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Applied Science 5 (Level 5)

Leading to the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5)


It is intended that students progress on to study Applied Science 6 after completing Applied Science 5.
  • Starts February or July 2018
  • Fee guideline: $6978* per year
  • One year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Wintec City Campus, Hamilton

In this programme you'll learn theory and technical knowledge in a range of natural and physical sciences such as chemistry, biology, food nutrition and microbiology, and environmental sciences. 

What you'll study

You'll study six compulsory modules, and get to choose two elective modules.


Schedule of Modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Group A: Compulsory Modules:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
SCIE501Professional Skills in Applied Science 3515
SCIE502Practical Skills for Applied Science515
CHEM501Chemistry for Applied Science515
BIOL501Biology for Applied Science515
MICR501Microbiology for Applied Science515
CHEM502Organic Chemistry for Applied Science515


​​Group B: Elective Modules:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
SCIE503Quality Assurance for Applied Science515
SCIE401English for Applied Science415
PHYS501Physics for Applied Science515
FSCB501Food & Nutrition for Applied Science515
SCIE504Environmental Issues515
FSCB601Food Microbiology for Applied Science615MICR501
CHEM601Analytical Chemistry for Applied Science615



SCIE601Sensory Evaluation for Applied Science615
FSCB602Food Chemistry for Applied Science615



SCIE602Environmental Assessment for Applied Science615





SCIE603Quality Statistics and Workplace Legislation for Applied Science615SCIE503
SCIE604Molecular Methodologies for Applied Science615



ECOL601Ecology for Applied Science615BIOL501
SCIE605Conservation and Biosecurity for Applied Science615ECOL601
SCIE606Process Engineering for Applied Science615PHYS501
Any other approved 15 credit module5 or 615

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have:

  • A minimum of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2, including 12 credits in English or Māori; or
  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 3 or above; or
  • A Level 4 qualification in science; or
  • Equivalent

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

Domestic candidates aged over 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success, may be eligible for Special Admission at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Domestic candidates aged under 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational achievements and/or work life experiences, may be eligible for Provisional Entry, at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be able to work in routine operational positions in science-related fields of work including manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research and development.

On successful completion of the programme, graduates can apply to study the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6), or further diploma or bachelor degrees in a wide range of science-related disciplines.

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