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Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)


Apply for the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) through the Dunedin campus in 2015

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The Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) can be used for many purposes, and in some cases, effectively provides an additional major. It requires you to do at least seven papers, of which at least four are at 300-level or above. The programme is designed for graduates and may be completed by full-time candidates in one year or by part-time candidates over more than one year.

A DipGrad is a great way to retrain or to update existing qualifications. Many students also find it a convenient way to continue learning and that it is a useful bridge to postgraduate study.

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Information for new applicants

The DipGrad is intended for students who have earned a degree. In some cases a student who has not earned a degree may also be eligible.

There are two types of DipGrad: Flexible and Endorsed. The Flexible DipGrad allows you to build on any extra papers you may have taken during your degree. The Endorsed DipGrad allows you to concentrate your papers in one specific subject area as if you were acquiring an extra major.

If you're thinking of doing a DipGrad, your very first step should be to contact the Director, telling him what you want to achieve with the help of the DipGrad. He will work out a programme of study for your DipGrad that achieves your goals, with the help of the department concerned.

You will also need to complete the online application process to apply for the DipGrad programme and select your papers. This is the usual enrolment process that starts with an online application and ends with a Form for Course Approval. This form needs be signed by the DipGrad Director.

While the DipGrad requires you to do at least seven papers, of which at least four are at 300-level, not all papers at the University are worth 18 points, so the regulations regarding the DipGrad are given directly in terms of points.

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Contact details

The Director of the DipGrad Programme is Dr Willem Labuschagne of the Department of Computer Science.

Room G30, Owheo Building, 133 Union Street East.


Postal address
If you are off-campus and need to post a document to the Director, use the following address:

The DipGrad Director
Willem Labuschagne
Department of Computer Science
University of Otago
PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

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Programme Requirements

Endorsement Requirements for the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)

Endorsed Option Papers Required
Any subject specified as a major subject for BA, BAppSc, BTheol, BSc, BCom (excluding Tourism).

Papers worth at least 54 points from those prescribed at 300-level for the major subject requirements for the subject concerned and/or from those available at a higher level in the subject concerned.

  • MART 330  Special Topic: Creative Marketing Communication
  • MART 402  Topics in Advanced Marketing 2, comprising the two 10-point modules MM15 Advertising Creativity and Concept Development and MM16 Advertising Planning and Engagement
  • At least 18 MART points at 300-level or above
  • 72 further points, including at least 18 at 300-level or above

Note: Admission to this programme is subject to approval from the Head of the Department of Marketing.

Buddhist Studies
  • CLDN 910 Research Evaulation and Design
  • CLDN 920  Clinical Practice - Research Evidence

(for students withdrawing from a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry programme).

Human Resource Management
  • MANT 250*  Managing People
  • MANT 251*  Managing Organisations
  • MANT 339**  Human Resource Development
  • MANT 345  Strategic Human Resource Management
  • MANT 346  Employment Relations
  • One of:
  • one additional paper (BSNS 107 Understanding Accounting, recommended)

*prerequisites waived

**Please note, MANT339 is not available in 2015. Students should normally replace it with one of MANT 330, MANT 343, MANT345, MANT 346, or MANT 347.

Sports Business
Studio Music Teaching
  • EDUC 252  How People Learn
  • MUSI 348  Studio Teaching Practicum
  • MUSI 375  Studio Teaching Pedagogy
  • MUSI 385  The Music Profession
  • At least 36 further MUSI points (including at least 18 points at 300-level or above)

Note: Endorsement may require enrolment in papers totalling more than 120 points, depending on the extent of prior study in relevant subjects and whether the student wishes to be eligible for postgraduate study in the subject of endorsement.

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Regulations for the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)

  1. Nature of the Diploma

    The Diploma for Graduates is a justifiable and academically feasible programme of study, designed for graduates and others with equivalent qualifications or experience, who require additional training with or without the objective of undertaking postgraduate study in that discipline; or training in another discipline without the necessity to undertake another full degree programme; or who wish to extend their knowledge of an area of study or bring it up to date; or who wish to gain the equivalent of an additional major subject; or who wish to satisfy the requirements of an external professional body.

  2. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Senate.
    2. Every applicant shall
      1. have been admitted to a degree or a diploma of a university in New Zealand; and
      2. have attained a satisfactory standard of performance in that degree or diploma; or
      3. have submitted evidence satisfactory to the Senate of previous training and experience appropriate to the planned programme of study.

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  3. Subjects of Study

    The diploma may be taken in any subject or combination of subjects which constitutes a justifiable and academically feasible programme, taking into account the prior qualifications and experience of the candidate concerned. The papers to be included shall be decided in consultation with the Programme Director and the Heads of the Departments concerned.

  4. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study for the diploma shall
      1. consist of papers worth at least 120 points;
      2. include at least 72 points for papers at or above 300-level;
      3. include such other work as may be prescribed in particular cases.
    2. The Diploma may be endorsed in any of the subjects defined in the Schedule of Endorsements if the programme includes the requirements specified in the Schedule.
    3. Students who have been granted credit for study elsewhere that has not been counted towards any other qualification may include up to 60 points for such credit in a programme. The credit may be at 100- or 200-level only, except in the case of students participating in the Student Exchange Programme, who may be credited with papers at 300-level or above.

  5. Duration of the Programme

    The programme may be completed by full-time candidates in one year, or by part-time candidates over more than one year. Any paper in which a candidate is enrolled in any year shall be examined in that year.

  6. Variations

    The Senate may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Note: All enquiries should be sent to the Programme Director, Dr W.A. Labuschagne, Department of Computer Science, University of Otago.

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