Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2019 Semester Two – 22 July
2020 Semester One – 2 March
Available locations
Grafton, Tāmaki, Off-campus
Programme type

Programme overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science covers a broad range of health science subjects. Complete a generic programme or specialise in one subject area. Involves one year of full-time study or up to four years of part-time study.

Programme structure

You can pick between a generic postgraduate diploma in health sciences or choose from one of our eleven specialisations on offer.
Generic Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

Alternatively, you can complete 120 points from one of the specialisations.

2020 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. You will need a Grade Point Average (GPA) or Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) of at least 2.5.

If your GPA or GPE is below 2.5 you should first complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences.

Further programme requirements

If you are applying for a specialisation, there are specific requirements you must meet.

Specialisations are not available to international applicants, with the exception of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health Informatics.

  • 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, Palliative Care, 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).
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Medical Imaging, and Ultrasound: 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.
  • 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.
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 Diploma in Health Sciences cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,530.80 – $9,274.80*
International students
NZ$42,606 – $74,354*

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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Scholarships and awards

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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

You may apply for Semester One 2019 any time up until the closing date.

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

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?

Many graduates continue to work within their health profession while others work in health-related fields, social services, or local or central government. 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. 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.

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.

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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