Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences


This postgraduate certificate gives health professionals, non-clinical members of the health workforce and others interested in the health sector the chance to critically examine a range of significant issues in health sciences, and where relevant to improve their professional practice.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences is a suitable introduction to the health science sector. It can also be a pathway to other postgraduate qualifications at UC.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must have completed a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent health qualification.

Each candidate is subject to the approval of the Dean of Education and Health Sciences. Prior qualifications and experience of the candidate will be taken into account in approving the course of study.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences or use the admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The course of study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences shall comprise courses equivalent to 0.50 EFTS (60 points). Students complete any two 30-point courses from the approved schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, and may have the option of transferring to a longer postgraduate programme if desired.

The qualification takes six months to study full-time or up to two years part-time. Students begin their studies in February or July.

Subjects and courses

The courses that can be selected for the PGCertHealSc are:

Note: Not all courses will be offered in any one year.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

This is an ideal pathway to the:

Career opportunities

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. 

Useful resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences.

For study planning help contact the School of Health Sciences or the College of Education, Health and Human Development:

College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3333
Email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz