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MHSc
Master of Health Science

This programme is designed to prepare registered nurses for advanced clinical practice and is also focused on developing leadership potential in nurses and other health professionals.

Students who enroll in the Master of Health Science programme can choose from several specialty pathways including mental health, primary and rural healthcare, acute care, Māori health, older person health and rehabilitation. They also have significant flexibility to choose papers aligned to other areas of interest, like child health, cancer care, death and dying.

From clinical mentors to academic supervisors, Waikato is invested in helping you to set yourself a professional development pathway through postgraduate study. We combine Waikato’s high academic standards with real healthcare settings and our programmes are unique and customisable.

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.

Nurse Practitioner Pathway
Registered nurses who enrol in this Masters’ programme may also choose to pursue registration as a Nurse Practitioner. This is a professionally accredited pathways leading to eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand in addition to an academic qualification.

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Key information

Years: 2 years (full-time study)
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,416 - $9,039 per year
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Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Choose a major for the Master of Health Science

A major is a chosen subject or field of study to represent your principal interest and upon which a large share of your study efforts will be concentrated.

Degree Planner - Master of Health Science:

To complete a Master of Health Science (MHSc) students must complete 240 points at 500 level, including 210 points from the papers listed below. Students must include HLTSC581, HLTSC582, HLTSC583, or HLTSC508 and HLTSC509.


Nurse Practitioner pathway
For a MHSc, students should complete 240 points at 500 level, including HLTSC501, HLTSC502, HLTSC503, HLTSC507, HLTSC509, HLTSC510 and HLTSC511.

For information on the Education Pathway, Clinical Pathway, Māori, Pacific and Indigenous pathway, Leadership and Health Management pathway, Primary Care pathway, Mental Health pathway or Gerontology pathway please view the Health Sciences entry in the Catalogue of Papers.

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