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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Master of Health Science
MHlthSc

Qualification Regulations

Part I

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

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Degree of Master of Health Science requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) have been awarded or qualified for a relevant health related Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum B- grade average over the 200 and 300 level courses; or

(c) have been awarded or qualified for a relevant health related Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have extensive relevant professional experience; or

(d) have been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant health related discipline; or

(e) have been awarded or qualified for the Degree of Bachelor of Health Science with Honours.

2. Notwithstanding Regulation 1, candidates for the Nursing subject will be a registered nurse with a current Annual Practicing Certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

3. Notwithstanding Regulation 1, candidates for the Medical Laboratory Research subject will hold a current Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) for employment in the Scope of Practice of "Medical Laboratory Scientist" and have been practicing as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in an ISO15189 accredited NZ Diagnostic Medical Laboratory for at least one year.

4. Notwithstanding regulation 1(b), (c), (d) and (e) in order to be admitted to the Psychology subject, candidates must have been awarded or qualified for:

(a) a relevant health related Bachelor's degree having achieved at least a B grade average in the 300-level level courses, or equivalent; or

(b) a relevant health related Bachelor's degree and have extensive relevant professional experience; or

(c) a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant health related discipline or the Bachelor of Health Science with Honours, having achieved at least a B+ grade average, or equivalent.

Qualification Requirements

5. Candidates for the Degree of Master of Health Science shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of 700- and 800-level courses totalling at least 180 credits, comprising:

(a) Part One and Part Two as specified for the Qualification;

(b) completion of a subject;

and including

(c) any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and

(d) attending contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

6. Notwithstanding Regulation 5, candidates admitted under Regulation 1(d), (e) or 4 (c) may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

Specialisations

7. Candidates for the Degree of Master of Health Science must complete the requirements for one subject.

8. The requirements for each subject are set out in the Schedule for the Degree.

9. Subjects available are: Environmental Health, Māori Health, Psychology, Rehabilitation, Sport and Exercise, Bioscience, Medical Laboratory Research, Nursing, and Occupational Health and Safety.

Student Progression

10. For Professional pathway route, progression from Part One to Part Two, candidates must have achieved a minimum B- grade in the Part One Core course 168713.

11. For Research pathway route progression from Part One to Part Two, candidates must have achieved a minimum B grade in the Part One Core course, one of 168711, 179702, 150714, 175738.

12. Notwithstanding Regulation 10, for progression from Part One to Part Two of the Master of Health Science (Psychology – Professional pathway), candidates must have achieved a minimum B grade average over the Part One courses. 

13. Notwithstanding Regulation 11, for progression from Part One to Part Two of the Master of Health Science (Psychology – Thesis pathway), candidates must have achieved a minimum B+ grade average over the Part One courses. 

14. In cases of sufficient merit, the Degree of Master of Health Science will be awarded with distinction or merit.

Completion Requirements

15. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

16. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes. Candidates who do not meet the requirements for progression from Part One to Part Two, or who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of the Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science or the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Academic Progress

17. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

18. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled in the Māori Health subject prior to 1 January 2022, who are undertaking study in conjunction with the Professional Pathway may continue in the Professional Pathway by completing 168713 and 250816. For those students who have successfully completed 250817, this may be counted instead of 250816. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

19. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree candidates enrolled in the Nursing subject prior to 1 January 2022 who have successfully completed 168890 may substitute this for 250816. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

20. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree candidates enrolled in the Occupational Health and Safety subject prior to 1 January 2022 who are undertaking study in conjunction with the Professional Pathway and who have successfully completed 250817 may count this towards Professional Pathway requirements. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

21. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree candidates enrolled in the Sport and Exercise subject prior to 1 January 2022 who have successfully completed either 234860 or 234870 may substitute either of these for 250816. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2025. Candidates who have successfully completed 234897 and 234898 may count these towards the requirements of Part Two. Candidates who are part way through 234898 may complete this and count both 234897 and 234898 towards the requirements of Part Two. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

22. Subject to any Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree candidates enrolled in the Psychology subject prior to 1 January 2023 may satisfy the entry requirements as specified in regulation 4 (c) and the progression requirements as specified in regulation 10 (for professional pathway Psychology students) or regulation 11 (for Research/Thesis pathway Psychology students). These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2026.

23. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled in the Occupational Health and Safety subject prior to 1 January 2023 who have successfully completed 251773 may substitute this for 252702. Candidates who are undertaking study in conjunction with the Professional Pathway may continue in the Professional Pathway by completing 168713, and 250816 or 250817. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2026.

24. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled in the Bioscience subject prior to 1 January 2023 who have successfully completed 231730 and 231731 may substitute this for 231727; and candidates who have successfully completed 151716 may substitute this for 151704. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2026.

Schedule for the Master of Health Science

Part One

Core courses: Professional Pathway

168713 Evidence-Based Practice 30 credits

or (Psychology specialisation only)

175738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design 15 credits

Core courses: Research Pathway

168711 Health Research Design and Method 30 credits
R 168810, 168710

179702 Advanced Research Methods 30 credits

or (Māori Health specialisation only)

150714 Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies 30 credits

or (Psychology specialisation only)

175738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design 15 credits

Subjects

Bioscience (150 credits)

Compulsory course

214781 Advanced Topics in Health Science 30 credits

Subject courses

Research Pathway (No more than 60 credits from)

117709 Biometrics for the Animal and Nutritional Sciences 15 credits
R 151709

147704 Drugs and Society 30 credits

151704 Human Nutrition 15 credits

151717 Selected Topics in Public Health Nutrition 15 credits

168733 Physiology and Pathophysiology 30 credits

194732 Advanced Cell Physiology 30 credits

231727 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 30 credits
R 231730 and 231731

231732 Physical Activity Promotion 15 credits

231733 Big Public Health Issues 15 credits

250703 Health Communication 15 credits

252701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners 30 credits
R 252702

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

250810 Thesis 90 credits

250811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250813 Thesis 120 credits

250814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

250817 Research Report 60 credits

Environmental Health (150 credits)

No new enrolments

Compulsory course

231707 Environmental Health 30 credits

Subject courses

Professional Pathway (60 credits) or Research Pathway (No more than 30 credits)

214773 Advanced Topics in Water Quality 30 credits

214774 Advanced Topics in Sound and its Reception 30 credits

214777 Advanced Topics in Air Quality 30 credits

214781 Advanced Topics in Health Science 30 credits

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

214897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

214898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 214897

214899 Thesis 120 credits

250810 Thesis 90 credits

250811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250813 Thesis 120 credits

250814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

250816 Professional Project 60 credits

250817 Research Report 60 credits

Medical Laboratory Research (150 credits)

Compulsory course

214781 Advanced Topics in Health Science 30 credits

Subject courses

Research Pathway (No more than 60 credits from)

152742 Health Systems Management 30 credits
R 250742

152746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management 30 credits
R 250746

214781 Advanced Topics in Health Science 30 credits

231733 Big Public Health Issues 15 credits

250703 Health Communication 15 credits

252701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners 30 credits
R 252702

287745 Lean Six Sigma 30 credits
R 287731

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

250810 Thesis 90 credits

250811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250813 Thesis 120 credits

250814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

250817 Research Report 60 credits

Māori Health (150 credits)

Subject courses

Research Pathway (Between 30 and 90 credits from)

150701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30 credits

150702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement 30 credits

150799 Research Report (30) 30 credits

231704 Hauora Māori 30 credits

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

150816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

150817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 150816

150873 Research Report Māori Studies (60) 60 credits

150881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

150882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 150881

150883 Thesis 90 credits

150899 Thesis 120 credits

Nursing (150 credits)

Subject courses

Professional Pathway (90 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 30 and 90 credits)

150701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30 credits

152700 Organisation and Management 30 credits

152742 Health Systems Management 30 credits
R 250742

152743 Health Law and Policy 30 credits
R 250743

152746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management 30 credits
R 250746

168703 Managing Long Term Conditions 30 credits

168717 Applied Ethics for Professional Practice 30 credits

168721 Māori Centred Practice 30 credits

168724 Primary Health Care Nursing 30 credits

168731 Leadership in Nursing 30 credits

168733 Physiology and Pathophysiology 30 credits

168734 Clinical Pharmacology 30 credits

252701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners 30 credits
R 252702

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

250810 Thesis 90 credits

250811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250813 Thesis 120 credits

250814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

250817 Research Report 60 credits

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

250816 Professional Project 60 credits

Occupational Health and Safety (150 credits)

Compulsory course

251731 Advanced Occupational Health and Safety 30 credits

Subject courses (No more than 60 credits from)

251770 Health and Safety Auditing 30 credits

251772 Advanced Occupational Hygiene 30 credits

252702 Sleep, Fatigue Risk Management and Occupational Health and Safety 30 credits
R 252701

Part Two (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

250810 Thesis 90 credits

250811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250813 Thesis 120 credits

250814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

250817 Research Report 60 credits

Psychology (165 credits)

Subject courses

Professional Pathway (105 credits) or Research Pathway (45 credits)

168713 Evidence-Based Practice 30 credits

175718 Postmodernism and Psychology 15 credits

175719 Applied Criminal Psychology 15 credits

175720 Advanced Psychology of Women 15 credits

175721 Child and Family Therapy 15 credits

175722 Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology 15 credits

175725 Advanced Social Psychology 30 credits

175729 Psychology and Culture 15 credits

175730 Professional Practice in Psychology 15 credits

175732 Psychological Well-being in Organisations 15 credits

175733 Sustainable Livelihood 15 credits

175734 Child Clinical Neuropsychology 15 credits

175737 Occupational Psychology 15 credits

175739 Health Psychology: Understanding Health and Illness 15 credits

175740 Occupational Health Psychology 15 credits

175741 Psychological Assessment in Organisations 15 credits

175743 Health Psychology: The Social Context 15 credits

175744 Health Psychology: Promoting Health 15 credits

175746 Psychological Research: Quantitative Data Analysis 15 credits

175747 The Psychology of Sport and Exercise 15 credits

175748 The Psychology of Organisational Change 15 credits

175750 Qualitative Methods in Psychology 15 credits

175751 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 15 credits

175781 Understanding Mental Distress 15 credits

175782 Clinical Psychology Assessment 15 credits

175783 Clinical Psychology Interventions 15 credits

Part Two

Research Pathway (120 credits from)

175894 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

175896 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
P C 175894

175899 Thesis 120 credits

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

175873 Research Report Psychology (60) 60 credits

250816 Professional Project 60 credits

Rehabilitation (150 credits)

No new enrolments

Compulsory courses

147701 Rehabilitation Theory and Practice 30 credits

147703 Vocational and Rehabilitation Counselling 30 credits

Subject courses

Professional Pathway (30 credits from)

147704 Drugs and Society 30 credits

214781 Advanced Topics in Health Science 30 credits

231704 Hauora Māori 30 credits

231705 Pacific Health 30 credits

231732 Physical Activity Promotion 15 credits

231733 Big Public Health Issues 15 credits

Part Two

Research Pathway (90 credits from)

147816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

147817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 147816

250810 Thesis 90 credits

250811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

250816 Professional Project 60 credits

250817 Research Report 60 credits

Sport and Exercise (150 credits)

Compulsory course

234724 Research Seminar in Sport and Exercise 15 credits

Subject courses (15 credits from)

175747 The Psychology of Sport and Exercise 15 credits

231732 Physical Activity Promotion 15 credits

250703 Health Communication 15 credits

Professional Pathway (60 credits) or Research Pathway (no more than 60 credits)

234725 Athletic Conditioning 30 credits
R 234716

234726 Exercise and Sport Science 30 credits
R 234720, 234721, 234722, 234723

234727 Physical Activity for Compromised Health 30 credits
R 234717, 234718, 234719

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

250810 Thesis 90 credits

250811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250813 Thesis 120 credits

250814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

250817 Research Report 60 credits

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

250816 Professional Project 60 credits