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A Postgraduate Diploma is designed to extend and deepen an individual’s knowledge and skills by building on attainment in the principal subject(s) of the qualifying degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate. A Postgraduate Diploma prepares an individual for independent research and scholarship in the principal subject of the diploma. A Postgraduate Diploma may be awarded with distinction.
An individual for the Postgraduate Diploma in a specified subject or, where appropriate, a related area will normally have completed all requirements of the relevant Bachelor's Degree or Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, or who is deemed to have acquired the relevant skills and knowledge through appropriate work or professional experience, at an additional level.
A graduate of a Postgraduate Diploma is able to:
- show evidence of advanced knowledge about a specialist field of enquiry or professional practice
- engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, criticism and problem-solving.
The Postgraduate Diploma requires a minimum of 120 credits from levels 7 and above, with a minimum of 72 credits from level 8.
Relationship with other qualifications
A person who holds a Postgraduate Diploma may be eligible to enrol in a Master’s Degree.