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Postgraduate Diploma in Science - PGDipSc

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Victoria University of Wellington


Extend your Bachelor's degree with advanced study in your field of science.

Gain a more in-depth understanding of your scientific subject area and boost your career opportunities with a PGDipSc.

The Diploma will take you one year of full-time study during which you'll further develop your skills in laboratory work, data analysis and scientific communication. The programme can also provide a pathway into Master's study.

You'll take courses worth a total of 120 points, and with most subjects you can choose whether to include a 30-point research project.

If you want to gain advanced scientific knowledge and have a B average in your subject area, then a PGDipSc is a good option for you. Victoria also offers a number of specialist postgraduate diplomas.

If you don't have the required background for possible into these programmes, you could do a Graduate Diploma in Science instead.

Further study

If you get a B+ average grade in the PGDipSc you may be able to go on to complete a Master of Science by thesis which will take you one more year of study.

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in relevant subject with a B range average.

To have met the prerequisites for the subject you wish to study.

To be accepted by the head of the school as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

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