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PhD or Doctoral degree

Doctor of Health Sciences

09 October 2023

Study a Doctor of Health Sciences through Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School at University of Canterbury.


Doctor of Health Sciences

Degree Structure - Duration
4–6 years full-time


Doctor of Health Sciences

Degree Structure - Start In




2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $8,632
  • International — (Not available to International students)


Doctor of Health Sciences


The Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) programme provides an opportunity for you to evaluate an area of health that you are passionate about. This could include evaluating health innovations and initiatives designed to reduce disparities in health outcomes, generating evidence for improved practice and service delivery, or conducting research into population health needs.

The DHSc is designed to advance your expertise through evidence-based research and application to your own health practice, including clinical and non-clinical roles.

The programme also has a focus on developing your collaborative skills to engage more strongly with affected communities, organisations, iwi, and government. UC is uniquely placed with our partnership within Te Papa Hauora | Health Precinct allowing students, researchers, and clinicians to innovate and work together.

Doctor of Health Sciences

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

You will need to have either an Aotearoa New Zealand honours or master's degree to enrol, or other qualifications of an equivalent standard. In some cases, you may be approved to enrol without these qualifications if you have sufficient research or training experience.

You will also need to have at least five years of relevant professional practice.

All students must be approved by Amo Rangahau | Dean of Postgraduate Research to enrol in the degree.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Doctor of Health Sciences or use the admission requirements checker.

One or more courses or research may require vaccination

The government has announced new vaccination requirements for the health and education sectors. At UC, our programmes are strongly connected to our communities of practice. For many of our programmes, you will not be able to complete research or practice-oriented courses if you are not vaccinated. This is due to research/practice taking place in health centres and schools/kura where all employees and volunteers are required to be vaccinated.

For these courses you will be required to be vaccinated in line with the NZ Government regulations, and supply evidence of your vaccination status.

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for PhD and Doctoral degrees.

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,632
  • International — (Not available to International students)

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,397
  • International — Not available to international students

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my degree

Doctor of Health Sciences

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The Doctor of Health Sciences is made up of two parts:

  • Part I - a research portfolio (120 points)
  • Part II - a thesis (240 points)

The minimum completion time for study is 4 years. Part I of the degree is studied part-time over 2 years, with Part II either part-time or full-time.

You can begin your degree in February.

Part I of the programme (first 2 years of part-time study) is built around a cohort model.

Part II of the programme (part or full-time) continues your thesis project in much the same way as a PhD student would.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Doctor of Health Sciences.


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