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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


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.

Programme structure

Students wishing to complete the PGDipHSc in Advanced Nursing specialisation 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.

Stream 1: Advanced Nursing

Other courses approved by the Head of School of Nursing

Stream 2: Gerontology

Stream 3: Palliative Care

Stream 4: Mental Health

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.

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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