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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Pharmaceutical Science

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHSc) in Pharmaceutical Science is designed for pharmacy and science graduates who wish to develop and enhance their knowledge and skill in respect of the development and introduction of new pharmaceutical products.

Students who have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Pharmaceutical Science may apply to credit the 60 points completed into the PGDipHSc.

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

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 have completed a degree in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, or an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) that includes advanced-level courses in chemistry.

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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