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Postgraduate Diploma of Health Science

Postgraduate Diploma PGDipHSc
health nursing and sport

By studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science, you will gain a pathway into advanced clinical practice or leadership and management roles.

120 points, 1 year


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Why study a PGDipHSc?

Papers offered in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences provide a specific focus on equity in health care for Māori, Pacific, mental health and addiction, primary and community health.

Combining Waikato’s high academic standards with real healthcare settings, our programmes are unique and customisable. They have been developed to allow health professionals to better meet the needs of the people in the Midlands region.

Māori and Pasifika nurses are also able to undertake study that supports and develops their clinical and cultural practice and leadership development using indigenous worldviews.

120 points, 1 year


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

Subjects Plan your study Fees and scholarships


There are a number of different pathways you can select that will help to inform which papers you will take as part of your Postgraduate Diploma. The pathways allow flexibility in choosing courses which reflect your career development and aspirations:

  • Clinical Pathway
  • Education Pathway
  • Gerontology pathway
  • Leadership and Health Management pathway
  • Māori, Pacific and Indigenous pathway
  • Mental Health pathway
  • Primary Care pathway
  • Registered Nurse Prescriber pathway

All postgraduate programmes in health science can be taken part time or full time and we will work with you closely to make sure your programme of study is achievable alongside your other commitments, personal and work.

Registered Nurse Prescribing Pathway

Registered Nurses can apply for the PGDip Health Science Registered Nurse Prescribing pathway. Students will complete specific papers and a prescribing practicum (HLTSC508). On successful completion they will have the opportunity to gain endorsement as registered nurse prescribers from the Nursing Council NZ (NCNZ). In order to undertake this programme you will need to meet NCNZ criteria and have support from your employer.

Contact us

International Enquiries

Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Division of Health

Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, Sixth Floor, TT Block, Gate 4, Hillcrest Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton, New Zealand

Postgraduate Coordinator