Diplomas, certificates and honours

Graduate diplomas  

This will broaden your knowledge in a particular subject area following the completion of your undergraduate degree. These courses may be at undergraduate level so you can extend your learning in an area other than your original major or specialisation of your undergraduate studies, or your programme may include courses at 600 and/or 700 level.


Graduates or other suitably qualified applicants can study in an area that may not be related to their undergraduate degree. The course level depends on the diploma qualification. The programme is normally 1 year of full-time practical training and formal education (or equivalent) with a total value of not less than 120 points.

Bachelors (Honours) postgraduate degrees

These degrees are designed to attract the best undergraduate students starting graduate-level studies. They offer a range of learning environments including advanced teaching, research and practical work, and future contexts.

They generally require completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree with an average grade of ‘B’ (GPA of 5.0) or higher in the Stage III prerequisite courses from a recognised institution. Some faculties and programmes require a higher GPA for admission.

Admission depends primarily on your previous academic qualifications. In almost all cases, an undergraduate degree with good academic grades in the relevant subject is required for admission. Some programmes may also take into account your previous work experience.

In some disciplines, a Bachelors (Honours) programme or a postgraduate diploma is required as the first year of enrolment for a 2-year programme leading to a masters degree. Alternatively, students who perform well with a dissertation in their programme may be able to fast-track through to a doctoral degree programme.

Postgraduate diplomas

This builds on the knowledge gained in your major subject at undergraduate level. It usually requires completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree with passes in any specified prerequisite courses in your selected subject. It is normally completed by coursework only, but may include practical training and formal study, and a research project. In some disciplines, a postgraduate diploma (or a bachelors (honours) degree) is required as the first year of enrolment for a two-year programme leading to a masters degree.

Postgraduate certificates

This is open to holders of bachelors degrees, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, or those who can demonstrate extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind.  

It offers flexible learning including research, customisation and the opportunity to learn specialist skills. A postgraduate certificate is a programme of study of 60 points usually one semester of full-time study (or equivalent).

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