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National Diploma in Science

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National Diploma in Science

Programme Overview


Enjoy a career as a lab technician, research technician or quality assurance technician and help keep New Zealand at the forefront of scientific research, product development and testing with UCOL’s National Diploma in Science. 


This highly regarded science course is taught by industry experienced staff who will prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a professional Laboratory Technician.

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.

Once qualified, you will 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.


National Diploma in Science Lab Safety Booklet 2016



Programme National Diploma in Science - Level 5 or Level 6
Study Options / Duration Full-time 2 years. ,
Campuses Palmerston North
​Domestic fees: $5,687  International fees: $19,800


Palmerston North 

15 February 2016 - 25 November 2016



Palmerston North 

Year One timetable information.  

Year Two timetable information.

Classes are generally between 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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