Postgraduate study in Health Sciences

What can you study in Health Sciences?

You can complete postgraduate study in the Health Sciences subject in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Health Sciences or a Master of Health Sciences.

Health Sciences is an umbrella qualification covering all postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

However most courses on the Master of Health Sciences schedule are more usually taken towards either a specialisation under health sciences (listed below) or another named qualification such as a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education, Health Psychology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, or Public Health, or a Master of Health Leadership or Master of Audiology.

The Master of Health Sciences can also be completed at the Liggins Institute, which is a good option if you’re interested in the early life environment and the impact of this on life-long health.

You can, in some circumstances, choose courses that are not under a specialisation. In that situation you can choose a general health sciences plan.

Most students applying for a health sciences programme are working in the health sector and choose part-time study in a specialisation in their area.

Specialisations include:

  • Advanced Nursing
  • Alcohol and Drug Studies
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Health Informatics
  • Mammography 
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Medical Imaging
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Optometry
  • Pacific Health
  • Palliative Care
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Population Mental Health
  • Sports Medicine (Postgraduate Certificate level)
  • Ultrasound
  • Women's Health (Postgraduate Certificate level)
  • Youth Health

Where can postgraduate study in Health Sciences take you?

There are many opportunities for graduates with training in Health Sciences at postgraduate level.

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits, eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Jobs related to Health Sciences include

  • Consultancy and advisory roles
  • Health educator
  • Health promotion roles
  • Health services manager
  • Quality assurance roles
  • Researcher

Further study options

  • Doctor of Philosophy