Postgraduate Diploma

Entrance level

A Postgraduate Diploma should refer to those courses for which a Bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline as an entrance requirement. Special entry requires qualifications and experience equivalent to a degree in the same disciplinary area. A nested Postgraduate Certificate may be an alternative entry pathway to the Postgraduate Diploma.


The equivalent of one year of full time study (120 credit points)

Learning outcomes (AQF)

Postgraduate Diplomas are generally designed for the broadening and deepening of skills and knowledge already gained in an undergraduate program.

They are normally full coursework programs and may be structured to be equivalent to Part 1 of a Coursework Master program in the same discipline

Exit standard

A Postgraduate Diploma normally consists of material offered at least at fourth or honours year level which pursues the undergraduate discipline at a deeper or broader level, developing cumulative, sequential and specialist discipline knowledge. The coursework should be distinctively postgraduate in its depth and breadth of coverage of topics. Students exiting before completion of all course requirements may be awarded the associated Postgraduate Certificate.


Successful candidates are normally awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in (specialisation) or a Postgraduate Diploma in (discipline). The abbreviated title is PGDip…