This FAQ is about No Major Drama (NMD) in general.
See these four other, more specific FAQ sections for other questions and answers!
What is NMD (No Major Drama) for?
NMD is for users to learn about subjects it's possible to major (specialise) in for Bachelor (under-graduate) degrees from New Zealand universities and also to easily access the webpages for specific majors.
Which NZ universities are included in NMD?
All of them! NZ's eight universities are (alphabetical order): Auckland University of Technology, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington.
What does NMD do?
NMD enables users to create personalised rankings of 181 subject areas – eg. Accounting, Music, Zoology, etc – representing 740 specific majors from across all eight NZ universities. You can share your rankings with other people, such as high school counsellors and friends on Facebook.
What are 'majors', 'major subject areas' and 'minors'?
To learn about these things in detail, visit our terminology page.
How does NMD work?
Each user's personalised ranking of major subject areas is based on personal selection criteria related to his or her skills and interests and also on weights representing the criteria's relative importance. For a quick intro to NMD's easy steps, visit our intro page.
What is NMD's 'secret sauce'?
NMD applies a methodology from mathematical psychology known as conjoint analysis to create each user's personalised ranking of majors. For technical info about NMD, especially its patented and award-winning algorithm, visit our technology page.
What countries does NMD apply to?
The focus of www.nomajordrama.co.nz is New Zealand universities. However, most NZ majors are also available internationally and so NMD is applicable for other countries too. We have a beta version of a US/Canada product which is available at www.nomajordrama.com.
What type of degree does NMD apply to?
Bachelor (under-graduate) degrees.
What is a Bachelor degree?
An Bachelor degree usually takes three year to complete, but depending on the major and university, can take up to five years. For more info, visit our what is a bachelor degree page.
If I go to university, when do I have to choose my major?
Depending on the university and the major, you may have to choose your major when you enrol or some other time before you graduate such as during you first or second year of study.
What is a 'double major'?
If you want to it's usually possible to include two majors in your degree – known as a 'double major' (naturally, this requires more study than for a single major).
What about 'specialisations'?
Some universities offer 'specialisations' instead of majors. For specialisations requiring a similar number of papers in a subject area as majors we've treated them the same and included them in NMD. We have not included specialisations requiring fewer papers as they are more like 'minors' (next) and so do not belong in NMD.
What is a 'minor'?
A 'minor' is a less intense specialisation than a major, and so minors are not included in NMD. At most universities, however, all majors are usually available as minors, but not necessarily vice versa. To learn more about these distinctions, visit our terminology page.