Diploma in University Studies

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

    Semester 1 - 21 Feb 2022

    Semester 2 - 18 Jul 2022

  • Qualification

    Certificate and Diplomas

  • Duration

    1 to 1.5 years full time

  • Credits

    180 for DUS 3 and 120 for DUS 2

  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Prepare for degree-level academic study so you can grow your career prospects in the land-based industries.

Whether you passed University Entrance or just missed out, our Diploma in University Studies is a supported study programme that will take you from pre-degree through to entry into the second year of a recognised Bachelor’s degree.

Depending on your entry level and qualifications, you can complete the Diploma in University Studies in two or three semesters.

How you’ll grow

  • Develop your study, communication and research skills so that you’re ready for the focused, in-depth learning a degree programme provides.
  • Expand your knowledge and understanding with a range of courses chosen from Lincoln’s bachelor programmes.
  • Round off your capabilities and career-readiness with the core Bachelor course.

You will also take part in our specialised Skills for Success programme, which offers additional tutoring in a range of academic disciplines and provides assistance with study skills, assignments and general guidance. 

Programme Structure

Diploma in University Studies - 3 Semester pathway (DUS 3)

Compulsory for all students:

LUAC 010 - Academic Communication and Study Skills (15 credits)

Plus two from the following courses:
  • LUAC 011 - Mathematics and Statistics for Tertiary Study 2 (15 credits)
  • LUAC 012 - Business and Economics (15 credits)
  • LUAC 013 - Science for Tertiary Study (15 credits)
  • LUAC 014 - Te-Tu-a-Uri: Introduction to Māori Culture and Society (15 credits)
  • LUAC 015 - Land and Environment (15 credits)

Nine 100-level courses from the Bachelor's degree schedule and a compulsory 'Skills for Success' programme.

Diploma in University Studies - 2 Semester Pathway (DUS 2)

Eight 100-level courses from the Bachelor’s degree schedule, and a compulsory 'skills for success’ programme.

Programme information


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Programme contacts

Dorota Brodala

Dorota (Dot) Brodala

Academic Coordinator

[email protected]

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