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Master of Health Science


Excel in the growing health industry

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Credits

  • 180
  • Duration

  • 1.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • Other

  • Not all courses available in any one year/at all campuses.

Through advanced studies in a specialised focus subject, the Master of Health Science offers you an opportunity to pursue research in health sciences.

If you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with a health focus such as a Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise, or any other health-related qualification, then you may wish to consider the Master of Health Science.

If you want to undertake postgraduate study in health science, you’ll need to obtain permission from the Programme Director of postgraduate health science. Enquire to find out more.

Careers and further study


This is a great programme that will help you progress to an exciting and rewarding career. You could work in any of the following, depending on your subject area:

  • athlete strength and conditioning
  • biosecurity
  • careers in quality assurance
  • clinical exercise prescription consultant
  • consultancy and advisory positions
  • corporate health and fitness
  • disaster and emergency management
  • drinking water assessment
  • environmental and health consultancy and auditing
  • exercise for elderly care homes
  • fitness centres
  • food safety consultancy and auditing
  • health and environmental safety in commercial and non-governmental organizations
  • health promotion
  • health protection
  • iwi authorities
  • local and central government (environment health officer, health protection officer, policy and advisory roles)
  • management of hazardous substances and toxic chemicals
  • medical centres and hospitals
  • physiotherapy clinics
  • prison service
  • public health positions
  • rehabilitation and disability studies
  • research
  • secondary school teaching
  • sports teams and national sporting bodies
  • waste and water quality management.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


Master of Health Science(180 credits)

To enter the Master of Health Science 180 credit programme you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a relevant health-related bachelor’s degree with a minimum B- grade average over the 200/300 level courses OR
  • a relevant health-related bachelor’s degree and extensive professional experience.

Master of Health Science (120 credits)

To enter the Master of Health Science 120 credit programme you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant health-related discipline OR
  • a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) degree.
Specific subject requirements for nursing, psychology and medical laboratory science subjects
  • To enter the Master of Health Science (Nursing) programme you will be a registered nurse with a practising certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  • To enter the Master of Health Science (Psychology) subject you will have completed a bachelor’s degree with a psychology major or equivalent.
  • To enter the Master of Health Science (Medical Laboratory Science) you 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.

You must provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

180 credits

From the Schedule to the Degree including:

  • Completion of Parts One and Two
  • Compulsory courses
  • Completion of a subject

A specialisation (subject) is compulsory. Subjects require 150 credits (except psychology which requires 165 credits).

Subjects include a:

  • A 60-credit professional project or research report (Professional pathway); or
  • A 90 or 120 credit thesis (Research pathway).

Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements may be able to complete this degree in 120 credits.

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

Attend contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

There are regulations around completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this programme

Part One

Core courses: Professional Pathway

168713 Evidence-Based Practice 30

Core courses: Research Pathway

168711 Health Research Design and Method 30
179702 Advanced Research Methods 30
or (Māori Health specialisation only)
150714 Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies 30
or (Psychology specialisation only - Research and Professional Pathway)
175738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design 15


Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Majors and minors

About specialisations

A subject is compulsory. Subjects require 150 credits, except for psychology which requires 165 credits.

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Depending on the subject undertaken, courses may be offered in a combination of internal offerings (on-campus), distance offerings, block courses and blended learning.

The Master of Health Science is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.  You can choose a research pathway or a professional pathway (most subjects).

Professional pathway: For the professional pathway progression from Part One to Part Two, you must have achieved a minimum B- grade in the Part One Core course 168.713.

Research pathway: For the research pathway progression from Part One to Part Two, you must have achieved a minimum B grade in the Part One Core course, one of 168.711, 179.702, 150.714, 175.738.

Part One of the 180 credit programme consists of a compulsory 30 credit core course or a research methodology course specific to your subject area.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.

A good fit if you:

  • are passionate about health sciences and building on your knowledge at a higher level
  • strive to make a major contribution to peoples health and wellbeing
  • have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant health-related area.

Meet our students

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships