What will I learn?

Extend your Bachelor's degree with advanced study in your field of science.

Gain a more in-depth understanding of your scientific subject area and boost your career opportunities with a PGDipSc.

The Diploma will take you one year of full-time study during which you'll further develop your skills in laboratory work, data analysis and scientific communication. The programme can also provide a pathway into Master's study.

You'll take courses worth a total of 120 points, and with most subjects you can choose whether to include a 30-point research project.

If you want to gain advanced scientific knowledge and have a B average in your subject area, then a PGDipSc is a good option for you. Victoria also offers a number of specialist postgraduate diplomas.

If you don't have the required background for possible into these programmes, you could do a Graduate Diploma in Science instead.

Further study

If you get a B+ average grade in the PGDipSc you may be able to go on to complete a Master of Science by thesis which will take you one more year of study.


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Which department am I in?

Wellington Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$39,771.00 (US$ 27,791) per year
NZ $39,771 for the full programme

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

Application deadline

1 December 2021, 1 May 2022

More details

Start date

28 February 2022, 11 July 2022


Victoria University of Wellington

Kelburn Campus,

Level 2, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade,



6012, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students 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. IELTS (Academic): Overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0| TOEFL (iBT): A score of 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing | Pearson Test of English (Academic): A score of 58 with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50 | C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)): A score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169 | C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)): A score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169 | Victoria University of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP): A minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4.

For international students

To be accepted into this programme you will need:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in relevant subject with a B range average.

To have met the prerequisites for the subject you wish to study.

To be accepted by the head of the school as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; TOEFL 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing; Pearson Test of English: score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50); EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5.

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


About Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington is in the top 1 percent of the world’s 18,000 universities for 20 subjects and in the top 2 percent of universities.

  • 5+ stars from QS Stars Rating of Excellence 2019
  • Among world’s 1% to be triple accredited for business
  • First in New Zealand for intensity of high-quality research
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