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.
The GradDipSc may be awarded with Distinction.
Graduate 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.
Specific entry requirements
Candidates must have qualified for any bachelor's degree and be approved by the Academic Dean of Science. Acceptance will depend on the standard and relevance of previous studies.
How to apply
You can apply online at MyUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Students take courses from the Bachelor of Science schedule and are required to pass courses totalling a minimum of 120 points including 90 points at 300-level.
The diploma is one year full-time or two or more years part-time study. Students can begin their studies in February or for some subjects, in July – please contact the relevant department for clarification.
See the Bachelor of Science schedule for course options and requirements for each subject.
Contact the College of Science for information about these subject areas:
- Biological Sciences
- Computer Science
- Data Science
Students 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 above list.
This qualification is an ideal pathway into postgraduate study. 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.
- 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 Graduate Diploma in Science.
For study planning help contact the College of Science:
College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800