University of Waikato College

Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation – Pre-Masters (DipPP)

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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 or the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

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 requirementsAcademic: 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.
Duration8 months
Start datesJuly, November
Award Diploma Level 7 (NZQF) 

Course planner

  • 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:

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 six papers (a result of 50%/C- or more is required to pass a paper).

* Progression is to the 240 point Master of Information Technology and requires a minimum GPA of 4.5. Master of Legal Studies: Progression to the Master of Legal Studies requires a B grade average across each of the six papers. Master of Nursing Practice: Progression to the Master of Nursing Practice requires a B grade average across each of the six papers. Additional pre-requisites for admission apply.

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Entry requirements

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

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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