An Overview of Higher Education in New Zealand

In New Zealand, new ideas are encouraged which lead to new discoveries in field of education. Higher education goes parallel with the new trends globally and that is why it has become a much desirable place in the world to pursue higher studies. The healthy study environment attracts the students from all round the globe.

Universities in New Zealand are recognised all over the world. London’s legatum institute has referred New Zealand among few of the top countries to study internationally. New Zealand’s universities were featured in the 2013/14 QS World Top 500 University Rankings. Universities were placed among top 50 among 18 subjects. New Zealand has definitely come up as a tremendous choice for students who wish to acquire international knowledge. Courses range from short diplomas to elaborate degrees in various disciplines. 

New Zealand Ministry of Education

Ministry of education acts as a lead suggestive authority to Government of New Zealand in terms of education. Also, it takes control of the serious tasks like budgeting for educational purposes. All the budgeting is planned by the ministry and further passed on to Government for final approval. The qualifications authority of New Zealand is the significant authority which is held liable for all the higher qualification courses available in New Zealand. All the universities offering such courses must be registered with the organisation as a mandatory clause.

 Prominent Universities in New Zealand

Eight universities provide tertiary courses for higher education in New Zealand:-
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Lincoln University
  • Massey University
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago
  • University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

There are various degrees offered by above mentioned universities in various disciplines at bachelor, post graduate, doctorate, and post-doctorate level. Besides this, there are diplomas offered by above mentioned universities. Here are these degrees at a glance:

Bachelor Degrees

  • BAS or Bachelor of Architectural Studies
  • BA or Bachelor of Arts
  • BCom or Bachelor of Commerce
  • BDanceSt or Bachelor of Dance Studies
  • Bed (teaching) or Bachelor of Education
  • BE (Hons) or Bachelor of Engineering and much more.
Apart from degrees mentioned above, bachelor degrees are offered in various disciplined in Health Sciences, Human services, Law, Medicine & Surgery, Music, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Property, Physical Education, Property, Science, and Biomedical Science.

Masters Degrees

  • MA
  • MA in Sustainable design
  • MA-professional
  • MBE or Master of Bioscience Enterprise
  • MBA 
Along with above mentioned degrees, there are post graduate degrees in audiology, bioscience enterprise, clinical education, clinical pharmacy, commerce, counselling, creative writing, dance studies, disaster management, education, education leadership, energy, engineering, engineering management, fine arts, international business, laws, legal studies and literature. 

Doctoral Degrees

  • PhD in Arts
  • PhD in Business
  • PhD in Creative Arts and Industries
  • PhD in Education or Social Work
  • PhD in Engineering
  • PhD in Law
  • PhD in Medical and Health Sciences
  • PhD in Science


DipLang or Diploma in Languages  

CertArts or Certificate in Arts 
CertLang or Certificate in Languages 
CertHSC or Hikitia te ora - Certificate in Health Sciences 
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