What is a Bachelor degree?

In New Zealand a Bachelor degree typically involves three years of full-time study. (In addition, it's often possible to gain 'Honours' in a Bachelor degree, which usually involves an additional year of study.)

There are many different types of Bachelor degree, depending on the field of study. Examples include the Bachelor of Sciences degree (abbreviated to BSc), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Engineering (BEng or BE), and many others.

If you would like more information about Bachelor degrees in general terms, read the Wikipedia article.

What to major in?

As well as deciding which type of Bachelor degree to do, students usually have to decide what to 'major' in – in other words, which subject (or subjects) to specialise in. For each type of Bachelor degree there may be dozens of possible majors to choose from.

For example, someone studying for a BSc could potentially major (specialise) in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics, etc; someone studying for a BA could major in Māori, English, Philosophy or History, etc; and so on.

If you want to it's usually possible to include two majors in your degree – known as a 'double major' (naturally, this requires more study than for a single major).

If you would like to learn more about 'majors' and 'major subject areas' (referred to below) as well as 'minors', visit our terminology page.

What is included in No Major Drama?

No Major Drama includes all majors from across NZ's eight universities* – grouped into 181 major subject areas representing 740 specific majors.

(*NZ's eight universities are: Auckland University of Technology, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington)

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