Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science.xml Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Postgraduate DiplomaFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

Programme code



February, July^





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year


Blended delivery *

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)


$1832 per course (2019)



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

About this programme

Take the next step towards specialist health management roles.

If you have a degree in nursing or a health-related area and you'd like to extend your knowledge and skills for advanced practice in the health sector, this one-year online diploma is an interdisciplinary programme for qualified health professionals and health service managers.

It will equip you with advanced practice knowledge and critical analysis skills.

You will spend time in independent study, critical reflection and field work in your place of study or place of work. The programme is characterised by the option of advanced study with a specific health endorsement, requiring a foundation of undergraduate knowledge and skills achieved through previous tertiary qualifications or equivalent professional experience. Some endorsement options exist - Child and Family Health, Elder Health (available from 2018) - however the diploma can also be completed without a specific endorsement.

To achieve the certificate you need to complete four of the available courses within four years.

*This programme is delivered using a mix of online and face-to-face learning in class. It includes compulsory two-day workshops at the City campus for some courses.

^ Please note that not all courses are offered in both semesters, and that some courses are prerequisites for others.

Career opportunities

At the successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to be involved in the implementation of change in your area of practice.

Study pathways

Beyond this qualification you could consider a Masters in either health science or nursing.

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Programme structure

To complete this Postgraduate Diploma you are required to complete 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • An undergraduate degree in a health science/health discipline with a B average or better.

Alternative requirements
  • If you do not hold an undergraduate degree in health science you may:

    • provide evidence of having completed a relevant professional qualification; and
    • provide evidence of successful completion of a relevant qualification or programme of study which is equivalent to those of first degree graduates, through the submission of a portfolio of evidence.

    If your undergraduate degree does not provide the basis of study at the level required for more advanced study, enrolment in transitional or undergraduate courses may be required before admission to this programme.

Additional requirements
  • Interview

    • Applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview.

    Where preparation is sought for specialty or advanced nursing practice, you must also:

    • be a Registered Nurse
    • hold a current Practising Certificate
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

Please complete an admissions and enrolment form.

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.