Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences


How to apply - School leavers


You must apply for admission to a BSc before applying for the Science Scholars Programme. Please click the red Apply now button to do so.

Applications are considered against 4 selection criteria. While academic achievement is important we are equally interested in your personal statement and the content, depth and originality of your essay.

Essay

Write a 800 - 1000 word essay based on the following prompt:

  • Scientific explorations, big and small, can provoke strong emotional responses: describe a scientific hypothesis, study, or result that has really excited – or unsettled – you

Although this is a personal response essay, referencing is expected where appropriate.

Please ensure your full-name and your University of Auckland ID number is on the essay. You must submit the essay to TurnItIn.

Go to www.turnitin.com. For assistance on using TurnItIn, including creating an account, please see here.

The course ID you need to enrol in is 15965770 and the Enrolment key is SCISCHOL18SL

Personal Statement

A 300-character (including spaces) statement that concisely addresses why you are interested in the Science Scholars programme is required.

This should also be submitted through TurnItIn. Please see the details above. Please don't forget to include your full-name and University of Auckland ID number.

Reference

A reference from a science teacher is required. Please download the form here. This should be submitted to us directly by your teacher. They can either post to the address on the form, or scan and email it to scischol@auckland.ac.nz

Academic Achievement

As a guideline, successful applicants are likely to achieve scores within the ranges shown below. It should be noted that these scores are indicative and will form only one part of the overall assessment of an application.

  • NCEA rank score of 300, with excellence in a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Digital Technologies and Programming, Earth and Space Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics or Statistics.
  • CIE rank score of 360, with at least 2 of Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Physics or Statistics as full A-levels.
  • IB rank score of 39, with a minimum of 12 points in Group 4 and 5 subjects at HL.

In exceptional circumstances other candidates may be considered.

We will be able to access your grades at the end of the year, provided you have submitted your BSc application.

Closing dates

The closing date for entry into the 2018 intake for the Science Scholars programme is Friday 8th December 2017.

If you wish to secure guaranteed accommodation in O'Rorke Hall, we must receive your application by Sunday 3rd September 2017. You must make sure you apply for accommodation in O'Rorke Hall directly with the Accommodation office as well.

 

Your application is not complete until we receive your personal statement, essay and a reference.