These qualifications enhance your degree or work experience with new specialist knowledge.
Graduate certificates and graduate diplomas provide the opportunity to complete a specialised qualification that requires a relatively short period of study and can provide a pathway to future study. A graduate diploma provides a programme that's the equivalent of two academic semesters in length, and for a graduate certificate one academic semester in length.
Who are Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas suitable for?
- Students who have a university degree but want to add a specialisation different from their major. For example, an accounting graduate might do a Graduate Diploma in Marketing, or an earth science graduate might study for a Graduate Diploma in Economics.
- Students who have an undergraduate degree and wish to use a graduate diploma or certificate as preparation for postgraduate study in a subject.
- Students with relevant experience in an area who want to take a supporting short, specialised qualification; eg a human resource manager might want to take a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource management, or a business person with marketing experience, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing.
- Students who are working through the equivalent of a degree programme in steps. A graduate diploma represents a 'third step' taken after a Diploma in Management. It is similar to taking a major in an undergraduate degree.