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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Mental Health Nursing

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Grafton Campus


The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHSc) in Mental Health Nursing is aimed at practitioners entering mental health nursing as well as those experienced in mental health nursing practice. There are courses for practitioners in their first year of practice, and for those preparing for advanced practice and nurse practitioner roles.

Programme structure

Students are required to enrol in, and complete, 120 points from:

HLTHSCI 703 - Psychological Interventions in Nursing and Health Care (30 Points)

NURSING 742 - Biological Science for Practice (30 Points)

NURSING 744 A&B - Specialty Nursing Practicum (30 Points)

NURSING 745 - Principles of Medication Management (30 Points)

NURSING 746 - Evidence-based Practice and Implementation (30 Points)

NURSING 773 - Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (30 Points)

NURSING 774 - Nursing People in Acute Mental Health Crisis (30 Points)

NURSING 776 - Advanced Assessment in MHN (30 Points)

NURSING 782 - Research Methods in Nursing and Health (30 Points)

NURSING 785 - Clinical Reasoning in Pharmacotherapeutics (30 Points)

NURSPRAC 717 - Special Topic: Practicum for RN Designated Prescribers

NURSPRAC 718 - Contemporary Mental Health and Addictions Nursing Practice (30 Points)

NURSPRAC 719 - Clinical Practice in Mental Health and Addictions (30 Points)

POPLPRAC 761 - Mental Health in Old Age

Other courses approved by the Head of the School of Nursing


Detailed information on admission criteria, programme structure and content, and the schedule of courses can be found in the University Calendar regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences. These should also be read in conjunction with the University's General Regulations - Postgraduate Diplomas.

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 current registration with the Nursing Council in New Zealand.

Must be registered with an approved professional body

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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