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Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology


Move into a new career

The Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology gives you the opportunity to retrain in an area of science that interests you.

  • Level

  • Graduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 120
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

If you wish to study at a postgraduate level but do not have the required prerequisites, the Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology can help you gain the credits and knowledge you need.

Moving to another area of science

This qualification is useful if you have a background in one area of science, and are looking to move into another.

A shorter time

This graduate diploma is also useful if you are looking for a flexible programme that allows you to undertake a shorter course of study at university level than that required by a three year bachelor’s degree. It will take one year full-time to complete (120 credits).

Study at a higher level

This qualification does require an existing competence in the subject you are to study. You will be required to complete a number of courses at 300-level (third year).

Enter with industry experience

If you have substantial industry experience at a senior level this may be considered towards your application. This is on a case-by-case basis.

Use your credits toward a degree

You may have courses passed under this programme credited to a bachelor’s degree, provided the courses comply with the regulations of the degree in question.

Not right for you?

If you do not have a background in science, only need a few courses or are looking for a qualification with more flexibility, we recommend you consider the Certificate in Science and Technology or the Graduate Certificate in Science. These are 60-credit qualifications that will give you the background you need to progress to a degree in science or technology-related areas.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


To enter the Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor’s degree, or equivalent; or
  • have been admitted to the qualification on the basis of equivalent relevant professional experience.

You may be expected to have the relevant background to meet prerequisite requirements for courses that you wish to include in your programme of study.

Courses taken for prerequisite purposes only may be taken in a Certificate in Science and Technology.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

Courses from the Schedule to the Graduate Diploma


Ensure that overall, you also have:

  • No more than 45 credits at 200 level
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level


Attend block courses, contact workshops, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this programme

112248 Food and Agribusiness Value Chains 15
112301 International Food and Agribusiness Strategies 15
112302 Food and Agribusiness Strategies 15
117254 Principles of Animal Science and Production 15
117371 Animal Production 15
117381 Solving Problems in Animal Production 15
119258 Agricultural Systems 15
119281 Decision Tools for Primary Industries 15
119381 Decision-Making in Primary Industry 15
119382 Opportunity Analysis in Primary Industry 15
120217 Plant, Cell and Environment 15
120218 The Flora of New Zealand 15
120219 Plants and People 15
120302 Plant Development 15
120303 Plant Evolution and Speciation 15
120304 Plant Biotechnology 15
121210 Environmental Issues 15
121212 Field Techniques for Environmental Science 15
121310 Environmental Solutions 15
121311 Global Environmental Issues 15
121312 Environmental Science Field Work II 15
121313 Applied River Management 15
122231 Genes and Gene Expression 15
122232 Protein Biochemistry 15
122233 Metabolic Biochemistry 15
122303 Mammalian Gene Regulation 15
122322 Protein Structure and Function 15
123201 Chemical Energetics 15
123202 Organic and Biological Chemistry 15
123203 Inorganic Chemistry and Modelling 15
123204 Chemical and Biochemical Analysis 15
123206 Environmental and Analytical Chemistry 15
123210 Organic Chemistry Perspectives 15
123271 Molecules to Materials 15
123310 Advanced Concepts in Organic Chemistry 15
123311 Advanced Physical and Analytical Chemistry 15
123312 Advanced Organic Chemistry 15
123313 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 15
123315 Chemistry and Nanoscience Research Project 15
123326 Advanced Chemical Biology 15
123331 Advanced Physical and Computational Chemistry 15
123332 Advanced Topics in Chemistry 30
124226 Quantum and Statistical Physics 15
124229 Special Relativity and Cosmology 15
124230 Biophysics 15
124233 Classical Mechanics and Waves 15
124316 Advanced Experimental Physics 15
124325 Advanced Quantum Physics 15
124327 Modern Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics 15
124332 Classical Fields 15
128300 Ergonomics/Human Factors: Work, Performance, Health and Design 15
141211 Food Technology 3: Product Development 15
141212 Food Technology 4: Manufacturing 15
141311 Food Technology 5: Food Microbiology and Safety 15
141312 Food Technology 6: Food Characterisation 15
141358 Nutrition and Food Choice 15
141362 Food Formulation Technology 15
141395 Food Chemistry 15
141723 Industrial Systems Improvement 15
145202 Working With Geographic Data 15
145213 Resource Conservation and Sustainability 15
145214 Social Change and Environment 15
145216 Urban Environments 15
145218 Development and Inequality 15
145222 Rivers and Slopes 15
145223 Climate Change and Natural Hazards 15
145224 Biogeography 15
145230 Coastal Environments 15
145301 Research Practice in Human Geography 15
145303 Field Work: Alpine Physical Geography 15
145304 Applied Field Geomorphology 15
145311 Geographies of Globalisation 15
145318 Geopolitics 15
145320 Quaternary Biogeography and Environmental Change 15
145327 Catchment Dynamics 15
151231 Food Chemistry for Nutrition 15
151232 Nutrition and Metabolism 15
151331 Maternal and Child Nutrition 15
151332 Nutrition for Sport and Performance 15
151333 Adult Nutrition and Positive Ageing 15
151334 Nutrition Communication and Promotion 15
151344 Principles of Nutrition 15
152261 International Business 15
152350 Strategic Management and Governance 15
156231 Strategic Marketing Management 15
156339 Omni-Channel Retail Marketing 15
160203 Multivariable Calculus 15
160204 Differential Equations I 15
160211 Linear Algebra 15
160212 Discrete Mathematics 15
160301 Real and Complex Analysis 15
160302 Modern Algebra 15
160314 Combinatorics 15
160318 Differential Equations II 15
160319 Mathematical Modelling 15
160320 Mathematics in Education 15
161200 Statistical Models 15
161250 Data Analysis for Biologists 15
162211 Biology and Genetics of Microorganisms 15
162212 The Microbial World 15
162214 Biology of Microorganisms 15
162283 Medical Microbiology 15
162301 Medical Microbiology 15
162303 Immunology 15
162304 Applied and Environmental Microbiology 15
175201 Social Psychology 15
175203 Introduction to Psychological Research 15
175205 Brain and Behaviour 15
175206 Memory and Cognition 15
175210 Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology 15
175301 Community Psychology 15
175302 Abnormal and Therapeutic Psychology 15
175303 The Practice of Psychological Research 15
175306 Assessment of Individual Differences 15
175309 Forensic Psychology 15
175311 Psychology of Women 15
175316 Evolution, Culture and Mind 15
175317 Health Psychology 15
175318 Experimental Psychology 15
175343 Personnel Psychology and Career Development 15
175345 Organisational Psychology 15
178358 International Trade in Agri-food Products 15
178360 Environmental Economics 15
188263 Introduction to Environmental Management 15
188363 Applied Environmental Management 15
189251 Soil Fertility and Fertilisers 15
189362 Soil Fertility and the Environment 15
189363 Soil Resources and Sustainable Land Use 15
194241 Physiological Control Systems 15
194242 Physiology of Mammalian Organ Systems 15
194243 Physiological Strategies for Survival 15
194245 Animal Form and Function 15
194342 Cell Physiology 15
194343 Animal Welfare Science 15
194344 Nerves and the Nervous System 15
194345 Comparative Physiology 15
194346 Metabolic Physiology 15
194348 Adaptive Human Physiology 15
194350 Human Lifecycle Physiology 15
196205 Ecology and Conservation 15
196207 Biological Evolution 15
196213 Microbial Ecology 15
196217 Evolutionary Biology 15
196225 Introductory Marine Biology 15
196313 Freshwater Ecology 15
196315 Conservation Science 15
196316 New Zealand Plant Ecology 15
196317 Community and Ecosystem Ecology 15
196318 Molecular Ecology 15
196326 Topics in Marine Ecology 15
196327 Marine Mammalogy 15
196350 Quantitative Marine Ecology 15
199204 Animal Behaviour 15
199206 The Fauna of New Zealand 15
199211 Invertebrate Zoology 15
199212 Vertebrate Zoology 15
199310 Entomology 15
199312 Behavioural Ecology 15
199317 Animal Biodiversity 15
199330 Ornithology 15
203202 Genetic Analysis 15
203203 Biomedicine 15
203212 Principles of Genetics 15
203300 DNA Technology 15
203305 Advanced Practical Genetics 15
203307 Mammalian Cell Biology 15
203328 Genome Analysis 15
203340 Applied Molecular Biology 15
203341 Genome Science 15
203342 Molecular and Cellular Biology 15
203343 Genetics of Human Health and Ancestry 15
228211 Engineering Practice 3: Product Development 15
228212 Engineering Practice 4: Materials & Manufacturing 15
228271 Engineering Mathematics 2 15
228311 Engineering Practice 5: Engineering Design with Constraints 30
228312 Engineering Practice 5: Process Engineering with Constraints 30
228371 Statistical Modelling for Engineers and Technologists 15
233202 Earth Science Field Work I 15
233205 Volcanology and Mineralogy 15
233250 Understanding New Zealand Geology 15
233251 GIS and Remote Sensing 15
233301 Advanced Remote Sensing 15
233302 Earth Science Field Work III 15
233310 Pedology and Quaternary Geology 15
233350 How the Earth Works 15
234222 Sport Biomechanics 15
234223 Exercise Physiology 15
234322 Sport Biomechanics II 15
234323 Exercise Physiology II 15
234327 Investigating Sports Performance 15
234361 Exercise Psychology 15
236201 Nanoscience 15
236301 Advanced Nanoscience 15
280201 Industrial Microbiology 15
280271 Heat and Mass – Conservation and Transfer 15
280272 Fluid Flow and Particle Technology 15
280304 Bioseparation and Purification Processes 15
280341 Environmental Technology 15
280371 Process Engineering Operations 15
280372 Reaction Technologies and Process Modelling 15
281272 Signals and Systems 15
281273 Communication Network Architectures 15
281281 Analogue Electronic Systems 15
281282 Digital Electronic Systems 15
281353 Control Engineering 15
281374 Communication Systems 15
281375 Data Communication Networks 15
281384 Embedded Systems Design 15
281385 Advanced Electronic Circuits 15
282260 Manufacturing Engineering and Computer Aided Design 15
282371 Mechanics and Materials 15
282372 Mechanism and Component Design 15
282373 Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics 15
283201 Pasture and Crop Agronomy 15
283301 Pasture Production and Practice 15
283305 Arable Production 15
284201 Horticultural Production Systems 15
284301 Horticultural Crop Development & Yield 15
284342 Horticultural Productivity and Quality 15
285201 Understanding Plant Protection 15
285301 Controlling Plant Pests and Diseases 15
287320 Product Design 15
287342 Agile Manufacturing 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

The Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology is awarded without endorsement.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.

A good fit if you:

  • are looking for a tertiary qualification in a shorter time frame
  • wish to enter postgraduate study but do not have the prerequisite qualification in the area you wish to choose.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships