Student Information

This page contains information that we hope will be helpful to your studies, including how to plan your course and where to get support when you need it.

Help and advice

You are welcome to approach staff members for advice. If it is a matter concerning a particular course, you should in the first instance contact the course coordinator. For more general advice on planning, first contact the School Office and the staff there will direct you to the relevant advisor.

If a problem arises for which you would rather not approach the course coordinator or lecturer, feel free to consult your Programme Director or the Head of School.

Designated staff in the school are able to advise women students, Maori and Pacific Nation students, international students, students with disabilities and conjoint BTeach students about any specific concerns. You can find these staff in the staff directory.

If you wish to seek external aid, the Student Services Group is available to provide a variety of support and services. VUWSA is also available for welfare and representation needs.

Students with impairments are protected by the "Meeting the Needs of Students with Impairments Policy". This policy aims to give students with impairments the same opportunity as other students to demonstrate their abilities. You should contact your course coordinator if you feel your impairment will hinder your academic progress in any way. You may wish to approach a Student Adviser from Disability Support Services to confidentially discuss your individual needs and the options and support that are available.

Important dates

Victoria's home site contains the approved dates and deadlines for trimesters, withdrawls and holiday breaks.

Policies

Students should familiarise themselves with the university's student policies and statutes.

You should particularly familiarise yourself with:

In addition, there are other important aspects of your study that you must be aware of:

Course List

Victoria's home site holds all undergraduate and postgraduate course lists.

School course lists (undergraduate and postgraduate) can be found on this page.

Scholarships

New scholarships, for which you may be eligible, become available frequently. You should visit the university's scholarships database regularly.

Course codes and CRNs

Course codes include a 4-letter subject code and a 3-digit number - the first digit denotes the level of the course. The University has three trimesters each year. Most courses are offered in just one of the three trimesters, but some are offered more than once and some are spread over two trimesters. Each offering of a course has a unique Course Reference Number (CRN) which will be needed for enrolment forms and accessing information online.

Course planning

You should plan your course of study as a coherent programme over the three or more years required. Usually, first-year students can only enrol in 100-level courses. In choosing your courses it is important to take account of:

  • The overall requirements of the degree(s) you have chosen.
  • The specific requirements of your major subject(s).
  • Entry criteria for 100-level courses (see NCEA entry requirements, or their equivalent).
  • Prerequisites for courses, especially those that have prerequisites in other subject areas.
  • Workload constraints: 60 points per trimester represents standard full-time study. Most full-time first-year students take seven or eight courses (105/120 points per year).
  • Timetable constraints: draw up your own timetable to ensure you do not have any clashes. You may find the course timetable useful for this.
  • There will generally be some choice about which courses you take, especially in your first year. This enables you to build a programme that can keep options open if you are unsure of your preferred major. There are many interesting courses around, and your specific interests may change as you advance through your degree.

Each major has its own requirements and advice. Please follow the links below to find out more.

You may like to consider extending your degree: it is possible to take a degree with a 'double major' by satisfying the requirements of two subject areas, or to take a 'double degree' by taking two degrees from different faculties. Some sharing is permitted, so a double degree requires fewer points than the two degrees separately.

Graduate Handbook

To view the SMS Graduate Resource Handbook

(est. 2016). Any questions are to be forwarded to the Postgraduate Administrator, Kelsey Firmin

VUW Thesis Templates

There are LaTeX templates available for typesetting your Masters or PhD thesis in the correct VUW format.

Special Notices for Graduate Students

Please see the Graduate Students Notices page for information of relevance to graduate students in the School.

Information and Resources for International and Migrant Students

Please see the International and Migrant Students page for useful resources for international students and those from a non-English speaking background.