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Postgraduate Certificate in Science

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Canterbury


UC offers a wide range of science subjects for students wanting to carry out postgraduate studies. The Postgraduate Certificate in Science (PGCertSc) is an ideal option for those wanting professional development in their scientific field, and for those with other commitments who cannot complete an extensive science programme.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Science includes 60 points of courses, with at least 45 points towards a single subject.

Subjects and courses

Students need to complete 60 points worth of courses at 400-level, including a minimum of 45 points in one of the following subjects: Antarctic Studies; Applied Psychology; Astronomy; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences; Biotechnology; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Child and Family Psychology; Computational and Applied Mathematical Sciences; Computer Science; Data Science; Ecology; Economics; Environmental Science; Finance; Finance and Mathematics; Finance and Statistics; Financial Engineering; Geography; Geology; Mathematical Physics; Mathematics; Mathematics and Philosophy; Medical Physics; Medical Physics (Clinical); Microbiology; Philosophy; Physics; Psychology; Speech and Language Sciences; Statistics.

Further study

UC offers a research-based Master of Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a number of science subjects.

Subject to the approval of the Academic Dean of Science, a student may transfer completed courses passed with a B Grade Point Average or higher for the Postgraduate Certificate in Science to:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours
  • a specialised science master’s degree (depending on your major).

Career Opportunities

A postgraduate qualification in a science subject will offer employers more advanced specialised knowledge and experience, leading to higher positions in industry. Graduates will also be well placed to go onto research in their chosen scientific field.

Entry criteria

Students will need to have a Bachelor of Science, or equivalent, or otherwise qualified for entry to the postgraduate study in your chosen subject as specified in the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science or the Regulations for the Bachelor of Science with Honours. You may be required to first complete a preparatory programme in this case.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application Deadline: If you need to apply for admission to the University, please submit your application at least 6 months before your intended start date.

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