Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science – PGDipHlthSc

With a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science from Massey, you’ll get the skills you need to succeed in the growing health industry.

Type of qualification

Postgraduate diploma

Level of study

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.

NZQF level 8

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

Find out more about NZQF levels

Time to complete

1 year(s) full-time (120 credits)
Up to 4 years part-time
Part-time available

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Not open to international students

Study a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science – PGDipHlthSc

Note: This qualification is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.

If you have a health-related bachelor’s degree and want to take your studies to the next level, the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science is for you. It is the only postgraduate qualification of its kind in New Zealand that allows you to study both the sciences and the social sciences.

The health industry needs you

There is a growing need for people to understand and be part of improving our health and wellbeing needs in today’s health industry. Massey’s PGDipHlthSc will give you the skills you need to succeed.

This programme’s applied and multi-disciplinary approach will help you build your career in any of New Zealand’s major health sectors.

Improve the nation’s health

You’ll get an understanding of the many dimensions of personal health and health care in New Zealand. You’ll learn to critically evaluate information about personal health and wellbeing and community and population health. With a solid grounding in health science, you’ll be perfectly placed to contribute to our nation’s health from day one in the workplace.

A PGDipHlthSc is 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.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science you will have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Health Science degree or an equivalent qualification.

Note the following specialisations (endorsements) have additional requirements:

  • For the Psychology endorsement you will have been awarded or qualified for an undergraduate major in Psychology with at leat a B- grade average in the 300-level Psychology courses
  • For the Medical Laboratory Science endorsement you will have been awarded or qualified for an undergraduate major in Science and there are some additional specific requirements.

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

English language requirements

To study this qualification 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:

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

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 qualification 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. 

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

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

Structure of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

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

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

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Courses
Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Credits
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Specialisations
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

120 credits

Endorsement option

  • Courses from one Endorsement – 120 credits

No endorsement option

  • Courses from the Schedule – 120 credits

Course planning key

Prerequisites
Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Endorsements

Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

The PGDipHlthSc can be completed with or without a specialisation (endorsement). Some endorsements are part-time study only.

Fees and scholarships

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?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

This is a great qualification to find an exciting and rewarding career. You could work in any of the following, depending on your subject area:

  • athlete strength and conditioning
  • careers in quality assurance
  • clinical exercise prescription consultant
  • consultancy and advisory positions
  • corporate health and fitness
  • exercise for elderly care homes
  • fitness centres
  • iwi authorities
  • medical centres and hospitals
  • on track for medical laboratory scientist
  • prison service
  • public health positions
  • research
  • sports teams and national sporting bodies
  • on track for further advanced research study
  • research assistant; research associate.