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.
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. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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.
You will 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:
This qualification is an ideal pathway into postgraduate study, such as the Master of Science. 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
|2023||120||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$6,564 - $7,609|
|2022||120||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$6,388 - $7,405|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||120||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$36,500||$31,739|
|2023||120||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$38,000||$33,043|
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Science.
Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science
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