Why Do A Graduate Diploma at Whitireia and Weltec?

A Graduate Diploma allows people who already have degrees to pursue a significant body of study at an advanced undergraduate level. The programme is typically designed as a bridging qualification to postgraduate study, and helps you broaden your knowledge and skills in a familiar subject or discipline or develop knowledge in a new subject. 

Change your career, change your life 

The level of study varies in different countries from being at the same level as the final year of a bachelor's degree to being at a level between a master's degree and a doctorate. You might have just finished your BA and now you want to get specialist skills to launch your career. Or you might be looking to change careers completely. Students who do a Graduate Diploma usually want to increase their practical skills and knowledge to broaden their work opportunities.  

Just like a Master’s degree, but cheaper. 

Postgraduate diplomas and certificates are less expensive when compared to a regular Master'sdegree. Master's degree programmes usually take 2 years (or sometimes more depending on the subject) to complete. Most graduate diplomas and certificates take less than 1 year. Why so fast? Bachelor's or Master's degrees focus on academic knowledge, but graduate diplomas and certificates aim to quickly develop your practical skills. The number of courses, credits, and the amount of student work is a lot lower for postgraduate certificates and diplomas, too. 

The perfect, most flexible education 

Enrolling in a graduate diploma or certificate allows you to have a flexible schedule and stick with your other commitments, like a part or full-time jobs, or raising your family. The main benefits of a graduate diploma are: 

  • It takes less time to complete (one year) and is less expensive compared to a Master’s degree. 

  • You can change your career (or start your career) as a professional in a certain field. 

  • You can increase your practical knowledge in a field you are interested in. 

  • You can improve your career prospects and increase your income. 

Differences between a Graduate Diploma and a Postgraduate Diploma 

Graduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Diplomas often get mistaken as being the same. While both require a minimum of 120 credits at level 7 or above, they’re quite different qualifications.  

Graduate Diploma 

A Graduate Diploma allows degree graduates to pursue a significant body of study at an advanced undergraduate level. The Diploma is designed to: 

  • broaden students’ knowledge and skills in a familiar subject or discipline 

  • help students develop knowledge in a new area 

  • allow students to go on to a postgraduate study. 

Postgraduate Diploma  

A Postgraduate Diploma is designed to: 

  • extend and deepen students’ knowledge and skills by building on their existing degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 

  • prepares students for independent research and scholarship in their chosen subject 

  • allow graduates to go on to study a Master’s Degree. 

Entry to a Graduate Diploma 

Entry is open to degree graduates. However, if you can show that you have the equivalent practical, professional or educational experience at the same level, you could be granted admission by the Head of School. You have nothing to lose by applying. 

Credit Requirements 

A Graduate Diploma requires a minimum of 120 credits, of which 72 credits must be at level 7 or above.