Postgraduate certificates and diplomas can be a flexible way to study at a more advanced level once you've completed a Bachelor's degree. Postgraduate certificates usually take one semester of full-time study to complete, whereas postgraduate diplomas generally take a full year.
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas involve study at Level 8 and you’ll generally do some of the same courses as if you were doing an Honours degree, but you won’t need to complete a research project (thesis).
To enrol in a postgraduate certificate or diploma you’ll generally need to have completed a degree with the same major or in a closely related subject – check with your chosen tertiary institution.
Some universities offer specialist postgraduate certificates and diplomas in subjects such as Geographic Information Science and Forensic Science, which might not be offered as a specific major for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Entry requirements vary, but generally you’ll need to have a degree in the same or a closely related subject. For example, a degree in Environment Science could lead to a postgraduate diploma in Water Resource Management.
Options for further study:
If you do well in your advanced-level courses, you may be able to convert your postgraduate diploma into:
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Postgraduate Diploma in Science