Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma of Health Science (PGDipHSc)

  1. The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.


  1. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma must have
    1. qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Nursing of the University of Waikato or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent;
    2. demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Academic Board that they have adequate training, experience, and ability to proceed with the proposed programme, this would normally be demonstrated through being a practising health professional; and
    3. satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being taken for the Postgraduate Diploma.
  2. In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.

Requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma

  1. The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Postgraduate Diploma is one year.
  2. Candidates must enrol in the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science and follow an approved programme of study.
  3. Candidates must gain 120 points at 500 level or above.
  4. Candidates must gain at least 90 points from the subject of Health Science, including any compulsory papers, as prescribed in the Health Science entry of the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
  5. If a candidate fails a paper or papers (worth not more than 30 points in total), they may repeat the paper or papers or take an alternative paper or papers with the same total points on one occasion only. A candidate who fails a paper or papers worth more than 30 points in total will not be permitted to proceed with the Diploma.

Award of Honours

  1. The Postgraduate Diploma may be awarded with Distinction.


  1. The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.