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Programme overview

Science can solve global environmental crises if a large number of people are aware and understand them. When you study Science Communication at Unitec, you'll develop the skills and knowledge critical to an emerging industry of science professionals. We've recognised there is a need for science graduates who understand and know how to use communication tools and strategies in their professional practice in order for science to be able to help solve the world's environmental issues.

In this programme, you have the opportunity to pick from a range of courses including those in environmental and animal sciences, business, communication and creative industries; all of which will give you a broad range of skills that will allow you to have a real impact as a practicing science professional.


  • Learn from experts in a variety of disciplines to develop a unique set of skills for the science or communication career market
  • Participate in teaching and learning that focuses on practical application
  • Work on a communication project where, for example, you may produce a documentary on your own research

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

  • 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and
  • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved)

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)

3. 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau

4. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more detailed information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Diversity of Life: Plants and Fungi (NSCI5101) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of the basis of classification of plants, fungi and protists and their underlying structure and function.
Principles of Biology (NSCI5104) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of the underlying chemical and physical processes which serve to promote and enable order in biological systems.
Earth Processes (NSCI5730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide a scientific understanding of physical and chemical processes and their interactions which are essential to life on Earth.
Principles of Ecology (NSCI5731) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of the interactions that occur between organisms and their environment.
Contemporary Issues in Biology (NSCI5734) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to research contemporary issues in biological sciences and thereby facilitate the acquisition of fundamental academic skills that support studies in the Bachelor of Applied Science.
Science and Society (NSCI5735) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore ways in which Science and human society have developed and interacted throughout history; to equip students with an appreciation that science takes place within a broad cultural framework and to recognise the validity of differing points of view.
Principles of Animal Husbandry (NSCI5738) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and application of animal husbandry in a range of animal species.
Research Methods (NSCI6730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop skills in research methodology that will allow students to plan and initiate research, to analyse data and to critically appraise research findings.
Self-Directed Study-SA/SB (Sem A) (NSCI7731-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an opportunity to complete an in-depth applied science study using research skills and to disseminate their findings in an appropriate format.
Self-Directed Study-SA/SB (Sem B) (NSCI7731-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an opportunity to complete an in-depth applied science study using research skills and to disseminate their findings in an appropriate format.
Professional News Writing (COMM6537) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of sound news writing practice.
Ecological Risk and its Mitigation (NSCI6746) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To apply ecological theory and techniques to the assessment of environmental risk from human impacts and evaluate mitigations for the sustainable utilisation of biological resources.
Pacific Veterinary Nursing Practicum (NSCI6747) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to reflect on and apply the skills, theoretical and practical knowledge gained during their field trip, and to develop their inter-personal skills in a challenging work-based environment
Molecular Genetics and Evolution (NSCI6748) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore the genetic basis of evolution; to acquire practical skills in basic molecular analysis; to assess how the study of genetics and the use of molecular tools can inform biodiversity conservation, animal breeding, animal welfare and our understanding of evolutionary ecology.
Acting for Non-Actors (PASA6231) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain a practical understanding of the techniques of acting presentations skills, voice and movement. This course focuses on giving a hands-on experience to participants in workshop and classroom exercises.
Audience, Context & Interpretation (PASA6901) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to examine the ways in which the creator/performer communicates with their audience in an interactive multi-disciplinary learning environment which includes an artist hui at Te Noho Kotahitanga marae. This course focuses on understanding through the analysis of the modes of address and conventions of representation and interpretation commonly associated with performing and screen arts culture.
Campaign Project (COMM7544) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop, deliver and evaluate a socially responsible digital media-based communication production.
Advanced Research (HSDV7340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course provides students an opportunity to engage in designing and conducting an aspect of a negotiated research/study project relevant to the student’s discipline/context.
Applied Animal Behaviour Science (NSCI7106) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To assess and interpret observed behaviour of selected animals (in a range of situations) in relation to their environment. To explain how an understanding of applied animal behaviour can be used to improve animal management and welfare.
Conservation Science (NSCI7732) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To understand how the knowledge of genetics and population dynamics can be used to influence conservation and wildlife management decisions.
Captive Wild Animal Population Management (NSCI7738) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to recognise and discuss the tools and processes used in the management of animal populations in zoos.





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Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 from a mix of subjects, 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Maths & English language requirements or relevant & equivalent qualifications, special & discretionary admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


3 Years

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $6,606$19,819
Government tuition subsidy: $12,872$38,616

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$44,364
Earnings range$33,600 - $53,015
In employment47%
In further study47%
On a benefit1%

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