We welcome applications from international students studying a wide range of New Zealand and international qualifications. You must fulfill our requirements to receive an offer of place, or you must be in a position to fulfill our requirements to be considered for a conditional offer of place.
Entry requirements are based on your prior study and we provide specific requirements for qualifications our international students have most frequently achieved. There are additional entry requirements for some programmes and these vary depending on the programme you are applying for.
English language requirements
You must meet English language requirements. These may be met through an approved English language test or prior study in the English medium.
Undergraduate entry requirements
Find out how to gain entry to the University, including standards you’ll have to meet under NCEA, CIE and IB; and alternative entrance pathways.
New Zealand secondary school applicants
- You can transfer credit from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification.
Overseas secondary school applicants
- Undergraduate entry requirements for applicants with secondary school qualifications completed overseas.
Undergraduate English language requirements
Discretionary Entrance applicants
- Undergraduate entry requirements for New Zealand and Australian citizens and residents with exceptional results in Year 12 (NCEA Level 2 or higher).
Applicants under 16
Home school applicants
Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes (UTAS)
- Undergraduate Targeted Admission Scheme (UTAS) for eligible Māori and applicants from some equity groups.
Foundation study applicants
- Entry requirements for applicants who have completed a University of Auckland foundation programme at UP Education or Taylors.
2021 University entrance for school leavers
Masters degree entry requirements
Masters degrees are usually either one year (120 points), 18 months (180 points), or two years (240 points), of full-time study. Eligibility depends on completed prior study. Not all programmes include all options.
There are two types of Masters degrees:
- Research Masters, which include a thesis or research portfolio of at least 90 points
- Taught Masters, which are usually comprised of taught courses, but may include a dissertation or research project of less than 90 points.
Admission to a 120 point Masters degree
Normally this requires a completed bachelor honours degree or postgraduate diploma from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent postgraduate qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas.
For masters supervisors and research projects, see FindaThesis, the research webpages for your area of interest or contact the postgraduate adviser for your faculty.
Admission to a 180 point Masters degree
This normally requires a completed bachelor degree or postgraduate certificate from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account.
Admission to a 240 point Masters degree
This normally requires a completed bachelor degree from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account.
Many programmes such as architecture, fine arts, music, urban design or writing, require supplementary evidence of creative ability (e.g. a portfolio or audition).
To see the entry requirements for your intended programme(s), view the programme pages:
- Arts postgraduate programmes
- Business postgraduate programmes
- Creative Arts and Industries postgraduate programmes
- Education and Social Work postgraduate programmes
- Engineering postgraduate programmes
- Law postgraduate programmes
- Medical and Health Sciences postgraduate programmes
- Science postgraduate programmes
Doctoral entry requirements
You must have completed a significant research project, dissertation or thesis, at university level. You need to have completed a postgraduate bachelors (honours) degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours, or a masters degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours in a relevant field.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is available in approximately 100 subjects. Named doctorates are available in Clinical Psychology, Education, Fine Arts, Music, Musical Arts, and Medicine.
Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) calculator
Grades or marks achieved at other institutions are given a Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) on the University’s 0-9 grading scale. If you have overseas qualifications you will typically need a GPE of 5.5. To view an indication of your GPE, use our GPE Calculator.
Supervision and research requirements
Meeting our academic requirements does not guarantee entry. You must demonstrate an ability to research independently, and possess a high level of theoretical understanding. Acceptance is subject to staff availability for supervision, and appropriate facilities.
You must write a preliminary research proposal to demonstrate your research capability and experience. This can be prepared in consultation with your proposed supervisor.
To identify doctoral supervisors and research projects see FindaThesis, the research webpages for your area of interest or contact the postgraduate adviser for your faculty.
Named doctorate requirements
Doctor of Clinical Psychology isrestricted to New Zealand and Australian citizens and residents, and has a limited number of places each year.
Doctor of Education requires at least two years’ professional experience in education or in another professional area considered comparable by the Board of Graduate Studies.
Doctor of Medicine requires a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, or equivalent medical degree, and at least five years experience in medical practice.
English language requirements
You must meet Postgraduate English language requirements.
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