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Undergraduate certificate or diploma

Diploma in Science

06 October 2023

Study a Diploma in Science through Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science at the University of Canterbury.


Diploma in Science

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time


Diploma in Science

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $7,822
  • International — $39,900


Diploma in Science


A Diploma in Science (DipSc) is a great option to learn a variety of scientific skills in a single year.

This Diploma allows you to study interesting science courses, upskill in new areas, and gain professional development in your career.

Diploma in Science

What will my study involve?


  • Study a wide range of Science subjects, from beginner's to advanced level.
  • This Diploma can be studied full-time in 1 year, or part-time for up to 6 years.
  • Can be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Science with the ability to transfer your completed courses to that degree.

Diploma in Science

Further study

The Diploma in Science can be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Science.

Diploma in Science

Career opportunities

  • Gain new knowledge or stay up-to-date by developing your scientific theory or practical skills, from the lab to the field.
  • Placements, projects, and internship opportunities that improve your work readiness.
  • Graduates may find work in many different fields, from programming to agriculture, or even research positions.

Find out more about what can you do with a degree from UC.

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,822
  • International — $39,900

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,609
  • International — $38,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my degree

Diploma in Science

Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.

This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Diploma in Science.

Diploma in Science

How do I plan my diploma?


The DipSc is made up of 120 points, including a compulsory course and subject options from the Bachelor of Science.

It can be completed within 1 year full-time, or up to 6 years part-time.

You can choose to transfer the credits you gain during the Diploma in Science to the Bachelor of Science (and some other degrees), as long as you have not already graduated with the Diploma.

For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Diploma in Science.


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