Full-time: 1 year
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2021 Semester One – 1 March
Available locations
Grafton, Tāmaki, Off-campus
Programme type

Programme overview

This diploma is for medical practitioners registered and working in New Zealand. Students are required to complete six months of paediatric training before the end of the study year.

Diploma candidates undergo a programme of practical training and formal education, with significant online delivery.

Programme structure

  • 120-point qualification.
  • Core course is Diploma in Paediatrics (PAEDS 601) (120 points).
  • The core course requires submission of a logbook and critical appraisal of your experience in the community aspects of the care of children and young people.
  • Submission of a dissertation focusing on a child or youth health problem or service.
  • A written and clinical examination.
  • The programme has a two-day workshop at the beginning of the year. This covers a range of topics including child development, paediatric dermatology, neonatal resuscitation, paediatric rheumatology, youth health and child and adolescent mental health.
  • This is followed by a programme of self-directed learning.
  • Patient management problems or case-based questions will be posed for many of the topics so you have the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from broad reading of the topic.

Sample programme structure

Year 1 120 points

  • Code:
    PAEDS 601A/B
    Diploma in Paediatrics
    Compulsory core course
    120 pts

2020 entry requirements

Programme requirements

You must have completed, and held for at least one year, an undergraduate medical qualification such as the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB). Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution).


Further programme requirements

You must also hold current registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand and you will need to have access to six months’ paediatric training whilst undertaking the programme.

Please note: No more than three of the six months can be in neonatal paediatrics, paediatric ENT, paediatric surgery, paediatric orthopaedics or paediatric neurosurgery.

How much does a Diploma in Paediatrics cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
International students

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.06 per point, estimated at $847.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2019
8 December 2018

Start dates

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Where could this programme take you?

This programme develops the skills and knowledge to manage infants, children and youth with common and important health problems. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

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We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

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