Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry


The Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry caters for graduates who:

  • have a forestry degree or associated qualification and wish to update and retrain
  • have another degree and are looking for some exposure to forestry
  • are from countries where the forestry degree is less quantitative than in New Zealand.

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 have completed one of the following:

  • the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in either forestry or a related area of study, or
  • a bachelor's or higher degree in other areas and relevant experience in a forestry-related area

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

Qualification structure and duration

The PGDipFor programme is made up of eight courses (a minimum of 120 points). These courses can be chosen from the Master of Forestry Science schedule, and normally includes a forestry management or a silviculture course.

Students can begin their studies in February or July. The diploma takes one year of full-time study or two years part-time.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

The postgraduate diploma can be used as a platform for entry to the Master of Forestry Science with suitable grades. UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry.

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.

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More information

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

For study planning help contact the School of Forestry or the College of Engineering: 

College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3500
Email forestry@canterbury.ac.nz