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.
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.
Specific entry 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 the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The PGDipSc is made up of four full-year courses or eight single-semester courses selected from a range of options. See the Postgraduate Diploma in Science schedule 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.
See the Postgraduate Diploma in Science schedule for course options and requirements for each subject.
Subject areas for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science are:
- Biological Sciences
- Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Child and Family Psychology
- Computer Science
- Data Science
- Environmental Science
- Evolutionary Biology*
- Medical Physics
- Plant Biology*
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
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