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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

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Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is a one-year programme which builds on an undergraduate science degree. The diploma encompasses both papers and a research topic, and can be taken full-time or part-time. It provides entry to the Master of Science (MSc) degree by thesis only.

A PGDipSci can be undertaken in any of the subjects available for the Bachelor of Science (BSc) except Land and Spatial Information Studies and Land Planning and Development. As well as the above, Biotechnology, Electronics, Environmental Science, and Marine Science are also available.

Students wanting to undertake a one-year diploma should have a sound background at Bachelor of Science level in whichever subject they choose to specialise.

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Subject areas

Endorsements marked with an asterisk are available through Distance Learning.

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Anatomy

Papers
  • ANAT 480  Research Project; and

  • Four of
    ANAT 451  Functional Human Anatomy,
    ANAT 452  Reproductive Biology,
    ANAT 453  Special Topics 1,
    ANAT 454  Neurobiology,
    ANAT 455  Research Topic,
    ANAT 456  Developmental Biology,
    ANAT 457  Special Topics 2,
    ANAT 458  Current Topics in Anatomical Science,
    or other 400-level Science papers as approved by the Head of Department.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Biochemistry

Papers

BIOC 480  Research Project

BIOC 461  Research Design and Analysis in Biochemistry

BIOC 462  Molecular Biology

BIOC 463  Contemporary Technologies in Biochemistry

BIOC 464  Applied Biochemistry

Note: With approval from the Head of Department, one 400-level BIOC paper may be replaced by a 400-level paper from another relevant subject.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Biotechnology

This programme is not available in 2013.

Papers
  • BITE 401 (this paper is no longer offered); and

  • BITE 480 (this paper is no longer offered); and

  • 48 points from
    BIOC 451  Contemporary Technologies in Biochemistry,
    BIOC 452  Metabolism and Regulation,
    BIOC 453  Molecular Biology,
    BTNY 461  Plant Physiology and Biotechnology,
    GENE 411  Current Topics in Genetics,
    GENE 412  Current Topics in Genetics,
    MICR 461  Molecular Microbiology,
    MICR 463  Trends in Microbiology, 
    approved 400-level papers in CHEM, COSC, ENVS, FOSC, MARI, MICR, PLBI or ZOOL papers, or other papers approved by the Programme Director.

Note: With the approval of the Head of Department or Programme Director concerned, a 48 point dissertation or project may be substituted for any project of fewer points prescribed in the tables above.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Botany

Papers
  • BTNY 480  Research Project

  • Four of
    BTNY 461  Plant Physiology and Biotechnology,
    BTNY 465  Plant and Environment,
    BTNY 467  New Zealand Plant Ecology and Evolution,
    BTNY 469  Principles of Nature Conservation,
    BTNY 470  Special Topics.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Chemistry

Papers
  • CHEM 480  Research Project; and

  • Four of
    CHEM 461  Topics in Advanced Chemistry,
    CHEM 462  Topics in Advanced Chemistry,
    CHEM 463  Topics in Advanced Chemistry,
    CHEM 464  Topics in Advanced Chemistry,
    HAZX 401  Management of Chemical Hazards,
    HAZX 404  Environmental Risk Assessment and Management.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Clothing and Textile Sciences

Papers
  • CLTE 480  Research Project; and

  • Four of
    CLTE 451  Physical Properties of Clothing and Textiles,
    CLTE 452  Social Aspects of Clothing and Textiles,
    CLTE 453  Research Methods,
    CLTE 454  Clothing, Materials and Workplace Injury,
    CLTE 455  Topic in Advanced Clothing and Textile Sciences,
    CLTE 460  Cooperative Education Programme.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Computer Science

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Ecology

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Economics

Papers
  • One of
    ECON 490  Econometric Methods and Dissertation,
    ECON 495  Econometric Methods and Thesis Preparation; and

  • Either three papers (if ECON 490 taken) or four papers (if ECON 495) taken from:
    ECON 401  Advanced Economic Theory
    ECON 402  Growth, Institutions and Development,
    ECON 403  Monetary Economics,
    ECON 404  International Economics,
    ECON 405  The Economics of Natural Resources and Public Choice,
    ECON 406  Labour and Population Economics,
    ECON 407  Special Topic in Advanced Economics.

    Prerequisites:
    ECON 371  Microeconomic Theory,
    ECON 375  Econometrics,
    ECON 376  Macroeconomic Theory.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Electronics

Papers
  • 100 points from
    ELEC 411  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    ELEC 412  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    ELEC 413  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    ELEC 414  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    ELEC 415  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    ELEC 416  Topics in Modern Electronics,
    ELEC 480   Project,
    ELEC 490  Research Project.
    (Only one of ELEC 480, ELEC 490 may be included);  and

  • 20 further 400-level points, as approved by the Programme Director.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Energy Studies

Papers
  • EMAN 490 Dissertation; and

  • three 400-level EMAN papers;  and

  • One further 400-level paper approved by the Programme Director.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Food Science

Papers
  • One of
    FOSC 490  Research Project,
    FOSC 495  Master's Thesis Preparation,
    FOSC 480  Research Project; and

  • and papers to make a total of 120 points from
    FOSC 451  Advanced Food Chemistry,
    FOSC 452  Selected Topics in Food Science/Technology,
    FOSC 453  Selected Topics in Sensory Science,
    FOSC 454  Advanced Food Processing,
    FOSC 455  Research Methodologies,
    FOSC 456  Consumer Research methods,
    FOSC 457  Fermentation Science and Technology,
    FOSC 458  Flavour Science,
    FOSC 460  Cooperative Education Programme.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Genetics

Papers
  • GENE 480   Research Project; and

  • GENE 411  Current Topics in Genetics; and

  • GENE 412  Current Topics in Genetics; and

  • Two of
    BIOC 462  Molecular Biology
    BIOC 463  Contemporary Technologies in Biochemistry,
    BTNY 467  New Zealand Plant Ecology and Evolution,
    MICR 461  Molecular Microbiology,
    PLBI 401   Special Topics,
    ZOOL 410 Evolutionary Genetics.

    With approval from the Programme Director, another 400-level paper may be substituted for one of the papers listed above.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Geography

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Geology

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Human Nutrition

Papers
  • HUNT 451  Nutritional Assessment

  • HUNT 452  Nutrition and Human Health

  • HUNT 453  Community and Public Health Nutrition

  • HUNT 454  Nutritional Biostatistics

  • and two papers from
    HUNT 455  Special Topics,
    NUTX 407  Advanced Sports Nutrition,
    and other approved 400-level papers

    or

  • HUNT 485  Research Project

  • HUNT 451  Nutritional Assessment

  • HUNT 452  Nutrition and Human Health

  • HUNT 453  Community and Public Health Nutrition

  • HUNT 454  Nutritional Biostatistics

  • and one paper from
    HUNT 455  Special Topics,
    NUTX 407  Advanced Sports Nutrition,
    and other approved 400-level papers

    or

  • HUNT 490  Dissertation,

  • HUNT 451  Nutritional Assessment

  • HUNT 452  Nutrition and Human Health

  • HUNT 453  Community and Public Health Nutrition

  • HUNT 454  Nutritional Biostatistics

  • Note: Any two of HASC 411, HASC 413, HASC 415 may be substituted for HUNT 454.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Information Science

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Marine Science

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Mathematics

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Microbiology

Papers
  • MICR 480  Research Project; and

  • MICR 461  Molecular Microbiology; and

  • MICR 462  Microbiology and Immunology Research; and

  • MICR 463  Trends in Microbiology; and

  • MICR 464  Medical Microbiology and Immunology.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Neuroscience

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Pharmacology

Papers
  • PHAL 480  Research Project; and

  • PHAL 421  General Pharmacology and Toxicology; and

  • Three of
    PHAL 423  Neuropharmacology,
    PHAL 426  Clinical Pharmacology,
    PHAL 427  Special Topic: Cancer Pharmacology,
    PHAL 428  Current Research Literature in Toxicology,
    PHAL 430  Advanced Topic in Pharmacology and Toxicology,
    PHAL 431  Special Project.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Physics

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Physiology

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Plant Biotechnology

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Psychology

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Software Engineering

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Statistics

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Surveying

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Telecommunications

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Zoology

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
    2. Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions
      1. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Science majoring in the subject or subjects of study proposed
      2. have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the diploma
      3. have a qualification acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and produce evidence satisfactory to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of ability to proceed to the diploma.

  2. Subjects of Study

    The diploma may be awarded in any one of the subjects listed above, or in an approved combination of the subjects listed above. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), the diploma may be awarded in a subject not listed in the schedule to a student who has withdrawn from a programme for a master’s degree.

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  3. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for the subject concerned.
    2. With the permission of the Heads of the Departments concerned, a candidate may substitute a paper of another subject for one of the required papers.
    3. Any required research report must be submitted no later than 1 November.

  4. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

  5. Duration of the Programme

    The programme may be taken 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. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  7. Diploma in a Second Subject

    A student who has obtained the diploma in one subject may become a candidate for the diploma in any other subject.

  8. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Note: The due date for applications for first enrolment in the programme is 10 December. Late applications will be considered.

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