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University Transfer Programme: Science

UTP: Science is equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate science studies. Upon completion of the programme, you will be eligible to progress* to the second year of the Bachelor of Science degree and you will be able to choose from a variety of specialisations.
Programme facts
  • Facilities for science are world-class and include field stations throughout the South Island of New Zealand and in Antarctica.
  • Cutting-edge laboratories, access to 24-hour computer labs and specialist library collections.
  • UC's scientists are involved in internationally ground-breaking research. They have designed components for the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, are discovering new ways to combat superbugs, developing new non-invasive diagnostic techniques in medicine and have ring lasers to measure Earth's rotation.
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Year 2 Bachelor of Science at UC



Year International Students


NZD$32,900 (per programme)



3 semesters (1 year)


February, June, October

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Required Courses

Students will select eight courses from the following subject areas; note some subjects offer more than one course, not all subjects may be offered.

  • Mathematics 1
  • Mathematics 2
  • Statistics

Entry to the second year:
University of Canterbury
Bachelor of Science

Available majors and endorsements:

  • Computer Science
  • Financial Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

For more information on the University of Canterbury's College of Science, visit

* Students must complete and pass all courses in the UTP programme, apply before the University of Canterbury deadline and meet any additional requirements from the University. Access to selected faculties of the University may require the completion of certain prerequisites. UCIC will advise students individually in this regard as required. Course offerings may change without notice. Please contact for information regarding course offerings.

** UCIC’s University Transfer Programme: Science is a NZQA approved Training Scheme. This does not lead to a formal qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. The University Transfer Programme: Science may be used for progression requirements under a pathway arrangement between UCIC and UC, subject to final approval by the University of Canterbury.

Notes: Please refer to the Fees & Payment page for full fees information. In addition to programme fees, all UCIC students must pay the Student Services Levy, which contributes to the excellent services and facilities on campus.

Commencement each semester will be dependent upon enrolments.

Admission Requirements


Potential career paths

A Science degree will give you both general and specialised subject knowledge. Science graduates are experts in problem solving, teamwork and communication. Comfortable with the latest technology, science graduates are ideally suited to the knowledge economy and are highly employable. You could go on to a career in research, business, industry, education, environmental science, health and central or local government organisations.

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