Diploma in Applied Science

Develop knowledge of different science disciplines or prepare yourself for further study to become a chiropractor with this one-year science diploma.

The Diploma in Applied Science has two pathways:

  • Standard diploma
  • Pre-chiropractic pathway

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Minimum entry requirements

If you have New Zealand qualifications

  • 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.

If you have qualifications from another country

See entry requirements for students from other countries. Select your country from the dropdown menu.

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 pathways:

  • Standard diploma
  • Pre-chiropractic pathway

Standard diploma

This is a great way to prepare yourself for further study in Bachelor of Science. You can choose from a wide range of courses from Year 1 and 2 of our Bachelor of Science.

Choose eight courses from

Pre-chiropractic pathway

Planning to study the Bachelor of Chiropractic at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic? The Pre-chiropractic pathway 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.

More information about the Diploma in Applied Science

Email science.admin.team@aut.ac.nz

Students who started at AUT before 2023

If you started your studies at AUT before 2023, the courses you need to study to complete the requirements for your programme are a little different. You can find the old programme regulations you need to meet on Canvas. Simply log in with your AUT student ID number and password.

View Canvas information for current science students

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 further study in a Bachelor of Science.

Pre-chiropractic pathway

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

Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
15 Jul 2024
3 Mar 2025
21 Jul 2025

Key semester dates
$8,435 - $8,622 (for 120 points)
($7,289 - $7,476 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
$37,746 (for 120 points)
($36,600 tuition fees + $1146 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


The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.