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At Massey University we refer to programmes and courses. A programme is your overall qualification (for example, degree, diploma and certificate) whereas courses are the individual modules that you take to complete your chosen programme. For example, the "Bachelor of Business" is a programme whereas "115.101 Statistics for Business" is a course that is part of the Bachelor of Business programme.
Each programme has its own structure which is explained in the Programmes and courses web pages. When you select your individual courses you need to ensure that you are on track to fulfil all of your programme requirements to be able to graduate.
Each programme has its own structure and requirements. A study plan can help you map out your courses and help you identify:
For more information including what prerequisites like "Permission of Head of Department" mean see prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions.
For requirements for all our programmes see the Programmes and courses web pages.
Study at university requires a significant time investment. Students often comment that balancing their everyday commitments with study requirements can be quite challenging. So it is important to carefully consider how many courses you should take, especially when beginning your study.
To help you work out how you could fit study into your regular routine you can use our Workload Planning Tool. It is an interactive tool which displays a list of every day activities and asks you to estimate how much time you spend on each activity each week. It also asks you how many courses you want to take and will provide you with some helpful feedback on your results.
As well as the overall programme requirements, you will also need to ensure you understand the requirements for each individual course that you want to enrol in. In particular, it is very important you understand:
All of this information can be found within the course description information on the Programme and courses web pages.
Massey University recognises prior learning achieved within both formal and informal settings. Credit may be awarded for:
It is important to consider all the costs involved in the study process. When studying at a distance as well as the tuition fees you should also take into consideration other costs involved in attending on-campus contact workshops, postage for assignments and so on. See the Fees web pages for information about fees and possible funding sources.
We would like to help you make the right decisions when choosing and planning your study with us. We have people who can give you study advice to create an individual pathway for your programme.
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Last updated on Thursday 25 July 2019