UniversityUniversity of Auckland
This course is available
Level of Study
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma
Next start date
Expected Feb 2023
University of Auckland
The PGDipHSc (Ultrasound) programme provides a route to registration as a sonographer in New Zealand. Possible to this programme is restricted to students who have already obtained a clinical training position in a University of Auckland approved ultrasound department.
Our PGDipHSc(Ultrasound) programme is approved and accredited by the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB).
Students who successfully complete the requirements for this programme, including a clinical competency assessment at an approved workplace, will be eligible for registration with the MRTB in the Ultrasound Scope of Practice.
Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) seeking a clinical training position in ultrasound may commence their study before securing a training position by enrolling in the PGCertHSc(Medical Imaging) and completing 4 courses. Should they obtain a clinical training position within 5 years of completion of the PGCertHSc, any completed courses may be eligible for transfer into the PGDipHSc(Ultrasound) qualification.
Other eligible candidates seeking a clinical training position in ultrasound may commence their study before securing a training position by enrolling in the PGCertHSc(Health Science) and completing 4 courses. Should they obtain a clinical training position within 5 years of completion of the PGCertHSc, some completed courses may be eligible for transfer into the PGDipHSc(Ultrasound) qualification.
At this stage, we do not offer this particular programme to students residing outside of New Zealand as assessment of clinical competency is embedded within it.
Generic Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences
One course from the approved research method courses list (15 points)
Advanced level courses covering various fields in health sciences, listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule (105 points)
Completed within one year if enrolled full-time or four years if enrolled part-time.
Where could this programme take you?
Many graduates continue to work within their health profession while others work in health-related fields, social services, or local or central government. Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.
Further study options
Master of Health Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy
You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in a health-related discipline such as health sciences, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, psychology, or social work. You will need a Grade Point Average (GPA) or Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) of at least 2.5.
You must have completed an undergraduate degree in medical imaging (or similar) at a recognised university (or similar institution) and have registration with the Medical Radiation Technologists Board.
IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.