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Diploma for graduates

Overview


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.

The Department of Food Science offers a Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) programme to graduates interested in pursuing a career in Food Science or Consumer Food Science.

Information for applicants

Who is it for?

Graduates of an undergraduate degree wishing to pursue a career in Food Science or Consumer Food Science. Any graduate may undertake a DipGrad, irrespective of their previous major subject (specifically, you don’t have to have a BSc already).

Still studying? You can begin your DipGrad while you are still working towards a Bachelor’s degree. However the Diploma can only be awarded once you are ready to graduate, or have graduated, with your Bachelor’s degree.

How long does it take?

The Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) programme may be completed by full-time candidates in one to two years depending on prior study.

What does it entail?

A DipGrad involves a minimum of 120 points with at least 72 points at 300-level or above, and a minimum duration of one year.

Depending on a student’s background it may require more than 120 points and a duration of more than 2 semesters in order to ensure that the DipGrad is approximately equivalent to the relevant major.

Want to know more? Please feel free to contact us.

How do I apply?

If you're thinking of doing a DipGrad, your very first step should be to contact us. Get in touch with either the programme director or our departmental coordinator to start the conversation and work out a programme of study appropriate for you.

You will also need to complete the online application process to apply for the DipGrad programme.

  1. Choose Diploma for Graduates as your qualification/programme.
  2. Select Food Science or Consumer Food Science as your specialisation.
  3. Wait for your programme to be confirmed.
  4. When your programme has been confirmed the DipGrad Director will send you an offer via your student portal.
  5. Once you accept the offer papers will be added.

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Contact

If you are interested in pursuing a DipGrad in Food Science or Consumer Food Science please contact either our departmental coordinator John Birch, or the DipGrad programme director Willem Labuschagne.

Associate Professor John Birch

Departmental Coordinator, DipGrad
Department of Food Science
Tel 479 7566 Ext 7566
john.birch@otago.ac.nz

Dr Willem Labuschagne

Programme Director, DipGrad
Department of Computer Science
dipgrad@otago.ac.nz

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