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.
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. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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.
See the Postgraduate Diploma in Science Schedule for the course requirements for each subject.
Contact Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science for information about these subject areas:
This qualification is an ideal pathway into more advanced study. UC offers a number of scientific master's programmes as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
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.||$7,961 - $9,266|
|2022||120||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$7,748 - $9,018|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||120||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$40,000||$34,783|
|2023||120||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$41,000||$35,652|
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science.
Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Phone +64 3 369 4141