Graduate Diploma of Contemporary International Studies

IPU New Zealand (Institute of the Pacific United New Zealand)

Subject area

Mixed Field Programmes not elsewhere classified

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Entry requirements

Domestic entry: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree. International entry: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum 50% grade average AND English language proficiency evidenced by: 1. any English test score listed on NZQA Table English Proficiency Outcomes of Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 2. meets NZQA's Criteria for existing English proficiency 3. IPU New Zealand English Proficiency Test 60% with no section less than 55% Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the GDIS, students may not always have prior knowledge in the area of each paper offered. Notwithstanding this lack of prior knowledge, students are deemed to be able to function successfully in all prescribed papers, due to the essay writing and research skills that they are expected to have acquired from their Bachelors' degree.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Through interdisciplinary study, graduates build on the knowledge already gained in their undergraduate degree so that they can think critically and solve problems in creative ways, know how to access and evaluate information in a range of ways, are able to use more than one language accurately in a range of settings, can communicate crossculturally and interculturally, and are able to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in a range of vocational settings.

What graduates earn

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Contact details

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