Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology

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Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

Bachelor's degree (within last 5 years) in a science relevant to the qualification (excl. Ara BAppSc), or relevant lab work experience. If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.0 reading/writing, 7.0 listening/speaking).

Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Detailed requirements

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Duration

The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

Tuition Fees

Student fees

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Government tuition subsidy

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Total

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Student Success

Successful course completion -

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

National Graduates Outcomes

3 years after completion

Earnings -

(lower quartile, median, upper quartile)
The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. The upper and lower quartile values represent the one quarter point and three quarters point for earnings. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.

In employment -

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In further study -

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Content

Expand on your science knowledge and skills for a career as a laboratory technician with our industry endorsed qualification.

Our one year programme, which has been designed in collaboration with New Zealand employers, provides you with specific knowledge, practical skills and relevant analytical techniques for work as a laboratory technician. These skills include critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to interpret results.

You'll also gain an understanding of laboratory quality management practice and reporting skills suitable for international quality standards, and have the skills to work independently and within groups. Personal skills such as punctuality, team work and time management will be developed.

You'll have the opportunity to enrich and broaden your knowledge with electives in areas such as microbiology, analytical and environmental chemistry, food microbiology and molecular biology. The programme also includes a research project and work placement element to ensure you're work-ready when you graduate.

In order to make sure you complete a programme of study that best suits your needs, please consult with the programme leader when selecting your courses.

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • A Bachelor degree in science relevant to this qualification within the last five years (excluding an Ara BAppSc).

  • If you completed your degree more than 5 years ago you must have relevant laboratory work experience.

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer also to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart which includes credits in English-rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

7.0

READING

6.0

WRITING

6.0

LISTENING

7.0
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

PROGRAMME CODE: CH3700
LEVEL: 7
CREDITS: 120
COMMENCES: February, July
APPLICATION DUE:
Domestic: Received all year, preferably before 30 November for February start, 20 June for July start
International: 20 January for February start, 20 June for July start
ANNUAL FEES:
Domestic: $6,400 - $7,100
International: $21,270
LOCATION: Christchurch - Madras Street
ADDITIONAL COSTS: $500 approx for textbooks per year, travel to work placements

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application form

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

With hands-on laboratory and industry experience, you will position yourself ahead of your peers for employment which can lead to positions of responsibility within a range of fields including health, animal, food, manufacturing, research and environmental laboratories.

Study pathways

Certificate in Quality Systems Level 6; membership of NZOQ (New Zealand Organisation for Quality); in-service courses from IANZ (International Accreditation of New Zealand); Registered Medical Laboratory Technician (New Zealand Medical Laboratory Science Board).