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Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in International Relations and Security Studies

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024

Campus

Hamilton Campus

Summary

Postgraduate diplomas provide the opportunity for continuing professional development in the same area as an original degree. A postgraduate diploma can often lead to a masters degree.

Why study a PGDip?

Postgraduate diplomas generally comprise of a one-year full-time or extended part-time programme of graduate papers.

They build on attainment in a prior degree and demonstrated practical, professional or scholarly experience.

Why study International Relations and Security Studies?

A wide range of different length dissertations and theses can be undertaken allowing you to focus on an area of special interest. Like most states, New Zealand depends for its security and prosperity on regional and international stability. Its political, economic and societal well-being can be affected by, for example, major power relations; global financial crisis; and the rise of violent extremist non-state actors and the responses to them. As a good international citizen, New Zealand seeks to play a role in the international institutions which try to uphold international law and order and to contribute to international stabilisation operations in various countries. Given the significance of such issues, International Relations and Security Studies is available as a minor in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Sciences.

Career Opportunities

Diplomat

Foreign Policy Analyst

International Defence Relations Officer

National Assessments Bureau

National and International NGOs

New Zealand Defence Force Officer

Security and Intelligence Officer

Entry criteria

PGDip candidates must have qualified for a bachelors degree of the University of Waikato or an equivalent qualification, and have completed study at an advanced level in the subject they wish to take.

Otherwise, candidates may demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Academic Board that they have adequate training, experience and ability, and have satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being taken for the Postgraduate Diploma.

English Language Requirements

  • an Academic IELTS Overall score of at least 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band), or
  • a TOEFL iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 90 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a TOEFL iBT Home Edition overall score of 90 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 56 with no band less than 46, or
  • a Language Cert International ESOL (LRWS) C1 Expert with an overall high pass and no less than a pass in each skill, or
  • a Language Cert International ESOL (LRWS) B2 Communicator with 38-50 score per skill, or
  • awarded a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5), or
  • a Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III with a pass in all four components, or
  • a B2 First (formally known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)) with an overall score of 176 and no bands below 169, or
  • a C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with an overall score of 176 and no bands below 169, or
  • a Michigan English Test (formally known as Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)) minimum score of 59.

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