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Graduate Diploma in Science

09 October 2023

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


Graduate Diploma in Science

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time


Graduate Diploma in Science

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




2025 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $41,500


Graduate Diploma in Science


This Diploma offers people who hold a bachelor's degree in a major in an unrelated area the opportunity to study science in-depth.

It is designed to provide a qualification for graduates seeking to qualify for entry to postgraduate qualifications in science, change career direction, or to extend or upgrade their existing qualifications.

Graduate Diploma in Science

Entry requirements

Entry to the Graduate Diploma requires a bachelor's degree, which does not need to be in the same area of study. If you gained your qualification overseas, this will need to be assessed to ensure it is of an equivalent standard.

Acceptance will depend on the standard and relevance of previous studies.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

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

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Graduate Diploma in Science

Further study

This qualification is an ideal pathway into postgraduate study, such as the Master of Science. UC offers over 16 postgraduate qualifications in science.

Graduate Diploma in Science

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:


2025 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $41,500

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,748 - $7,822
  • International — $39,900

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2025 — to be confirmed
  • 2024 — $1,100.40

Planning my study

Graduate Diploma in Science

How do I plan my diploma?

Graduate Diploma in Science students are required to pass at least 120 points from Science subjects. Of these, 90 points must be at 300-level, including 60 points in a single subject.

The Diploma is 1 year full-time or up to 5 years part-time study. You can begin studies in February, or for some subjects, in July – please contact the relevant department for clarification.

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


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