UniversityUniversity of Auckland
This course is available
Level of Study
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
University of Auckland
The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing is aimed at registered nurses seeking to advance their knowledge and skills. It is intended to give nurses the core generic skills and knowledge essential for advanced nursing practice in a specialist area, and preparation for research. The intent is that the postgraduate diploma will allow the nurse to develop competencies associated with advanced nursing practice.
Students who have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing may apply to credit the 60 points to the diploma, and then undertake an additional 60 points in courses to complete the diploma.
Students wishing to complete the PGDipHSc in Advanced Nursing specialization are required to enrol in and complete the following courses, depending on the desired stream. If a student intends to proceed to a masters programme, a research methods course should be included.
You can pick between a generic postgraduate diploma in health sciences or choose from one of our 14 specialisations on offer.
Generic Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences
One course from the approved research method courses list (15 points)
Advanced level courses covering various fields in health sciences, listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule (105 points)
Completed within one year if enrolled full-time or four years if enrolled part-time.
Where could this programme take you?
Many graduates continue to work within their health profession while others work in health-related fields, social services, or local or central government. 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. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.
Further study options
Master of Health Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy
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.
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.