Diploma in University Studies

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

    Semester 1 - 17 Feb 2025

  • 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 (DUS) 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.

If you decide to continue on to a Bachelor's degree, you will graduate with the DUS before beginning your degree programme. Once you have completed the degree, you will hold two Lincoln University qualifications (the DUS and your bachelor's degree). 

If you choose not to continue with a bachelor's degree programme, you will graduate with the DUS only. 

Depending on your entry level and qualifications, you can complete the DUS 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)
ACEN 103 - Academic Communication for Undergraduates (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)

Eight 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)

Compulsory for all students: 
ACEN 103 - Academic Communication for Undergraduates (15 credits)

Seven 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

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