Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
This postgraduate diploma is ideal for graduates wishing to undertake advanced study in a humanities or social science specialisation. Like its sister programme, the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts, the PGDipArts is very flexible; students can choose between a number of course combinations, and it offers a convenient taught pathway to other postgraduate study opportunities.
A graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts will have an advanced level of knowledge in one discipline or area of specialisation cultivated over a full year of study or equivalent. During this time they will have developed such skills as:
- the ability to analyse and evaluate academic literature in that area
- the ability to synthesize information and communicate their findings in both oral and written form
- self-directed learning and intellectual independence.
Postgraduate certificates, diplomas and honours programmes 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.
Qualification specific requirements
Candidates must have qualified for a Bachelor of Arts or an equivalent degree and satisfied the prerequisites for the subject concerned. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in that subject are required.
Qualification structure and duration
A student must complete at least 120 points from taught courses, as approved by the Head of Department and the Dean of Arts.
Courses can be started in February or July. The Diploma takes one year full-time or up to four years part-time to complete.
Subjects and courses
The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts is offered in:
- Art History
- Cinema Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Digital Humanities
- European Union Studies
- Human Services
- Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Media and Communication
- Political Science and International Relations
- Social Work
- Te Reo Māori
Note: a student may substitute 60 points (including PACE 495 Professional and Community Engagement Internship or DIGI 403 Digital Project) at an equivalent level from another subject area or subject areas. Relevance of the substituted course to the programme of study will be assessed.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts graduates are well positioned to continue their studies. Subject to the approval of the Dean of Arts (and provided the courses fall within the time limits for the higher award), a student may transfer PGDipArts courses passed with a B grade or higher to:
- the Bachelor of Arts with Honours
- the coursework section of a master's degree (there are a number of taught master's operated by the College of Arts).
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.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the 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.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.
For study planning help contact:
College of Arts
University of Canterbury
Karl Popper Building, Level 4
Private Bag 4800