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Postgraduate Diploma in Meteorology

New Zealand



What will I learn?

Get professional training in Meteorology and explore the fundamental concepts of dynamic meteorology, radiation and thermodynamics.

Taught in conjunction with New Zealand's leading weather forecasting organisation—Met-Service—you'll learn about cloud physics, satellites, climatology and numerical weather prediction. Gain an expert understanding of mid-latitude weather systems, particularly weather systems in New Zealand and the Tasman Sea region.

You'll also do a practical project based on one of the research topics arising from the work of Met-Service. Gain new knowledge along with expertise in independent research, critical thinking and scientific rigour.

The 120-point Postgraduate Diploma in Meteorology takes two trimesters of full-time study or four trimesters part time.

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are in employment.

What you'll study

You'll learn through coursework and an independent project based on a real-world meteorological research objective.

PGDipMet students will complete seven courses and MMet students will do nine.

Both qualifications start with five core 400-level Geophysics (Meteorology) courses—covering mid-latitude weather systems, radiation and thermodynamics, cloud physics and weather prediction. You'll add another 400-level Geophysics course of your choice or an approved course of your choice that can be from another discipline, and complete the 500-level research project. If you're doing the Master's, you'll take an additional two 500-level courses.

The 30-point project gives you the opportunity to work on current meteorological issues, with data supplied by New Zealand's Met-Service. You'll be guided and supported by staff from both the Met-Service and Victoria.

Programme requirements

For this programme you'll need to:

Complete 120 points

Include six courses worth 90 points:

Five courses worth 75 points from GPHS 420-425

One further course worth 15 points from:

GPHS 420-431

A course approved by the head of school

Include Project (GPHS 589)

Which department am I in?

Wellington Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
NZ$40,450.00 (US$ 25,292) per year
NZ $40,450 for the full programme

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 July 2023, 26 February 2024


Victoria University of Wellington

Kelburn Campus,

Level 2, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade,



6012, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must need the equivalent of a Bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree from a recognised institution with at least a B- average. A background in a particular subject area may be required or recommended. Proof of English proficiency - To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following: IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing; Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50); EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5. C1 Advanced (Previously - Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) or C2 Proficiency (Previously – Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with a score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169.

For international students

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor's degree in Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics or another relevant subject

To be accepted by the head of the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 65 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 58)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application deadlines: Trimester 2 - 1 May.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Victoria University of Wellington

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington ranks in the top 1 percent of the world’s 18,000 universities for 18 subjects.

  • 5+ stars from QS Stars Rating of Excellence 2022
  • Among world’s 1 percent to be triple accredited for business
  • First in New Zealand for intensity of high-quality research
  • Based in New Zealand’s vibrant capital city

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