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. Universities in New Zealand are recognized all over the world. These are found in various University Rankings both overall and subject wise. The healthy study environment attracts the students from all round the globe.

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 organization as a mandatory clause.

University Programs in New Zealand

There are various degrees and diplomas including bachelor, post graduate, doctorate, and post-doctorate level, MBAs and Business degrees offered by Universities in New Zealand. Some of the typical study programs are mentioed below.

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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