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Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation - Pre Masters

Please note this programme is only available to International Students

The Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation – Pre Masters (DipPP) is an eight-month (two-trimester) level 7 Diploma that aims to prepare international students for postgraduate studies at the Waikato Management School, a Triple-Crown accredited business school in New Zealand, or the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

The DipPP provides international students, who either do not have the equivalent of a New Zealand bachelor's degree or do not meet the requirements for direct entry, with an alternative pathway into the following postgraduate qualifications offered by the University of Waikato:

Delivered by University of Waikato College, the programme teaches the English language, academic literacies, and personal and professional skills students need to succeed with postgraduate studies at a New Zealand university.

Once successfully completed, students will gain entry to one of the above Master degrees giving them the opportunity to study at Waikato Management School, a Triple-Crown accredited business school in New Zealand (ranked in the top 1% worldwide), or the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:
  • The equivalent of 2 years’ full time successful tertiary study
  • A qualification equivalent of Level 6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band) or approved equivalent
Months (full Time): 8
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: July & November 2022
Estimated Fees* (International): $24,000 per year
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Required papers

Trimester 1

  • FOUND101 English for Academic Purposes 1 (15 points)
  • FOUND202 Personal and Professional Capabilities (15 points)
  • FOUND301 New Zealand Context and Society (30 points)

Trimester 2

  • FOUND201 English for Academic Purposes 2 (15 points)
  • FOUND302 Professional Communication (15 points)
  • FOUND303 Professional Project (30 points)


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You can find out more about the University of Waikato College, as well as make an online enquiry if you have any questions about the pathway programmes.

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 838 4610
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