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Prepare for Postgraduate Study At The University of Waikato

Why choose the Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation – Pre-Masters?

NZQCF Level 7 Pre-Masters Programme: A pre-masters programme designed for international students at NZQCF level 7, equivalent to a Graduate Diploma.

Direct Path to Postgraduate Degrees: Successful completion provides direct entry to a range of postgraduate degree programmes. 

Accessible for Qualified Students: Open to students with at least two years of tertiary study and a qualification equivalent to NZQCF level 6, broadening your educational and career opportunities.

Career Advancement: Enhance your career prospects and earning potential by obtaining a postgraduate degree. 

Academic and Language Support: Receive specialised  training from experienced instructors to meet the University's entry requirements.

Work Visa Eligibility: After completing your postgraduate degree, you can apply for a three-year post-study open work visa, further enriching your career options. 

Programme Information

Entry requirementsAcademic: The equivalent of at least 2 years' full time successful tertiary study and a qualification equivalent to NZQCF Level 6.
 English language: An overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent. Check entry requirements page for more information.
Duration8 months
Start datesJuly, November
AwardDiploma Level 7 (NZQCF) 

Course planner

  • English for Academic Purposes 1 
  • Personal and Professional Capabilities 
  • New Zealand Context and Society
  • Research Methods

  • English for Academic Purposes 2
  • Professional Communication
  • Professional Project


Upon successful completion of the Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation - Pre-Masters, you can progress to one of the following postgraduate degrees:

To gain admission to one of the five progression degrees in Business students need to complete the DipPP, which requires a pass in each of the seven papers (a result of 50%/C- or more is required to pass a paper).

* Master of Information Technology: Progression to the 240 point Master of Information Technology requires a minimum GPA of 4.5.

Master of Legal Studies: Progression to the Master of Legal Studies requires a B grade average or higher.

Master of Nursing Practice: Progression to the Master of Nursing Practice requires a B grade average or higher. Additional pre-requisites for admission apply.

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