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Postgraduate Certificate in Arts

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


Like most general Arts qualifications, there is a wide range of subject choice available at UC, with more than 30 subjects on offer – from Anthropology to Te Reo Maori. The great thing about the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts is that this qualification can be:

  • completed in a relatively short period of time (6 months full-time study)
  • a combination of different courses; either in different subject areas, or a mix of courses in one subject area with an internship or digital humanities project added, to enhance employment skills and applied learning experiences
  • an ideal stepping stone to further postgraduate programmes on offer at UC.

PGCertArts students will be introduced to sophisticated subject matter and develop skills in the critical evaluation of academic literature in their discipline or area of specialisation. They will also foster high-level skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.

How do I plan my degree?

To qualify for the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts you will complete at least 60 points from taught courses.

Subjects and courses

The certificate requires 60 points at 400-level in one of the following subjects.

Note: a student may substitute PACE 495 Professional and Community Engagement Internship or DIGI 403 Digital Project for 30 points in the Postgraduate Certificate, subject to approval. Relevance of the internship or project to the course of study will be assessed.

Contact the College of Arts for information about these subject areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Art Theory
  • Chinese
  • Cinema Studies (as an English major)
  • Classics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • European Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Maori and Indigenous Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Communication
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Te Reo Maori

Further study

UC offers a Master of Arts, and a research-based Master of Arts (Thesis) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in your chosen subject.

With approval, you may transfer completed courses passed with a B Grade Point Average or higher for the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts to:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours
  • the coursework section of a master's degree (there are a number of taught master's operated by Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts).

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Entry criteria

A Bachelor of Arts or an equivalent degree with grades to a specified level in the subject concerned is required for the PGCertArts.

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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