Postgraduate Diploma in Science

button for easy access to information about this qualificationThis coursework-based qualification include papers from the Master of Science. Graduates may progress to further study at master's level.

Quick facts

Programme code: AK1038
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science an applicant must have completed the following or equivalent:

(a) the Bachelor of Science or
(b) the Graduate Diploma in Science.

An applicant must have completed 1(a) or 1(b) above with a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7 in their selected area for this qualification.

Guidelines to entry


You will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in some of the following areas: Applied Mathematics, Analytics, Applied Probability, Astronomy and Mathematics Education. Other postgraduate papers are available subject to timetabling and minimum numbers.

SELECT 120 points from the following:
ASTR800 Advanced Topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics (15 points)
COMP800 Neuroinformatics (15 points)
COMP807 Algorithms, Graphs and Combinatorics (15 points)
COMP808 Logic, Games and Automata (15 points)
COMP809 Data Mining and Machine Learning (15 points)
COMP810 Data Warehousing and Big Data (15 points)
COMP811 Research Methods (15 points)
COMP813 Artificial Intelligence (15 points)
COMP815 Nature Inspired Computing (15 points)
COMP826 Mobile System Development (15 points)
COMP827 Advanced Computer Graphics (15 points)
COMP835 Server System Development (15 points)
COMP840 Specialist Topic A* (15 points)
COMP841 Specialist Topic B* (15 points)
MATH800 Advanced Topics in Applied Mathematics (15 points)
MATH803 Mathematical Modelling and Simulation (15 points)
MATH804 Financial Models and Decision Analysis (15 points)
MATH805 Advanced Numerical Analysis (15 points)
PHIL800 Philosophy of Computing Technology (15 points)
STAT800 Stochastic Modelling (15 points)
STAT801 Multivariate Analysis (15 points)
STAT802 Advanced Topics in Analytics (15 points)
STAT803 Official Statistics (15 points)
STAT804 Optimisation and Operation Research (15 points)
STAT805 Computational Mathematics and Statistics (15 points)

Or any other postgraduate papers (30 points) with the approval of the programme leader

*Enrolment subject to approval of the programme leader.

NB: Applicants transferring to the AUT Master of Science must meet a minimum B grade average prior to commencing the thesis paper MATH989.

Postgraduate Diploma in Sciences

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers (not all papers listed above will be open for enrolment in a given year).

Please contact the Programme Administrator for programme information and availability of papers.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.38pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.