Postgraduate Diploma in Science


The Postgraduate Diploma in Science offers those with some background in science the opportunity to undertake more advanced and in-depth study in a subject. Over 20 subjects are available, and some can only be studied at postgraduate level, which can allow for specialisation and career pathways for graduates.

The diploma is primarily coursework-based, but some courses allow for independent project work or research.

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

Bachelor of Science or other bachelor's degree and approved undergraduate science courses. The precise prerequisites vary for each subject, but are normally at least a B- average grade in 300-level courses.

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

Qualification structure and duration

The PGDipSc is made up of four full-year courses or eight single-semester courses selected from a range of options. See the Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science for available course listings for each subject.

Normally the diploma must be completed in one year of full-time study, unless approval is granted for part-time enrolment from the Academic Dean of Science. Students can begin their studies in February or for some subjects, in July – please contact the relevant department for clarification.

Subjects and courses

Subject areas for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science are:

* Not open to new enrolments in 2018.

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

This qualification is an ideal pathway into more advanced study. UC offers a number of scientific master's programmes as well as a Doctor of Philosophy.

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 resources:

More information

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

For study planning help contact the College of Science:

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

Phone +64 3 369 4141
Email collegeofscience@canterbury.ac.nz

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