Qualification

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

Overview

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

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary programme; students complete advanced study in Health Sciences, choosing from courses in over twenty disciplines. Students may either follow a general programme, or focus on a specialisation and receive their qualification endorsed in:

  • early intervention
  • environment and health
  • health behaviour change
  • health information management
  • men’s health or
  • palliative care

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences is a one-year full-time qualification equivalent to Part I of the master’s degree.

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.

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

Qualification specific requirements

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

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

Qualification structure and duration

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences is a one-year full-time qualification equivalent to Part I of the master’s degree.

Duration

One to two years full-time, or equivalent part-time.

Subjects and courses

The diploma consists of HLTH401 Health and Health Systems and other courses selected from within the list of approved subjects, or courses specified for the endorsed option.

How to apply

Find out how to Apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Career opportunities

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

More information

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

For study planning help contact the Liaison OfficeSchool of Heath Sciences or the College of Education:

College of Education
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Ōrakipaoa Building
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 343 9606
Email education@canterbury.ac.nz