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Entry requirements

English language proficiency

If you are an international applicant and your first language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can demonstrate this by achieving the required score in an approved English language test, such as IELTS, or successfully completing an ELA pathway programme. All test results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate and all English language requirements must be met within one test certificate. However, some of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes have higher requirements.


Entry requirements for international students

If you are an international student, you must meet University Entrance, individual programme and English-language requirements. Academic entry requirements are based on the grades you achieved in your prior study. Some programmes also require you to have taken specific subjects or to fulfil other requirements such as a portfolio, audition, interview or proven research capability.


Calculating your Grade Point Average and Grade Point Equivalent GPA/GPE

Grades or marks achieved at the University of Auckland are calculated

as a Grade Point Average (GPA). Grades or marks achieved through

prior study at other institutions are converted into a Grade Point

Equivalent (GPE) at the University of Auckland.


*The online calculator provides an indicative guide only and does not guarantee admission to the University.


Entry into a bachelors degree

You must meet the equivalent of the New Zealand University Entrance (UE) standard (the minimum standard for admission to New Zealand universities) as well as the entry requirements and undergraduate English language requirements for the programme you wish to pursue. These are listed on our website. If you have completed a qualification not listed on our website, we will assess your application on its merits.


Entry into a masters degree

To enter a 120-point (one-year) masters programme, you must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, in a related subject area at a recognised university, with the required GPE. The entry requirements for a 180-point or 240-point masters vary according to the subject area of your specialisation. Usually, you must have completed a bachelors degree

(or equivalent) in a related subject area at a recognised university, with the required grade point equivalent (GPE).


Entry into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Entry into a PhD is based on academic merit. You should also possess high-level critical research skills and theoretical understanding. You must be able to demonstrate an ability to carry out independent research and have already completed a significant research project, dissertation, or thesis, at university. You will need to have completed a masters-level qualification in a field related to your doctoral studies with the required grade point equivalent (GPE). Your acceptance is also dependent on the vailability of an appropriate supervisor and facilities for your area of study. The graduate adviser in the faculty or department in which you wish to study will be able to assist you and provide more information.


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