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National Diploma in Science

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National Diploma in Science

Programme Overview


Achieve the National Diploma in Science and take your place in a New Zealand lab with this highly regarded programme.


By becoming a Laboratory Technician you will help keep New Zealand at the forefront of scientific research and product development and testing. 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, microbiology and molecular biology.


Students who perform well in year 1 may be offered an optional placement in their second year to gain experience in a laboratory as part of their course of study.


Programme Fact Sheet

National Diploma in Science Fact Sheet



Programme National Diploma in Science - Level 5 or Level 6
Study Options / Duration Full-time 2 years. ,
Campuses Palmerston North
Fees Domestic $5,538.36 per yearInternational $17,360.60 per year


Palmerston North 

20 July 2015 - 27 November 2015

20 July 2015 - 24 June 2016



Palmerston North 

Year One timetable information.  

Year Two timetable information.

Classes are generally betwee the hours of 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday - Friday.

Allow 20 hours in class and an additional 20 hours lecturer-directed learning each.
Other Programme Costs
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