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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Palliative Care

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Mar 2025


University of Auckland


The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHSc) in Palliative Care is offered by the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care in the School of Population Health.

Programme structure

Students are required to enrol in and complete 120 points from the following courses:

POPLHLTH 777: Ethics and Societal Approaches to Death (30 points)

POPLPRAC 772: Symptom Management in Palliative Care (30 points)

POPLPRAC 773:Challenges in Symptom Management in Palliative Care (30 points)

POPLPRAC 774: Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care (30 points)

Important information

These courses are for clinicians working within palliative care. For some clinicians who wish to enrol, an automatic response may indicate that the class is full. In this case, please scroll down and apply for a concession, which will be reviewed for enrolment in this course.

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 will need a Grade Point Average (GPA) or Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) of at least 2.5.

You must be a health professional currently working in these service areas.

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.

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