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New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)

Level 6

Qualify as a laboratory technician with the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6).

  Students learning in one of the Science Labs on our Palmerston North Campus
Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year, full-time

19 Feb 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 28 Jun 2019

Domestic Fees:*
$5,893.50Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

As a graduate of this diploma, you will be able to work independently as a laboratory technician in science and technology-related fields including manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research and development.

Once qualified, you have the opportunity to work with some of New Zealand's leading scientists in a wide range of scientific disciplines including biochemistry, chemistry, immunology, microbiology and molecular biology.

New Zealand Diploma in Science students in Palmerston North hone their skills through lab experience, both in class and on work placement. Here's the class of 2017 testing banana enzymes:



Hear from 2017 graduate, Alicia Hughes:


 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Industrial laboratory technician
  • Research technician
  • Quality assurance technician
  • Sales and marketing
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Science Technicians.

 Course Information


  • STEM Workplace Legislation
  • STEM Quality Statistics
  • Environmental Quality Assessment
  • Bioscience in Industry 3
  • Project
  • Work Placement
  • Project Management


  • Sports and Biomechanics

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

  • Fonterra
  • Ag Research
  • NZ Pharmaceuticals
  • Gribbles

 Learning Facilities

Fully resourced science labs including laboratory equipment and materials for biology, microbiology, chemistry and molecular biology. PC laboratories.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Potential students should have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5) or an equivalent Level 5 Science qualification.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student appicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science Level 6 comprises 120 credits.

To optimise chances of success, full attendance is strongly recommended. The availability of a particular elective course is subject to an appropriate number of students enrolling in that course and not all electives may be offered in any given intake.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Previous Related Programme

The New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • National Diploma in Science

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science Level 6 of approximately $190.00:

  • Covered foot wear
  • Hair net or hair ties
  • Scientific calculator
  • Stationery (pens, pencils, ruler, paper etc)
Text book
  • (To be advised)


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.