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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


This certificate gives health professionals, non-clinical members of the health workforce and others interested in the health sector the chance to critically examine a range of significant issues in health sciences, and where relevant to improve their professional practice.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences is a suitable introduction to the health science sector. It can also be a pathway to other postgraduate qualifications at UC.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences is made up of courses equivalent to 60 points. Students complete any two 30-point courses from the Schedule to the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, and may have the option of transferring to a longer postgraduate programme if desired.

Further study

This is an ideal pathway to the:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences
  • Master of Health Sciences

Career opportunities

Many graduates continue to work within their health profession while others work in health-related fields, the social services, or local or central government.

Entry criteria

To enrol, you must have completed a relevant bachelor’s degree or an equivalent health qualification.

Prior qualifications and experience will be taken into account in approving your application.

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: If you need to apply for admission to the University, please submit your application at least 6 months before your intended start date.

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