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Diploma in Science (Dip(Sc))

A one-year Diploma in Science gives you an introduction to university study, and a wide range of subjects to choose from.

From the natural environment, to our own health and wellbeing, to the technology we use in our everyday lives – science is everywhere. This one-year qualification gives you a solid grounding and can lead to future study, or give your science career a boost.

It is scientists who will solve tomorrow’s problems and the future is calling for the next generation of curious minds who can do just that.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:

University entrance through NCEA, or equivalent.

Years: 1
Points: 120
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)

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Entry requirements

Applications are open to anyone with University Entrance or its equivalent.

For more information, contact our Future Students Team:

When you apply to enrol, select Diploma (Undergraduate) as your qualification.

Scholarships and prizes

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You need to complete 120 points (usually eight papers). At least 75 of those points need to come from within the field of Science (see Subjects below). As well as that, at least 75 points need to be at 200 level or higher.

View full Regulations for the Diploma (Dip) qualification.


Your Dip(Sc) needs to include at least 75 points from within the field of Science. That field includes these subjects:


Faculty of Science & Engineering
Phone: +64 7 838 4625 or 0800 438 254

Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
Phone: +64 7 838 4322 or 0800 924 528