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.
The GradDipSc may be awarded with Distinction.
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. Students must be approved by the Academic Dean of Science.
Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Students take courses from the Bachelor of Science Schedule B and are required to pass courses totalling a minimum of 120 points including 90 points at 300-level.
The Diploma is 1 year full-time or up to 5 years part-time study. Students can begin their studies in February, or for some subjects, in July – please contact the relevant department for clarification.
See the Bachelor of Science Schedule B for course options and requirements for each subject.
Students need 120 points towards the Diploma, with at least 90 points at 300-level. At least 60 points must also be from a single subject in the below list.
Contact the College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao for information about these subject areas:
- Biological Sciences
- Computer Science
- Data Science
- Medicinal Chemistry (this new option is subject to Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2019)
This qualification is an ideal pathway into postgraduate study. UC offers over 16 postgraduate qualifications in science.
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.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | 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.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|120||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection|| $6,091 - $7,061|
$6,213 - $7,202
|120||Data Science; Ethics; Linguistics; Philosophy (Band 1)|| $6,091|
|120||Economics; Finance (Band 2)|| $6,447|
|120||Computer Science; Geography; Psychology (Band 3)|| $6,803|
|120||Astronomy; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Geology; Physics (Band 4)|| $7,061|
|120||Mathematics; Statistics (Band 9)|| $6,119|
|2019||120||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$32,000|
|2020||120||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$34,000|
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate 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