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Postgraduate certificate or diploma

Postgraduate Diploma in Science

12 October 2023

UC's Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc) is ideal if you have some background in science and you're keen to do more advanced, in-depth study. Learn more about studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Science through our Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science.


Postgraduate Diploma in Science

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time


Postgraduate 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 — $43,800


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.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science

Entry requirements

You will need a Bachelor of Science, or any bachelor's degree with approved undergraduate science courses. The precise prerequisites vary for each major subject, but are normally at least a B- Grade Point Average in 300-level courses.

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 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.

Postgraduate 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 — $43,800

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,184
  • International — $42,200

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

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

Planning my study

Postgraduate Diploma in Science

How do I plan my diploma?

The PGDipSc is made up of four full-year courses or eight single-semester courses selected from a range of options.

Normally the Diploma must be completed in 1 year of full-time study, unless approval is granted for part-time enrolment (for up to 5 years).

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 Postgraduate Diploma in Science.


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