A diploma is a short-term study option that can help pave your way to future success.
A diploma is a good way to gain an introductory one-year qualification in a particular field of study, without having to complete a whole three-year bachelor's degree. It is equivalent to the second year of study of a bachelor's degree, and is slightly more comprehensive than a certificate.
A diploma can be taken in any of the following fields:
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Choose a subject
- Applied Computing
- Computer Science
- Design Media
- Earth Sciences
- Education and Society
- Electronic Business
- English as a Second Language
- Environmental Sciences
- Human Development
- Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
- International Languages and Cultures
- Materials and Processing
- Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
- Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
- Māori Media and Communication
- Political Science
- Population Studies
- Public Policy
- Screen and Media Studies
- Social Policy
- Theatre Studies
- Treaty of Waitangi Studies/Akoranga Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Writing Studies
You will be eligible to apply for a diploma if you have University Entrance or its equivalent, or if you have relevant experience or ability. For more information, contact our Future Students Team at [email protected].
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To complete a Diploma requires a total of 120 points (usually eight 15-point papers). This must include 75 points within a single field of study (e.g. Arts or Science). At least 75 points must be at 200 level or above.