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Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Courses have compulsory contact workshops
  • 1 year full-time; or up to 4 years part-time
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

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

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 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.


Several postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered via ‘distance or block mode’ with compulsory face-to-face teaching in on-campus contact workshops, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This is designed to make 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 course schedule including one of the compulsory courses 168.711, 168.713 or 168.733.

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


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

168.711 Health Research Design and Method
168.713 Evidence Based Practice
168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology
Plus 90 credits selected from courses listed on the course schedule.


  • Admission criteria for course 168.750 Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum: In order to be admitted to this course, students must have completed course 168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology and also achieved at least a B grade in courses 168.728 Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making and 168.734 Clinical Pharmacology.
  • 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.

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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