Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent AND
  • New Zealand Nursing Council registration or equivalent.

Full details can be viewed on the regulation tab.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

A student who has been awarded the Massey University Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing or its equivalent from another tertiary institution within the past ten years may apply to credit up to 60 credits to the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing.

NZ Nursing council requires that if your qualification is from an overseas institution (other than Australia), you will need to have it authenticated and assessed by NZQA before credit can be awarded. A student who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing but has not been awarded the Certificate may, on transferring to the course of the Postgraduate diploma in Nursing, transfer the courses completed under the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing. In such cases, the course regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing shall be deemed to apply as from the date of their initial enrolment in the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing.

Planning your programme

Students who complete within one year of first enrolling for full-time study or within three years of first enrolling for part-time study may be eligible for Distinction/Merit.

Students who are planning to progress to the Master of Nursing programme should not apply to graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing; courses completed will transfer to the Master of Nursing


Postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered in 'block mode' with face-to-face teaching in on-campus blocks, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This makes the courses available to students in employment and located at a distance from the university.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing structure

Courses to the value of 120 credits taken at 700 level from the programme schedule shown below.

The Diploma is awarded without an endorsement.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

A) At least one of the courses listed below (30 credits):

168.713 Evidence Based Practice
168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology

B) up to 90 credits from the elective courses listed below:

152.742 Health Systems Management
152.746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management
168.703 Managing Lifelong Conditions
168.709 Contemporary Trends in Clinical Teaching and Learning
168.712 Pain Management
168.714 Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health
168.717 Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Professional Practice
168.719 Clinical Specialty: Older Persons' Health
168.720 Clinical Specialty: Mental Health
168.721 Maori Centred Practice
168.722 Wound Management
168.724 Primary Health Care Nursing
168.728 Clinical Assessment and Decision-Making (Pre/co-requisite course 168.733)
168.731 Leadership in Nursing
168.734 Clinical Pharmacology (pre-requisite course 168.733)
168.750 Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum * (pre-requisite 168.733 and minimum B grade in pre-requisite courses 168.728 and 168.734 required)
252.701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health
128.706 Micro-macro Ergonomics

*168.750 Nursing Council requires you to have completed three years’ equivalent full time practice in the area of practice being prescribed in.

You may need to upload a revised CV ensuring your practice areas are fully detailed, before you will be approved into this course.

Note: not all papers are available in each semester.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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