health nursing and sport

Master of Health Science

Masters Degree MHSc
health nursing and sport

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.

240 points, 2 years


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Why study a MHSc?

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 the Master of Health Science may choose to pursue registration as a Nurse Practitioner. This is a professionally accredited pathway leading to eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand in addition to an academic qualification.

240 points, 2 years


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

Subjects Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships

Degree planner — Master of Health Science

To complete a Master of Health Science (MHSc) students must complete 240 points at 500 level.

Students must include one of:

Nurse Practitioner pathway

Students undertaking the Nurse Practitioner pathway are not required to complete a dissertation or thesis and should instead complete the following papers: HLTSC501, HLTSC502 , HLTSC503, HLTSC507, HLTSC509, HLTSC510 and HLTSC511.

For information on the below recommended study pathways please view the Health Sciences entry in the Catalogue of Papers:

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

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships.

Contact us

Prior to finalising your programme of study, you are advised to meet with one of our experienced staff to plan your own individualised learning plan. Please contact our Postgraduate Coordinator for more information.

Postgraduate Coordinator