Master of Health Sciences
UC's Health Sciences qualifications give health professionals, non-clinical members of the health workforce and others interested in the health sector or health issues the opportunity to examine critically a range of significant issues in health sciences, and where relevant to improve their professional practice.
The Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) is a research-inclusive qualification worth 240 points. Students are supervised by some world-leading researchers in the School of Health Sciences.
Students may either follow a general programme, or focus on a specialisation and receive their qualification endorsed in one of several areas:
- Environment and Health
- Health and Community
- Health Behaviour Change
- Health Information Management
- Palliative Care.
Note: UC also offers a coursework-only (180-point) Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.
If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.
Qualification specific requirements
You must have completed a relevant bachelor's degree or appropriate health professional qualification or the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (or equivalent) with at least a B average.
Students with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (or equivalent) can complete Part II only (a full year of research – 120 points – in a pre-approved topic is recommended, although other options may be available).
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification structure and duration
The MHealSc contains two parts:
- Part I of the Master of Health Sciences degree is equivalent to the one-year full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences qualification
- Part II of the Master of Health Sciences involves the production of an independent thesis, whether it's the production of a thesis only or the completion of a combination of papers and a shorter thesis.
At least two years full-time; up to four years part-time. Part II only: one year full-time; up to two years part-time.
Students can begin their studies in either February or July.
Subjects and courses
- Part I consists of courses selected from within the list of approved subjects, or courses specified for the endorsed option.
- Part II consists of either a thesis, thesis and coursework, or coursework and a dissertation.
Coursework is normally completed prior to thesis or dissertation enrolment.
All students should complete:
- HLTH 690 (120 points) in area of endorsement or
- HLTH 697 (90 points), except those enrolled in the Nursing endorsement, who should complete HLTH 695 (60 points).
For the up-to-date schedule of courses for each endorsement, visit our University Regulations website. There is also more detailed information on the scope and structure of each pathway on the College of Education, Health and Human Development web pages: Develop your own Research Pathway, Environment and Health, Health and Community, Health Behaviour Change, Health Information Management, Nursing, Palliative Care.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences.
Many graduates continue to work within their health profession while others work in health-related fields, the 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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Health Sciences.
For study planning help contact the School of Heath Sciences or:
College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800