Diploma in Applied Science

Develop knowledge in a specialised science discipline at undergraduate level or prepare yourself for further study to become a chiropractor.

The Diploma in Applied Science has two pathways:

  • Standard diploma
  • Pre-Chiropractic pathway

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Completion of Year 12
    • NCEA: 48 level 2 credits including eight level 2 credits in any one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science
    • CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff, including any one subject similar to the NCEA subjects listed above
  • Pre-Chiropractic: Letter of Intention from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 5.5 overall with all bands 5.0 or higher; or equivalent.

English language requirements

You can choose one of two common pathways:

  • Standard diploma
  • Pre-Chiropractic

Standard diploma

For this one-year qualification you need to complete eight courses from Year 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Science.

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Pre-Chiropractic pathway

This one-year diploma prepares you for the Bachelor of Chiropractic, taught through the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

The Pre-Chiropractic pathway within the Diploma in Applied Science is an opportunity to meet the entry requirements of the New Zealand Chiropractic College. Completing the diploma doesn’t guarantee entry to the Bachelor of Chiropractic.

Courses you study

You also choose any other course at level 4 or above, with the approval of the programme leader.

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Standard diploma

Graduates with this broad foundation in science are prepared for careers in science and laboratory work in a variety of industries. You can also progress to a higher level science qualification.

Pre-chiropractic pathway

This pathway prepares you for entry into chiropractic college and becoming a registered chiropractor.

Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$8,165 - $8,346 (for 120 points)
($7,091 - $7,272 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$36,274 (for 120 points)
($35,200 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

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