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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 semester

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Grafton Campus


This certificate allows you to complete postgraduate taught courses in a diverse range of subjects that are related to health sciences.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences programme specialising in Advanced Nursing, is aimed at registered nurses seeking to advance their knowledge and skills. It is intended to give nurses the core generic skills and knowledge essential for advanced nursing practice in a specialist area, and preparation for research.

Students wishing to complete the PGCertHSc in advanced nursing are required to enrol in and complete the following courses, depending on the desired stream.

Programme structure

  • 60-point programme.
  • Students can choose to pursue a generic postgraduate certificate in health sciences or specialise.
  • For a generic certificate, choose advanced-level courses from the Master of Health Sciences Schedule (60 points).
  • Each specialisation has different requirements and courses, see the Specialisations tab to plan your pathway.
  • You must complete the programme in one semester if enrolled full-time, or four semesters if enrolled part-time.

Where could this programme take you?

This certificate programme enables health professionals to specialise in their area of practice at postgraduate level, according to the specialisation chosen. 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

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

Entry criteria

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 must have current registration with the Nursing Council in New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with 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.

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