UniversityUniversity of Auckland
This course is available
Level of Study
Graduate Certificate or Diploma
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
The Graduate Diploma in Science will extend the knowledge and expertise gained from your Bachelor of Science degree.
The GradDipSci provides you with an opportunity to choose a second major, extend the field of study you chose for your Bachelor of Science degree, or continue to learn from another discipline at undergraduate level within the Faculty of Science. The GradDipSci also provides a pathway to enter into further study at postgraduate level.
To complete this programme you need to pass courses totalling 120 points. Courses are typically worth 15 points.
At least 75 points (five courses) must be at Stage III or above, from the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Honours) schedules.
At least 60 points must be from a subject major listed in the Bachelor of Science schedule, and this must include the Stage III courses required for the major.
A project or dissertation of up to 30 points may be included if approved prior to enrolment.
The study of Earth Sciences combines geology and physical geography to develop and explore our natural resources and manage natural hazard risk to become better stewards of our environment.
Earth Sciences is a fascinating and relevant subject about the world around us. In our times, there are so many pressures on the planet. This means that scientific study of the Earth is crucial, with geologists playing a vital role in finding and developing resources, as well as working to protect the environment.
Earth Sciences focuses on the physical forces that act on Earth, the chemistry of its materials, and the biology of its past. Our courses cover a diverse range of subjects such as volcanology, geothermal energy, paleo-climates, economic geology, natural hazards, applied geophysics and various rock and mineral forming processes.
You will learn skills related to critical and spatial thinking, field observations, laboratory work and quantitative techniques.
Where could this programme take you?
Because science plays a vital role in addressing the key issues that confront us and future generations, studying the Sciences opens up a wide range of career opportunities. If you have been away from study for a while, the GradDipSci provides an opportunity to learn about new developments in your field of expertise.
Further study options
Postgraduate Diploma in Science
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) and passed first-year courses in your intended specialisation.
A GPA/GPE of at least 3.0 is strongly recommended
You can still gain entry if you have gained the equivalent level of competence through work experience or a professional qualification.
IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; Internet based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.