Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences


Aimed at people who are currently employed in, or seeking employment in, a health-related field, the social services, or local or central government. UC's Health Sciences qualifications give students the opportunity to examine critically a range of significant issues in health sciences, and where relevant to improve their professional practice.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences is an advanced, interdisciplinary programme. Students may either follow a general course of study, or focus on a specialisation and receive their qualification endorsed in:

  • Environment and Health
  • Health and Community*
  • Health Behaviour Change*
  • Health Information Management
  • Palliative Care.

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2016.

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.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma 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 PGDipHealSc is a qualification equivalent to Part I of the Master of Health Sciences. It can be studied in one to two years full-time, or equivalent part-time. Students can begin their studies in February or July.

Subjects and courses

The combination of chosen courses must equate to a total weighting of 120 points. It will generally consist of four courses (30 points each) chosen from the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Schedule.

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 PathwayEnvironment and HealthHealth and CommunityHealth Behaviour ChangeHealth Information ManagementPalliative Care.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

UC offers a Master of Health Sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences.

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.

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More information

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

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

College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Ōrakipaoa Building
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 343 7737
Email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

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