Full-time: half year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
2019 Semester One – 4 March
Available locations
Grafton, Tāmaki, Off-campus
Programme type

Programme overview

This certificate allows you to complete postgraduate taught courses in a diverse range of subjects that are related to health sciences.

Complete a generic programme or specialise in one subject area.

Programme structure

  • 60-point programme.
  • Students can choose to pursue a generic postgraduate certificate in health sciences or specialise.
  • For a generic certificate, choose advanced-level courses from the Master of Health Sciences Schedule (60 points).
  • Each specialisation has different requirements and courses, see the Specialisations tab to plan your pathway.
  • You must complete the programme in one semester if enrolled full-time, or four semesters if enrolled part-time.

2018 entry requirements

Programme requirements

You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in a health-related discipline such as health sciences, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, psychology, or social work.

The following specialisations have more specific requirements:

  • Advanced Nursing and Mental Health Nursing: you must have current registration with the Nursing Council in New Zealand.
  • Alcohol and Drug Studies, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Sports Medicine, Palliative Care, Women’s Health, and Youth Health: you must be a health professional currently working in these service areas.
  • Health Informatics: you must have a background in computer science, or an undergraduate degree in health sciences from a recognised university (or similar institution).
  • Mammography and Medical Imaging: you must have completed an undergraduate degree in medical imaging (or similar) at a recognised university (or similar institution) and have registration with the Medical Radiation Technologists Board or as a medical radiation technologist.
  • Mental Health: you should have an undergraduate degree in health sciences (or similar) at a recognised university (or similar institution).
  • Pharmaceutical Science: you must have completed a degree in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, or an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) that includes advanced-level courses in chemistry.

Further programme requirements

English language requirements

If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency.

You will require an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0. See alternative English language requirements.

Other pathways to study

  • If you are 20 on or before the first day of semester, have no formal University Entrance (UE) qualification, and are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident you can apply for special admission.

How much does a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences cost per year?

2018 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 $6.78 per point, estimated at $406.80 for full-time study (60 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

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

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

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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 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

Where could this programme take you?

This certificate programme enables health professionals to specialise in their area of practice at postgraduate level, according to the specialisation chosen.

Student career planning service

Once you become a student at the University, you can get help with planning and developing your career from Career Development and Employability Services.

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