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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


This Diploma is aimed at people who are currently employed in, or seeking employment in, a health-related field, the social services, or local or central government. UC's Health Sciences qualifications give students the opportunity to examine critically a range of significant issues in health sciences, and where relevant to improve their professional practice.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences is an advanced, interdisciplinary programme. You may either follow a general course of study, or focus on a specialisation and receive your qualification endorsed in:

Environment and Health
Health and Community
Health Behaviour Change
Health Information Management
Health Leadership and Management
Palliative Care
Taha Hinengaro – Health and Wellbeing Practice

Further study

UC offers a Master of Health Sciences (research-based degree) and a Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (practice-based degree).

There is also a Doctor of Health Sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences.


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

You must have completed a relevant bachelor's degree, or an appropriate health professional qualification, with at least a B Grade Point Average.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic): An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing, and listening.
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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