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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:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Design
  • Education
  • Environmental Planning
  • Health, Sport and Human Performance
  • Management
  • Māori and Pacific Development
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

See below for a full list of subjects that you can complete a certificate in, under the subjects drop down menu.

Diploma in Business or Management

This diploma is available to students who wish to gain an introductory qualification in business/management.

Students must pass a total of 120 points (8 papers) at 100-level or above, and include the compulsory paper STMGT101 Introduction to Management.

At least 75 points (5 papers) must be gained at 200-level or above in the fields of business/management.

The subjects that comprise the fields of business/management are set out in the University Calendar under 'Undergraduate Diploma and Certificate Fields'.

We recommend that students include some of the List A Business Fundamentals papers in their programme of study, but this is not compulsory:

- ACCTN101 Accounting for Management

- ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy

- FINAN101 Introduction to Finance

- MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management

- MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing

Elective papers

The remaining 45 points (3 papers) points of the diploma can be chosen from any other undergraduate diploma field that is offered at the University of Waikato - as long as you have completed any prerequisite papers.

Diploma in Maori and Pacific Development

To complete the requirements of the Diploma in Māori and Pacific Development, students must gain 120 points at 100 level or above, including 80 points at 200 level or above. At least 80 points must be gained in one field. Up to 40 points may be included from other undergraduate fields.

The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Diploma is one year.
4. Candidates must enrol in a Faculty and follow an approved programme of study.
5. Candidates must gain 120 points at 100 level or above, including 75 points at 200 level or
above, in the Diploma fields listed in section 8 of these regulations.
6. Candidates must gain at least 75 points in one field.
7. Candidates must meet the relevant field requirements, as set out in the appendix to these

Diploma in Science (Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences)

The Diploma in Science is for students who wish to gain an introductory qualification in a particular field of study, such as such as Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics.

Students need to gain 120 points at 100 level (first year papers) or above in one of these fields, including 80 points at 200 level (second year papers) or above to complete the Diploma. Each paper has a certain number of points attached to it. For example, most 100 level papers are 15 points and most 200 and 300 level papers are 20 points so 80 points at 200 level or above usually equals four papers. Students gain points when they pass a paper.

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Entry requirements

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

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