Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation – Pre-Masters (DipPP)

The Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation - Pre-Masters (DipPP) will prepare you for postgraduate study at the University of Waikato’s Triple Crown accredited business school.

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

  • A pre-masters programme for international students at New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) level 7 - the same level as a Graduate Diploma. 
  • Direct entry to a number of postgraduate degrees once successfully completed.
  • Accessible to students who have completed at least two years of tertiary study and have achieved a qualification that is at least equivalent to NZQF level 6.
  • Expand your career opportunities and increase your earning potential.
  • Academic and English language training from specialist teachers help you meet the University's entry requirements.
  • Once you have successfully completed your postgraduate degree, you are eligible to apply for a three year post-study open work visa.

Programme Information

Entry requirements Academic: The equivalent of at least 2 years' full time successful tertiary study and a qualification equivalent to NZQF 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.
Duration 8 months
Start dates November 2021
July 2022
November 2022
Points 120
Award  Diploma Level 7 (NZQF) 
Location Hamilton

Course planner

  • First trimester
  • Second trimester
  • English for Academic Purposes 1 
  • Personal and Professional Capabilities 
  • New Zealand Context and Society 
  • 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:

  • Master of Applied Finance
  • Master of Business and Management
  • Master of Digital Business
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of Professional Accounting

Top business school

Triple Crown accredited business school (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA)

University of Waikato College offers you:

  • Qualified, experienced, and caring teachers
  • A supportive and personalised learning environment
  • Opportunity to mix with domestic students to improve your English skills and make local friends

Trimester dates

November 2021

Trimester C, 2021:

  • Study period: 15 November 2021 – 11 February 2022
  • Mid-trimester break: 20 December 2021 – 5 January 2022

Trimester A, 2022:

  • Study period: 7 March 2022 – 10 June 2022
  • Mid-trimester break: 15 April 2022 – 29 April 2022
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Entry requirements

A guide to the academic and language requirements to study at University of Waikato College

Students working together


Find information about tuition and accommodation fees, health insurance and other costs

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Visa information

Find out more about the requirements you need to meet to apply for a student visa

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