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Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


18 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


The Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice is a 180-point, professionally focused, coursework-based master's degree. This degree will appeal to those already employed in the health sector or those wishing to enter health-related employment, with students examining a range of significant issues in health sciences, and looking to improve their professional practice as a result.

MHealScProfPr students may either follow a general programme, or focus on a specialisation and receive their qualification endorsed in one of several areas:

  • Environment and Health
  • Health and Community
  • Health Behaviour Change
  • Health Information Management
  • Nursing
  • Palliative Care.

If completing the Bachelor of Nursing from Ara consecutively with the MHealScProfPr, students complete their MHealScProfPr in 18 months and then study full-time at Ara for an additional 6 months. This pathway has a February-only start.

Further study

UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences.

Career opportunities

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.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Entry criteria

There are a few pathways for entry available to students:

  • A previous relevant bachelor's degree, or appropriate health professional qualification, with good grades (normally a B Grade Point Average or better), and approval from the Dean of Education and Health Sciences. Note: some conditions may be waived by the Dean if you already have practical or professional experience in the field.
  • This Master's is an ideal extension for those who have studied or are currently studying the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences or Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.
  • Nursing and Health Sciences – UC offers a unique qualification combination in conjunction with Ara Institute of Canterbury (Ara) allowing graduates to gain two qualifications: a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice, in just two years.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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