Diploma in Advancing University Studies

Study Programme Details
Country: New Zealand
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session, Spring Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type



12 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

The Diploma in Advancing University Studies (DipAdvUniStud) serves as a springboard into UC’s master’s degree programs, offering students a robust pre-master’s university qualification. This program transcends conventional boundaries, allowing students to delve into advanced courses across a diverse spectrum of subjects within Arts, Commerce, and Science. By nurturing critical skills and fostering academic rigor, DipAdvUniStud empowers students to seamlessly transition into postgraduate studies at UC.


Tailored for individuals seeking to elevate their career prospects through academic pursuit, the DipAdvUniStud program is also an ideal choice for international students aspiring to pursue higher education in Aotearoa New Zealand. This comprehensive curriculum not only equips students with advanced knowledge in their chosen fields but also integrates courses unique to Aotearoa, fostering bicultural awareness essential for thriving in the local industry or navigating global cultural landscapes.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.
  • CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • IELTS Academic: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listeningNZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3
  • NZCEL: Level 4 – Academic endorsement.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening
  • Compulsory course: WRIT101 Writing for Academic Success
  • Elective courses (choose one):
    • ARTS102 Problems, Questions, Evidence
    • BSNS201 Business and Culture
    • MAOR165 Tuakiri: Culture and Identity
    • SCIE101 Science, Society and Me
  • Subjects: Choose remaining 90 points from 300-level courses across various subject areas, with at least 60 points completed in one subject area.
  • Domestic — $6,748 – $7,822
  • International — $31,600 – $39,900

Future Career Outcomes

The Diploma in Advancing University Studies paves the way for graduates to embark on diverse career paths with confidence and competence. Alumni of this program have successfully navigated into roles such as Research Analysts, Marketing Specialists, Financial Consultants, Policy Advisors, and Data Scientists. The program’s emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and practical skills development ensures graduates are well-equipped to meet the evolving demands of various industries.

Visa Requirements:

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