Postgraduate Diploma in Education


The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is designed to provide opportunities to improve professional practice and examine critically significant issues in education. 

The PGDipEd is also available with an endorsement in one of seven areas. This allows students to complete a postgraduate diploma specific to their field of interest.

UC's College of Education, Health and Human Development has a national and international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. UC is ranked in the world's top 100 universities for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must be approved as a candidate for the diploma by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, and have either:

  1. qualified for any appropriate degree in New Zealand with at least 0.45 EFTS at 300-level in Education; or
  2. qualified for any appropriate degree in New Zealand and either;
        - successfully completed a recognised teacher training course of not less than one year at a New Zealand college of education or university;
        - or acquired experience as a teacher, educator or counsellor in a recognised work place or community setting;
        - satisfied the conditions for admission to the diploma endorsed in leadership or Hōaka Pounamu; or
        - completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education; or
  3. been admitted Admission Ad Eundem Statum.

The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval. Students will normally be expected to have at least a B average in their 300-level courses.

Note: To be admitted to the diploma endorsed in Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching a candidate must meet a minimum Māori language proficiency level assessed by interview.

Note: To be admitted to the diploma endorsed in Leadership a candidate must have an appropriate degree, a minimum one-year teacher training course, and have normally completed five year's teaching service and hold a position with leadership responsibility.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

The course of study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education shall comprise courses equivalent to 120 points, excluding EDEM 690 and EDEM 691, from the Schedule to the Master of Education Regulations. Not all courses will be offered in any one year.

A candidate may, with the approval of the Dean of Education and Health Sciences and of the Head of the other Department/School concerned, replace up to 30 points with relevant courses at an equivalent level.

A candidate wishing to enrol in a thesis for the Master of Education following the award of this diploma should note that completing 30 points of approved research methodology courses will normally be required.


One year full-time, up to four year's part-time. Students can start in February or July.

Subjects and courses

This qualification can be awarded endorsed in:

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Students may proceed to the Master of Education. UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy and a Doctor of Education.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

Useful information:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

For study planning help contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:

College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3333
Email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

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