a Film Honours programme.

INTP/POLS 400-level courses

Selection is by the Postgraduate Coordinator based first students enrolled with B+ average at 300-level courses.

INTP 586 and 595

Selection is by the MIR Coordinator on the basis of academic merit, assessed through application form and academic transcripts.

THEA 406

Selection will be based on the student’s aptitude for directing as demonstrated in THEA 304, and academic merit.

Selection criteria for the Honours and Postgraduate programmes

MA in Creative Writing

Applicants submit samples of their creative writing, a description of their proposed thesis project, previous academic qualifications, if relevant, a 'literary CV' (information about any earlier publications, workshops, or other involvement in the world of imaginative writing) and a proposed reading list as part of the context for their writing during the programme. The quality of the writing sample/s submitted is particularly important to the selection process.

Master of Theatre Arts

Students for the Master of Theatre Arts will be required to make written application; those short-listed are then interviewed and auditioned, and final selections are made on the basis of demonstrated qualities in interview and audition. The emphasis is on quality rather than quantity of graduates.

Motivation is considered a crucial factor in the MTA and is tested initially through a full application form and referee process designed to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each applicant. Applicants are then required to attend an audition for which considerable preparation is required. Applicants are then interviewed by a panel.

Faculty of Law


Criteria for selection of students into second-year law

A maximum of 300 places in each of LAWS 211, 212, 213 and 214 is available. Applicants for second-year Law must have passed:

  • LAWS 121, 122 and 123 at Victoria, or their equivalents at another New Zealand or Australian university and
  • at least 70 other non-LAWS points (or 120 points, including the equivalent of LAWS 121, 122 and 123) by 10 December.

Note: All transferring students must have 120 points including 100-level Law to be eligible for selection.

Subject to the provisions for exceptional circumstances set out below, students will be selected for places in second-year courses on the following basis.

Priority will be given to students who have previously enrolled in a 200-level LAWS course at Victoria University or any other New Zealand university provided they satisfy the criteria at category 1 below, followed by first-time applicants who satisfy the criteria at category 2 below.

Note: "200-level LAWS points" means points associated with LAWS 211, 212, 213 and 214 and 297. Non-LAWS grades are not taken into account when calculating grade averages for the purposes of applying any of these entry criteria.

Category 1

Returning 200-level LAWS students who have passed more than 50% of all previous 200-level LAWS points (at Victoria or any other New Zealand university) in respect of which they have received a grade (ie. a passing grade or failing grade).

Category 2

First-time applicants (ie. LLB students who have not previously enrolled in a 200-level LAWS course, but who have completed their 100-level LAWS courses) who:
  1. have a B+ grade point average (or better) over LAWS 121, 122 and 123, and

  2. have passed at least 70 non-LAWS points, (or 120 points, including the equivalent of LAWS 121, 122 and 123) by 10 December.

If there is a need to determine cut-off points (ie between accepted, waitlisted and declined applicants), specific marks in 100-level LAWS courses may be taken into account.

Category 3

If there is space remaining after categories 1 and 2 above have been considered, that remaining space will be filled by ranking all other applicants by grade point average in LAWS courses and selecting according to that ranking.

In calculating the grade point average for category 3, only the best 100-level LAWS passing grades are taken into account, but all 200-level LAWS grades, including 200-level LAWS failing grades, are taken into account. Find further rules regarding the eligibility of returning law students to second-year law courses on the Law website.

Māori admissions process

A supplementary admission process is also run to assess tangata whenua students for entry into second-year LAWS courses if they would not otherwise be considered. Ten percent of available places in each second-year LAWS course are reserved for Māori students applying under the Māori Admissions Process.


Graduate students may be permitted to enrol in 100-level and 200-level LAWS concurrently. They may also be permitted to enrol in 200-level LAWS without concurrent enrolment in 100-level LAWS, but only where they have previously passed 100-level courses.

To be considered for graduate enrolment graduate students must have achieved a B+ average over their most recent 90 non-LAWS points or their equivalent. If that permission is granted, graduates may enrol concurrently in 100- and 200-level LAWS once only. The policy regarding graduate entry to the LLB may be seen on the Law website.

Exceptional circumstances

Although the above criteria will be the primary basis for admission to second-year Law, students who have passed the prerequisite courses but failed to otherwise satisfy the entry criteria may seek selection into second-year courses on the basis of exceptional circumstances. These are circumstances that make the application of the above criteria inappropriate to them and that justify ranking them ahead of applicants who have stronger qualifications for admission in terms of this policy.

The documentation of exceptional circumstances must be made on the Faculty’s form in writing and be submitted by 10 December of the year prior to study; late applications cannot be considered.

These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by a panel of Faculty members, chaired by the Deputy Dean.

Other selection considerations

Applicants with international or non-standard qualifications are subject to the preceding criteria. Contact the Law Faculty Student Administration Office for advice.

200-level streams

Choose your stream carefully as you may not be permitted to change stream mid-year. Course/stream preferences are included as part of the online enrolment process.

Criteria for selection of students into 300-level electives

Laws 301 and 312

All students must complete LAWS 301, Property Law, and LAWS 312, Equity, Trusts and Succession in their third year, or fourth year if studying for a double degree (provided they have not completed LAWS 301 prior to 2011).

300-level electives

Applications for all 300-level law electives including the summer trimester should be submitted by the limited entry deadline of 10 December.

A student can not enrol in any 300-level LAWS elective (in any trimester) which has a 200-level LAWS course as a prerequisite unless they have already received a pass grade for that prerequisite course. To enrol in a 300-level elective in the first or second trimester you must have either passed LAWS 301 or be enrolled in it. If a course is oversubscribed by 10 December, priority is given to students who are enrolling in their final trimester of study. The balance will be accepted by ballot. If the number of applications at 10 December does not exceed the cap, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to selection criteria and prerequisites.

Refer to the Law website for details of selection into the summer trimester.

Faculty of Science


Selection criteria for limited entry courses

Selection is based on academic merit.

Selection criteria for limited entry programmes

PG Diplomas/Honours/Master's part 1

Selection is based on academic merit, particularly at 300-level.

Master's by thesis and specialist programmes

In general the selection criteria involve:

  1. academic merit
  2. relevant experience
  3. motivation to do the programme
  4. In some programmes applicants may also be interviewed.

Appeals against exclusion

These should be made, in writing, to the Associate Dean (Students) of the Faculty of Science.