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Conjoint degrees in New Zealand

Opt for two degrees together, complete a lesser time

If you are interested in more than one field of study, then a conjoint degree could be a great fit for you. A conjoint degree is a combination of two undergraduate degrees you can pursue in a shorter period of time (simultaneously), which would otherwise take longer if pursued separately. 

What is the benefit of a conjoint degree?

Apart from the fact that you can study two degrees in place of one in the same amount of time, conjoint degrees have various other benefits, such as: 

  • You can opt for two correlated disciplinary areas that can complement each other. For instance, Bachelor of Health Science complements Bachelor of Nursing
  • Knowledge of two disciplines add to your employability value and you have an edge you’re your competitors with skills and knowledge of two domains 
  • Almost all the combinations are completed within/less than 5 years, which would otherwise take a little less than 8 years if both disciplines were pursued separately 

Many students end up confusing a conjoint degree with the dual/double degree. Here is how they are different from one another:

Conjoint Degree in New Zealand


Duration of conjoint courses 

Usually, the conjoint degrees are four years of full-time degree programs. To understand comprehensively, a bachelor program covers eight courses per year. However, a conjoint degree usually consists of nine courses per year. So, a three-year bachelor’s degree includes 24 courses i.e. 360 points. For instance, if you opt for BA/BSc conjoint, it consists of 36 courses i.e. 540 points. In short, you have to study 17 courses i.e. 255 points in each conjoint discipline that might also include one course from General Education and the other one as an elective course. But, the number of points required for completion of the conjoint degree will vary as per the particular conjoint combination.

What is the cost of a conjoint degree?

In conjoint degree, you’ll be charged as per the course. Although a conjoint degree can be more expensive than a bachelor’s degree, but it’s not twice the price, as you cannot double the number of courses.

Which are the most popular conjoint degrees?

The years 2018-19 witnessed a spike in the trend where students opted majorly for arts, humanities, health sciences and other allied courses. Engineering, advance sciences and other courses are fairly new additions. Some of the most popular combinations are: 

  • Bachelor of Teaching with a Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Teaching with a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance
  • Bachelor of Business with a Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Management Studies with a Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences with a Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Teaching with a Bachelor of Social Sciences 

Interesting facts about conjoint degrees

During your initial application to the university, you can also apply for a conjoint degree. However, for some combinations, the applications can also be made in subsequent years, if you decide to gain a second degree

The entry to these programs requires you to complete one year of study in one of the component degrees (i.e., in one of the discipline areas)

All programmes or majors cannot be conjoint. This only applies to programmes which include a strong practical element or a greater proportion of compulsory courses

You must complete a major on each of the sides of the conjoint. As per the conjoint combination and interest, you can double major on each of the sides

In a double degree, you can cross-credit some points from one to the other, if one is completed early. For instance, you can study a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Nursing as a double degree. This option isn’t available in a conjoint degree

If you are in tertiary education, then most of the combinations will be completed within four to five years, in contrast to six to eight years in case you opt to study each degree separately

All conjoint combinations are not available every year. The regulations governing the conjoint degrees can be learned from the university calendar and for further information, you can contact School or Faculty of study


You might get an opportunity to start a conjoint degree in the first or second year of your study program, and usually, all the programmes are completed within four to five years, depending upon the combination you choose. Don’t worry If you have already begun your studies, you still have the option to take a conjoint degree. To explore this further, we’re always there to guide you. 

Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2020/21 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates. 

Updated on October 15, 2020

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