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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 1 year full-time; or up to 4 years part-time
  • Not available for international students
  • Part-time study only.

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Details you need to know about the structure, courses and requirements for this programme.

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Entry requirements

Admission is open to students who have completed a Bachelor of Health Science degree or an equivalent undergraduate qualification.

Students wishing to complete a psychology endorsement are required to have an undergraduate major in psychology.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


Not all endorsements are available at all campuses.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science structure

The programme comprises courses to a total value of 120 credits at 700-level, including compulsory courses for endorsements.

The PGDipHlthSc can be completed with or without an endorsement. The endorsement subjects are:

  • Bioscience
  • Environmental Health
  • Māori Health
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sport and Exercise
  • Without Specialisation

Please refer to the ‘regulations’ button to view the full range of courses available in this programme.

If this qualification is completed with sufficient merit within 1 year of full-time or 3 years of part-time study, it may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

Transitional Provisions

Students enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science prior to 1 January 2019 and who have taken at least 30 credits, may substitute courses at the same level.  This provision expires December 2020.

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

Majors or endorsements

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.

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.

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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