Postgraduate Certificate in Arts


Like most general Arts qualifications, there is a wide range of subject choice available at UC, with more than 30 subjects on offer – from Anthropology to Te Reo Māori. The great thing about the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts is that this qualification can be:

  • completed in a relatively short period of time (6 months full-time study or 12 months part-time)
  • studied part-time, which is ideal for those wishing to undertake professional development or to expand their disciplinary knowledge in a relevant field whilst working or juggling other commitments
  • a combination of different courses, either in different subject areas or a mix of courses from one programme with an internship or digital humanities project added in to enhance employment skills and applied learning experiences
  • an ideal stepping stone to further postgraduate programmes on offer at UC.

PGCertArts students will be introduced to sophisticated subject matter and develop skills in the critical evaluation of academic literature in their discipline or area of specialisation. They will also foster high-level skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

A Bachelor of Arts or an equivalent degree with grades to a specified level in the subject concerned is required for the PGCertArts. For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

To qualify for the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts, a student must complete at least 60 points from taught courses, as approved by the Head of Department and the Dean of Arts.

This certificate takes six months full-time or 12 months part-time to complete. Courses can be started in February or July.

Subjects and courses

The Postgraduate Certificate in Arts is offered in:

Note: a student may substitute PACE 495 Professional and Community Engagement Internship or DIGI 403 Digital Project for 30 points in the Postgraduate Certificate, subject to approval. Relevance of the internship or project to the course of study will be assessed.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Subject to the approval of the Dean of Arts (Academic), a student may transfer courses passed with a B grade or higher for the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts to:

Note: this is provided the courses fall within the time limits for the higher award.

UC also offers a research-based Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy.

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 resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts.

For study planning help contact the College of Arts:

College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3377
Email artsdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz