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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024

Campus

University of Otago

Summary

In general, this qualification is intended for health professionals who have completed three years of tertiary study and already have experience in the field. The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) may be taken either as a generic qualification or, more usually, with an endorsement in a specific area of specialisation. Please check the requirements of each endorsement carefully.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) is a postgraduate diploma comprising papers to the value of 120 points (usually four 30 point papers).

Information for new applicants

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) is a postgraduate diploma comprising papers to the value of 120 points (usually four 30 point papers). It can be taken as a generic “unendorsed” option or as an endorsed" option from those listed below.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences is taught from three campuses (Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington).

The Diploma may be credited towards the Master of Health Sciences, though admission to the Masters will depend upon performance.

Schedule of endorsed options

Endorsements marked with an asterisk are available through Distance Learning.

Each endorsement is based at a particular campus indicated below: D = Dunedin, C = Christchurch, W = Wellington.

Addiction and Co-existing Disorders * C

Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport * W

Bioethics * D

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy W

Human Nutrition * D

Interpersonal Psychotherapy * C

Mental Health * C

Musculoskeletal Management * C

Nursing * C

Nursing (Primary Health Care) * C

Occupational Health * D

Obesity Prevention and Management * D

Pain and Pain Management * C

Rural Nursing * C

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Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

Every applicant shall

be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study;

if enrolling for an endorsed diploma, have experience of or be currently working in the relevant field of health care;

present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic module) (including IELTS Online) - Overall score of 6.5, no individual band below 6.0.
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score of 90 and a writing score of 21.
  • C1 Advanced (previously Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) & (previously Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • Language Cert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill.
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • English New Zealand's Accredited Pathway Assessment - Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).
  • APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language Examination - Grade 4 or higher.

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