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Postgraduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Research


  • Semester 1 starts 20 February 2017
  • Semester 2 starts 5 June 2017
  • 6 months full-time, or part-time equivalent
  • Fee Guideline: $3,187*
  • Hamilton City and Rotokauri Campuses

The Postgraduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Research (PGCert in TDR) offers students a great entry into postgraduate study from a diverse range of disciplines. It makes industry experience count and offers you flexibility in time and place of study.

This programme aims to build your knowledge to innovate in the workplace and develop attributes and skills highly sought after in the 21st century workplace. It offers an accessible academic and professional career development opportunity in research and innovation at postgraduate level, relevant to all disciplines.

There are no formal classes. As a student, you will be guided through the programme by an academic lead supervisor and you will have access to an industry mentor. You will also be embedded in our community of practice, supported by supervision and mentorship, with access to a national and international network of researchers. You will be part of a group of fellow students and will enrich your learning through regular seminars, presentations, extensive online resources and workshops.

This framework will ensure you are well supported in all academic aspects as well as allowing you to gain valuable insights into the business environment the project is undertaken in.


Scehdule of Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
TDRI801Transdisciplinary Research Theoretical Framework

Transdisciplinary Research Problem Framing


Entry Requirements:

1.1 General Academic Admission
  • Candidates must have gained either:
  • An undergraduate degree conferred by a New Zealand tertiary education institution with a mark average of B (65 %) or above in the final year of study; or
  • A qualification, industry experience and/or assessment of prior learning approved as equivalent by the Programme Committee.
1.2 Selection Criteria
  • Candidates must also:
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent practical and theoretical research at a minimum level equivalent to a level 7 Bachelor’s research project. This will be demonstrated by successfully completing all three components of the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) with 75 % or above. The TNA consists of:
    • The Online Training Needs Analysis
    • Submission of a professional and research evidence portfolio
    • An entry interview with the Team Manager Postgraduate (or delegate) and one approved academic supervisor of the PG Cert
  • Have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience
  • Have a theme/research project approved by Wintec and the industry partner
  • Be required to sign appropriate agreements and to be willing to comply with agreed protocols related to the research project
1.3 English Language Requirements
  • Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; or equivalent.

Career/further opportunities:

There are growing career opportunities for professional workplace-based innovators and applied researchers Students will gain skills and expertise highly valued in a workplace or research environment, including developing an understanding of the transdisciplinary research approach and the critical reframing of a real-world problem. They will be able to establish a research plan based on this understanding and knowledge gained. Graduates will be able to use this qualification for their professional development and to develop the skills required to undertake new roles within a business or group.

Those who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Research with a B grade average or above and whose research plan has been approved by Wintec and the industry partner for implementation will be eligible to enter the Master of Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation programme.

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