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The New Zealand Government has put in place strong national quality assurance systems designed to help institutions maintain the quality and consistency of training and assessment programmes. All courses, programmes and qualifications offered at state institutions must be approved by a quality assurance body. All national certificates, diplomas and degrees offered by New Zealand institutions are quality assured to protect your investment in education. It is illegal in New Zealand to use terms like 'university', \'degree', 'polytechnic', 'national qualification' unless approved by a government body. Courses at private training establishments can also be quality assured and those that are will state that they are registered and approved by NZQA

There are eight government-funded universities in New Zealand offering a broad range of subjects in the arts, business and science. A number of universities have become well-known in specialist subject areas such as Medicine, Engineering, Law, Veterinary Science and Agriculture and Environmental Studies.

University of Auckland
Auckland University of Technology
University of Waikato
Massey University
Victoria University of Wellington
University of Canterbury
Lincoln University
University of Otago

The academic year in New Zealand begins in late February or early March (end of summer) and finishes in November  (spring). Most of the universities in New Zealand operate on a semester system, although a few operate on a trimester or  quarter system.Postgraduate study in New Zealand generally leads to one of three degrees.

The academic year in New Zealand begins in late February or early March (end of summer) and finishes in November  (spring). Most of the universities in New Zealand operate on a semester system, although a few operate on a trimester or  quarter system.Postgraduate study in New Zealand generally leads to one of three degrees.

Postgraduate diploma: A postgraduate diploma usually requires one year of full-time study after the bachelor's degree and builds on the subject matter in the academic field of the bachelor's degree. Some graduates may be required to study towards a Graduate Diploma as a first step to confirm their academic level before proceeding to post-graduate studies.

Master's degree: A master's degree usually requires two years of full-time study after a bachelor's degree (one year of study if the bachelor's degree included an honours year). The master's degree normally builds upon the knowledge gained in the bachelor's degree. Master's degrees traditionally consist of a thesis based on the results of original research, but increasingly, master's degrees by coursework, or a mix of coursework and research, are becoming available.

Doctoral degree: Admission to PhD study requires a first class or good second class honours bachelor's degree, a master's degree, or comparable qualifications. The doctoral (PhD) degree normally takes three years of full-time study and research.