Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science - Ko te Pōkairua Tautara o te Pūtaiao Tātari

Participants in this programme are preparing for advanced careers in specialised areas of analytical science. The programme focuses on uncertainty in analyses, application of quality systems, consideration of possible changes to analytical procedures, and proficient, specialist practical work.  Participants currently in laboratory employment may be able to use their work as all or part of the required placement.

This programme is for both domestic and international participants.

Duration:
  • Full time - 40 weeks plus study breaks
  • Part time - up to three years (Part time option is not available for international participants who would be on a student visa.)
Intake start dates with remaining space:
  • 2019: 28 January 2019, 18 February 2019, 18 March 2019, 29 April 2019, 27 May 2019, 17 June 2019, 15 July 2019, 12 August 2019, 09 September 2019, 07 October 2019

Awarded upon successful completion: Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science

Post-study work visa: For information, please click here.

Time spent at a placement partner : At least 400 hours

Costs for Entire Programme:

International NZ$24220

Domestic NZ$12200 ($6220 for those in laboratory employment, if employer provides appropriate placement; contact us for details)

Scholarships are available.

Please click here for information about other costs.

Entry: Participants must demonstrate an understanding of and general suitability for the programme as determined by Real World Education's pre-entry process, and meet either Criterion I or II (below).  International applicants must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or better with no less than 6.0 in any band (or equivalent evidence of English proficiency).

  • Criterion I: Hold a relevant degree at least equivalent to a New Zealand BSc, and have at least one year of relevant experience.
  • Criterion II: Hold a relevant tertiary qualification (e.g., diploma, certificate) and have at least five years of relevant experience with at least one year of that experience significantly more advanced than would be typical of an employee in the first year of employment.

Areas of Specialisation: Each participant in this programme has an area of specialisation.  Although other areas of specialisation are possible (feel free to inquire if you have another area of interest), common options include:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science with a specialisation in Chemistry
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science with a specialisation in Instrumental Chemistry
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science with a specialisation in Microbiology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science with a specialisation in Serology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science with a specialisation in Laboratory Quality Management

Modules: The programme has three modules:

Preparation for practical experience (SCI701, 30 credits, level 7).  In this module you will explore uncertainty in analyses, analytical quality systems, and things that should be considered when considering a change to analytical procedures, all in the context of your area of specialisation.  This module will also be an opportunity to assure that selected relevant practical skills are well honed.

Practical experience and analysis (SCI801, 60 credits, level 8).  In this module you will receive training and hands-on practice within your area of specialisation in the context of authentic scientific workplaces.  Through project work you will analyse uncertainty related to practical work you are doing, consider a change to a procedure you are using, and analyse quality related to practical work you are doing. (Prerequisite: SCI701)

Project (SCI802, 30 credits, level 8). In this module you will do a substantial project related to your area of specialisation.  The project may or may not be directly related to your practical experience in SCI801. (Pre- or co-requisite: SCI801)