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Postgraduate Diploma in Drug Discovery and Development

Victoria University of Wellington

Subject area

Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified



1 Year

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Graduates will have skills in critical analysis and communication, be able to work in teams, and have a sophisticated understanding of the relevant disciplines. They will be able to apply their knowledge of the processes and activities involved with drug discovery, design and development in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, agrichemical, bioanalytical, chemical and related industries. Graduates will be able to interpret research outcomes and compose relevant written and oral reports. Graduates may be able to continue to the Master of Drug Discovery and Development (VI001Y). The Postgraduate Diploma in Drug Discovery and Development is also an exit qualification from the Master of Drug Discovery and Development. Graduates will have enhanced their skills relevant to the pharmaceutical, agrichemical, biotechnology and neutraceutical sectors.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

A bachelor s degree from a tertiary institution in a relevant subject, with a B+ average grade in relevant courses.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $49,456
Earnings range $34,874 - $55,281
In employment 46%
In further study 48%
On a benefit 2%

All KIS information is the most recent data available and relates to domestic students only.

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Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Forest & Bird Undergraduate Scholarship

Provided by:

Victoria University of Wellington - The Scholarships Office



$15,000 across three years - see additional information for payment details

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Bashford-Nicholls Trust Vocational Study Scholarships

Provided by:

Royce Nicholls Trust/Margaret Bashford Trust




Read more

This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

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.

Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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