Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
This 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.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
Students must have completed a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent health qualification.
Enrolment is subject to the approval of the Dean of Education and Health Sciences. Prior qualifications and experience of the student will be taken into account in approving the course of study.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The course of study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences is made up of courses equivalent to 60 points. Students complete any two 30-point courses from the Schedule to the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, and may have the option of transferring to a longer postgraduate programme if desired.
The qualification takes 6 months full-time, and can also be studied for up to 2 years part-time.
Many graduates continue to work within their health profession while others work in health-related fields, the social services, or local or central government.
- 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 | Te Kura Mātai Hauora 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