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Postgraduate certificate or diploma

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

11 October 2023

UC's Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) is ideal for graduates keen to specialise in  humanities or social science. Find out about studying a PGDipArts through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

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




2025 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $32,400


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts


This Postgraduate Diploma is ideal for graduates wishing to undertake advanced study in a humanities or social science specialisation.

A graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts will have an advanced level of knowledge in one discipline or area of specialisation cultivated over a full year of study or equivalent. During this time they will have developed such skills as:

  • the ability to analyse and evaluate academic literature in that area
  • the ability to synthesise information and communicate their findings in both oral and written form
  • self-directed learning and intellectual independence.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

Entry requirements

Applicants must have qualified for a Bachelor of Arts, or an equivalent degree, and satisfied the prerequisites for the subject concerned. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in that subject are required.

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 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts 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.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

Subjects and courses

The Diploma requires 120 points at 400-level in one of the following subjects.


Note: you may substitute PACE495 Professional and Community Engagement Internship or DIGI403 Digital Project for 30 points in the Postgraduate Certificate, subject to approval. Relevance of the internship or project to the course of study will be assessed.

Contact Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts for information about these subject areas:

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

Further study

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts graduates are well positioned to continue their studies. UC offers a Master of Arts, and a research-based Master of Arts (Thesis) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in your chosen subject.

With approval, you may transfer completed courses passed with a B grade or higher for the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts to:


Note: this is provided the courses fall within the time limits for the higher award.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

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 — $32,400

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,184
  • International — $30,900

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

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

Planning my study

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

How do I plan my diploma?

You must complete at least 120 points from taught courses in one subject area.

The Diploma will take 1 year full-time study, or can also be studied part-time within 2 years.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.


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