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undergraduate

Degree

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Zoology (Coursework)

undergraduate

Degree

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Zoology (Coursework)

Quick facts

  • Annual tuition (2022)

    $39,780 NZD

  • Application fee

    Free

  • Duration

    3 years

  • PSW

    3 years

  • Min GPA

    70 out of 100

Deadlines

Term start & deadline Deadline
Fall-February 31-October-2022 2022-10-31
Winter-July 30-April-2023 2023-04-30
Fall-February 31-October-2023 2023-10-31
Winter-July 30-April-2024 2024-04-30

Overview

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Zoology

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) at the University of Otago is a three-year undergraduate degree that enables students to develop their interests in a science subject (science major) and related subjects. 

In addition, students have the flexibility to combine their major subject with other science subjects, as well as topics from different disciplines across the University.

Animals, how they live and interact.

Did you know that New Zealand’s only mammals were bats and seals, until about 1000 years ago? Animals are fascinating and there is so much to learn about them – the Zoology courses at Otago will blow your mind.

Zoology is the study of animals, their behavior, their physiology, and evolution, as well as their interactions with each other and with their environment. 

Zoologists also study how animals evolved and the impact of environmental change on their survival. 

They search for ways to manage wildlife populations and conserve rare and endangered species, such as takahe, frogs, and tuatara. 

They study the costs and benefits of conservation and ways to enhance species' survival.

Why study Zoology at Otago?

You get to work in all sorts of spectacular environments and have the opportunity to explore all sorts of places where there is animal life, like mountains, grasslands, oceans, fiords, and wetlands. 

There are lots of travel opportunities with Zoology – check out the university graduate profiles! Zoology is a global science that will take you to all corners of the world.

New Zealand has its own unique animal life and it’s a great place to study zoology and other environmental sciences. It’s also one of the most interdisciplinary subjects. 

Staff in Zoology include ecologists, physiologists, developmental biologists, geneticists, evolutionary biologists, mathematicians, and even filmmakers. 

In our modern world, it is more important than ever that we restore and manage our environment. Zoologists can help to do that.

Estimate your cost

Residency
Count of person

$58,476

Total costs

yearly

Details


Cost of living 1 person $4,140
Accommodation 1 bed room $18,696
Tuition 1 person $39,780

Hourly wage

Min wage

21.20 NZD / 1 hour

in New Zealand every student can work 20 hour per week

Required documents

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Educational Credential Evaluators report (ECE) (If required)
  • Proof of your identity (Full name, date of birth, and nationality)
  • Certified/notarised copy (passport or birth certificate)
  • English Language Proficiency (If Available)

Language requirements

GRE
not required
GMAT
not required

IELTS

6
5.5
listening
5.5
writing
5.5
speaking
5.5
reading

TOEFL

80
-
listening
20
writing
-
speaking
-
reading

PTE

50
42
listening
42
writing
42
speaking
42
reading

Cambridge

176
169
listening
169
writing
169
speaking
169
reading
Language pathway (conditional offer) is available

TOEFL iBT Home Edition is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes.

Pearson Test of English Academic Online is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing in semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes.

 

Don’t meet the English language requirements?

The University of Otago Language Centre English for Otago programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements.

 

Entrance requirements if you are not sitting the English for Otago entrance exam

If you are not sitting the English for Otago entrance exam, these are the entrance requirements:

CourseTestEntrance requirement
Undergraduate programmeIELTS5.5 (no band below 5.0)
 IELTS Online5.5 (no band below 5.0)
 TOEFL iBT70 (writing 15)
TOEFL iBT Home Edition is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes.
 Pearson Test of English (Academic)PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36.
Pearson Test of English Academic Online is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing in semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes.

Study period

  • October 2022 intake: 15 weeks
  • February, July and October 2023 intakes: 12 weeks

Academic background and requirement

Undergraduate entrance requirements

The university recognizes many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance. 

To check if the university recognizes your previous studies, determine the country where you gained the qualification. Countries entrance requirements example:

China entrance requirements:

Senior High School graduation and one year of successful study at a recognized institution of university standing; 
Or Senior High School graduation and completion of a diploma with high passing grades at a recognized institute or university.

Students with the requisite scores in Gaokao may be given direct entry to bachelor degree programme.

India entrance requirements:

Minimum overall average of 75% in the All India Senior School Examination (CBSE) or Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) with a minimum of 70% in English.

The scores are calculated on the best four academic subjects excluding local languages and non-academic subjects.

Iran entrance requirements:

One year of successful study at a recognized institution of university standing, or successful completion of a University of Otago Foundation Year programme or equivalent.

The university also accepts the following international qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE Advanced Levels: minimum Numerical Score of 8.
  • Northern Consortium United Kingdom (NCUK) International Foundation Year (IFY)
  • Satisfactory completion of one year's study at a recognized tertiary institution.

Background required

There are no special requirements.

 

Pathway programme

Study in your chosen subject area and gain a university entrance qualification

The University of Otago Pathway programme offers a university entrance qualification within two 13-week semesters for domestic and international students. It is called the Foundation Studies Certificate (FSC).

Career opportunities

  • Zookeeper
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Ecologist
  • Nature Conservation Officer
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Zoologist

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