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Health Sciences

Postgraduate Programmes

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc), Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc), Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (MHealScProfPr) and Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) allow you to put together a postgraduate programme of study across health related disciplines. This gives you considerable flexibility, and the opportunity to plan a programme to suit your interests, current employment, or career goals.

If you are interested in a Health Sciences PhD information is available here.

If you are interested in Nursing information is available here.

Our Health Science programmes have been established to meet current and emerging workforce needs. They provide opportunities for interdisciplinary postgraduate study for students already working in health or related services who wish to extend their knowledge and skills, or recent graduates seeking employment in these sectors. The PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc and MHealScProfPr may be completed with or without an identified area of specialised endorsement.

School of Health Sciences postgraduate courses and research initiatives are focused on the development of the health workforce and areas of interdisciplinary health sciences research.

Postgraduate courses towards the PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealScProfPr and MHealSc provide advanced education and skill development directed towards enhanced health and wellbeing through the lifespan, from early intervention in childhood to palliative care. Another focus is on the functioning of the health system, from the management of health information to health in communities. The increasing focus on prevention and lifestyle change provides enormous potential for a refocusing of health strategies and allied areas such as education, sport and recreation, and local government.

Planning your Course

To put together a coherent programme of study for the PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealScProfPr or MHealSc you will first need to consider whether to create your own course of study or choose a specialised endorsement. If your aim is to attain the Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Degree with a specialised endorsement, you will need to enrol in the required courses for that endorsement.

Some HLTH courses relate to specialised endorsements. Eligibility to enrol in some courses will depend on prior academic experience, in the agreement of the appropriate course coordinator or Head of School.

Credit for other study - Courses completed through other tertiary educational organisations may be credited toward the Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Degree. Students are encouraged, if possible, to apply for credit in advance.

If you would like to discuss your options, please contact a Student Advisor in the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice

Master of Health Sciences

Eligibility for Admission

You must first obtain the approval of the Joint Board of Studies: Health and the Dean of Education, Health and Human Development if you wish to enrol to study towards the PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc(ProfPrac) or MHealSc.

If you are seeking admission to any of the above you would normally need a three year bachelors degrees or equivalent with Health related courses, or extensive experience in a health related sector.

Students applying for the Nursing endorsement must also concurrently apply and be accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing at Ara.

Students applying for Part II of the Masters of Health Sciences (240 points) must have completed a research methods course and have an approved concept plan and supervisor prior to applying. For more information email Health Sciences Postgraduate Coordinator kathleen.liberty@canterbury.ac.nz

It may be possible to transfer credit from courses completed through other NZ tertiary institutions towards your Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Degree. Students are encouraged, if possible, to apply for credit in advance.

It may be possible to transfer credit from courses completed through overseas tertiary institutions towards your Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Degree. Students are encouraged, if possible, to apply for credit in advance.

If you have any queries regarding your eligibility, please contact a Student Advisor in the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

How to Apply

  • University of Canterbury graduates - apply online with myUC.
  • Other NZ graduates -you can apply online with myUC, the University of Canterbury's student portal.
    If you are a NZ or Australian citizen or a NZ permanent resident with a degree from a non-university tertiary institution in New Zealand or an overseas institution you may need to apply for Admission Ad Eundem Statum.
  • International students - to check if you are eligible go to the admission checker prior to applying online with myUC
  • If you do not hold a degree but believe you may meet eligibility criteria please contact a Student Advisor in the College of Education, Health and Human Development.