Undergraduate degree programmes

Study towards a world-class undergraduate degree in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city.

How undergraduate study works

Undergraduate degrees are usually three or four years of full-time study. Mix and match different subjects to make up your degree.

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  • Architecture and Building Science 

    Come and design our physical world. Study all aspects of the built environment, from design and construction to habitability and materials.

    • Architecture

      Architecture can shape a person's experience of a space or influence the identity of entire cities. Get started on your Architecture journey at Victoria.

      Available subjects
      • Architecture
      • Architecture History and Theory
      • Interior Architecture
      • Landscape Architecture
    • Building Science

      Building Science will provide you with the practical and theoretical knowledge required to construct durable, healthy and economical buildings.

      Available subjects
      • Project Management
      • Sustainable Engineering Systems
  • Business 

    Gain the skills and expertise you need to enter the ever-changing world of business with an internationally accredited degree in Commerce or Tourism Management.

  • Design, Film and Media 

    Study writing, music, media and design in New Zealand's creative capital. Develop a critical perspective as well as practical skills.

    • Design

      Explore innovation and the concept of good design as an agent for positive change while gaining a future-focused skill set.

      Available subjects
      • Culture+Context Design
      • Industrial Design
      • Media Design
  • Education and Teaching 

    Education isn't about filling a bucket, it's about lighting a fire. Become a teacher, learn to lead or delve into education issues.

    • Education

      Develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding to make judgements about education and to analyse educational problems.

      Available subjects
      • Education
      • Restorative Justice
    • Language Teaching

      Language teachers need specialised skills. Learn how to teach English overseas or, if you already know a second/foreign language, learn how to teach it.

      Available subjects
      • Applied Linguistics
      • Second Language Learning and Teaching
      • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    • Teacher Education

      Is teaching your calling? At Victoria you can study early childhood, primary or secondary school teaching. You can also explore language teaching.

      Available subjects
      • Early Childhood Teacher Education
      • Primary Teacher Education
      • Secondary Teacher Education
  • English Literature and Creative Writing 

    Learn to appreciate great literary works—historical and contemporary—from a new perspective. Discover how to write with conviction, in your own unique voice.

    • Creative Writing

      Identify and develop your own distinctive voice in writing for the page (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) and scriptwriting (stage, screen, radio).

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    • English Literature

      Study texts from Old English to the present day and from New Zealand and the Pacific to America, in a variety of literary, historical and cultural contexts.

      Available subjects
      • English Literature
  • Engineering and Digital Technologies 

    Gain essential digital-based technology skills and knowledge—from software to hardware, robots to computer graphics, apps to healthcare devices.

  • Environmental Sciences 

    Study the environment from any angle: biological, political, ecological or societal.

    available subjects
    • Conservation Biology
    • Ecological Restoration
    • Ecology and Biodiversity
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Studies
    • Marine Biology
    • Marine Conservation
  • Health 

    Study the science of curing diseases and creating new drugs, explore health research or take your nursing or midwifery career to the next level. New health subjects are also being developed through the new Faculty of Health for 2018.

    • Biomedical Sciences

      Biomedical Science studies human health and disease, including genetics, immunology, biological and medicinal chemistry, physiology and environmental health.

      Available subjects
      • Biomedical Science
      • Clinical Immunology
      • Clinical Research
      • Drug Discovery and Development
      • Human Genetics
      • Molecular Pathology
      • Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry
    • Health

      The Faculty of Health is Victoria's newest Faculty and will begin teaching in 2018. It will focus on subjects such as health promotion and health policy.

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    • Postgraduate Midwifery

      Develop a deeper understanding of your work and improve the quality of care you provide with advanced study of Midwifery.

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    • Postgraduate Nursing

      Develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in clinical practice with postgraduate study of nursing science.

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  • History and Philosophy 

    Unravel the mysteries of the historical past and classical times, explore history through art and analyse the philosophical puzzles of daily life.

    • Art History

      Think critically about art in all its forms—from historical and contemporary New Zealand and Pacific art to the work of digital media artists.

      Available subjects
      • Art History
      • Museum and Heritage Studies
    • Classics

      From language to democracy, the classical world of ancient Greece and Rome is the foundation of Western culture.

      Available subjects
      • Classical Studies
      • Greek
      • Latin
    • History

      Take yourself to different places, times and peoples. Understand who we are and how our past influences and shapes us.

      Available subjects
      • History
      • New Zealand Studies
      • Text Technologies
    • Philosophy

      Explore the nature of argument and justification, and examine the rational basis of belief in all areas of enquiry.

      Available subjects
      • Philosophy
  • Languages and Linguistics 

    Learn a modern language, study a different culture through its literature, or explore the linguistic structure and use of language.

  • Law 

    There's no better place to study law than our globally-recognised law school, right in the legal heart of New Zealand.

    available subjects
    • Law
  • Mathematics and Statistics 

    From cryptography to combustion, risk models to biostatistics: Mathematics and Statistics students seek out patterns and explore our information-rich world.

    available subjects
    • Actuarial Science
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Stochastic Processes in Finance and Insurance
  • Music and Theatre 

    Shakespeare to Shortland Street, brass to bass, scenography to scriptwriting, music therapy to musicology—study Music and Theatre in New Zeland's arts capital.

    • Music

      Study music in all its forms under professionally active, internationally acclaimed artists and researchers.

      Available subjects
      • Classical Performance
      • Composition
      • Jazz
      • Music
      • Music Studies
      • Music Therapy
    • Theatre

      Study live performance and stagecraft from all angles, delving into history, theatre's place in society and the human desire to act.

      Available subjects
      • Theatre
  • Politics and Public Policy 

    Dig into issues of power and diplomacy at home and abroad, or examine how governments and public agencies address issues through policy and management.

  • Psychology 

    Study the links between human behaviour and the brain. Explore Psychology in different contexts—educational, forensic, neuroscientific and cross-cultural.

    • Educational Psychology

      Study the psychology behind the process of learning and teaching. Learn to apply your skills to help students succeed in a variety of educational settings.

      Available subjects
      • Education and Psychology
      • Educational Psychology
    • Psychology

      Understand the way we think, the way we interact with others, our cultural identity, our biological make-up, our environment and our experiences.

      Available subjects
      • Clinical Psychology
      • Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience
      • Cross-Cultural Psychology
      • Forensic Psychology
      • Psychology
  • Science 

    Science is an adventure and scientists are explorers, looking into the unknown for solutions to life's most pressing problems and mysteries.

    • Biological Sciences

      Study pure Biological Science or branch out into a specialty field such as Biotechnology or Cell and Molecular Bioscience.

      Available subjects
      • Biology
      • Biotechnology
      • Cell and Molecular Bioscience
      • Molecular Microbiology
    • Biomedical Sciences

      Biomedical Science studies human health and disease, including genetics, immunology, biological and medicinal chemistry, physiology and environmental health.

      Available subjects
      • Biomedical Science
      • Clinical Immunology
      • Clinical Research
      • Drug Discovery and Development
      • Human Genetics
      • Molecular Pathology
      • Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry
    • Chemistry

      Chemistry underlies all the functions of the human body, the buildings we live and work in, the energy we generate and consume, and the air we breathe.

      Available subjects
      • Chemistry
    • Development Studies

      Study human societies and their relationship to the Earth we live on. Investigate inequality between people and nations, and the ethical issues it creates.

      Available subjects
      • Development Studies
    • Earth Sciences

      Earthquakes, mountain building, volcanic eruptions, dinosaurs, climate change, and the origin and evolution of life: all in a day's work for a geologist.

      Available subjects
      • Geology
      • Geophysics – Meteorology
      • Geophysics – Solid Earth
      • Petroleum Geoscience
    • Geography

      Study economic, urban, social, cultural and population geography, with a focus on the processes of change in regional economies and human societies.

      Available subjects
      • Development Studies
      • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
      • Geography
      • Physical Geography
    • Physics

      Physics examines matter and energy in all forms—from the kinetic energy of a speeding car to the nuclear energy released by fusion in the core of a star.

      Available subjects
      • Applied Physics
      • Physics
    • Science in Society

      Explore the relationships between science and technology, scientists and society, the history and philosophy of science, and science communication.

      Available subjects
      • Science in Context
  • Social Sciences 

    Examine the many facets of human experience and how we interact as individuals and communities.

    • Anthropology

      Explore how culture shapes human life around the world—from religion and politics to gender identity and family ties.

      Available subjects
      • Cultural Anthropology
    • Criminology

      Criminology is the study of crime and how we as a society react to it.

      Available subjects
      • Criminology
      • Restorative Justice
    • Development Studies

      Study human societies and their relationship to the Earth we live on. Investigate inequality between people and nations, and the ethical issues it creates.

      Available subjects
      • Development Studies
    • Geography

      Study economic, urban, social, cultural and population geography, with a focus on the processes of change in regional economies and human societies.

      Available subjects
      • Development Studies
      • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
      • Geography
      • Physical Geography
    • Māori Studies

      Examine the Māori people, their language, culture, and relationship to the other cultures of New Zealand, the Pacific and the world.

      Available subjects
      • Māori Resource Management
      • Māori Studies
      • Tohu Māoritanga
    • Religious Studies

      To better understand ourselves and others, we look at the role of religion in conflict, peace-making, politics, law, morality and ethics.

      Available subjects
      • Religious Studies
    • Sociology

      Gain deep insights into social life, discovering how social relationships in different contexts are organised, expressed, influenced and governed.

      Available subjects
      • Social Policy
      • Sociology