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Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Previously named Graduate Diploma in Science.
  • 1 year of full-time study or equivalent, can be taken part-time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Move into a new career

The Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology gives you the opportunity to retrain in an area of science that interests you.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

If you wish to study at a postgraduate level but do not have the required prerequisites, the Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology can help you gain the credits and knowledge you need.

Moving to another area of science

This qualification is useful if you have a background in one area of science, and are looking to move into another.

A shorter time

This graduate diploma is also useful if you are looking for a flexible programme that allows you to undertake a shorter course of study at university level than that required by a three year bachelor’s degree. It will take one year full-time to complete (120 credits).

Study at a higher level

This qualification does require an existing competence in the subject you are to study. You will be required to complete a number of courses at 300-level (third year).

Enter with industry experience

If you have substantial industry experience at a senior level this may be considered towards your application. This is on a case-by-case basis.

Use your credits toward a degree

You may have courses passed under this programme credited to a bachelor’s degree, provided the courses comply with the regulations of the degree in question. 

Not right for you?

If you do not have a background in science, only need a few courses or are looking for a qualification with more flexibility, we recommend you consider the Certificate in Science and Technology or the Graduate Certificate in Science. These are 60-credit qualifications that will give you the background you need to progress to a degree in science or technology-related areas.

A good fit if you:

  • Are looking for a tertiary qualification in a shorter time frame, or
  • Wish to enter postgraduate study but do not have the prerequisite qualification in the area you wish to choose

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