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.
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:
- the HLTH courses listed under the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences schedule; and
- the Child and Family Psychology courses CFPY601 Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence, CFPY602 Child Development: Research Contexts and Applications, CFPY603 Introduction to Interventions, CFPY604 Counselling and Psychology: Theories and Skills; or
- their equivalent.
Note: Not all courses will be offered in any one year.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
This is an ideal pathway to the:
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 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