Postgraduate Diploma in Political Science

Victoria University of Wellington

Subject area

Political Science

Check out Fees Free to see whether you are eligible for a year of fees-free study or two years industry training. Contact your provider to confirm your study options meet the criteria.

Entry requirements

A bachelors degree or graduate diploma in political science or a cognate field.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Graduates will have advanced knowledge and understanding of aspects of the political science discipline, including theoretical issues. They will be able to evaluate and analyse findings and discussions in the political science literature, conceptualise problems in political analysis and political practice and be able to conduct small-scale, independent research on topics in political science. Graduates will be qualified for careers in public affairs including politics, the civil service, think tanks, lobbying and civil society organisations. Some graduates may be able to continue to the Master of Political Science (MPols, VI001S) or a research-based masters degree. The PGDipPols also acts as a step-off qualification for students unable to complete the MPols.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Political Science and Policy Studies at this level can earn:


Median earnings one year after study


Median earnings two years after study


Median earnings five years after study

Status one year after study

Employment rate two years after study


Employment rate two years after study

Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 842 864
Phone: (04) 472 1000
Fax: (04) 499 4601

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.


NZQA supplies course information based on material from the provider.

MyQ is now closed. Find out more about MyQ