Postgraduate Diploma in Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Science

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:

  • An Honours degree – add a short (one year) research project
  • A Master of Science degree – add a longer research project


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Postgraduate Diploma in Science

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