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Master of Health Science
Master of Health Science

Master of Health Science

  • ID:CPIT640150
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in a health science/health discipline with a B average or better;
    • or B average or better in a Bachelor Honours degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in a health field (120 credits at level 8)
  • If you do not meet the Academic entry criteria above, you may be admitted to the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science, and upon successful completion of two courses (B average) from the list of approved courses for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science, gain admission to the Master of Health Science.


    • provide evidence of having completed a relevant professional qualification; and
    • provide evidence of successful completion of a relevant qualification or programme of study which is equivalent to those of first degree graduates, through the submission of a portfolio of evidence.
  • Interview - Applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview.

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 6.0 academic: speaking 6.0, reading 6.0, writing 6.0, listening 6.0.

Course Information

Extend your expertise in health science and expand your career opportunities.

If you have a degree in nursing or a health-related area and you'd like to extend your knowledge and skills for advanced practice in the health sector, this programme will build on your specialist knowledge, enabling you to progress to management positions or enter into health teaching in your area of practice.

The Master of Health Science programme is tailored for health managers and health practitioners, specifically those working for DHBs, PHOs, the fitness industry and sports organisations, as well as social workers, community care workers and allied health practitioners.

You will expand your knowledge within an inter-disciplinary learning environment and develop skills in critical analysis, constructive synthesis, and advanced practice and research within your chosen discipline area. An option for this programme is the completion of a 30 credit scholarly project or a 90 credit thesis. This provides the opportunity for you to critically examine philosophical, methodological and ethical issues that underpin research and establish a sound foundation for developing knowledge and understanding of the nature and application of research.

To achieve this degree you need to complete 180 credits within three years, including 60 credits at Level 9. This can be done by completing seven of the available courses within three years, or a blend of courses together with a thesis or scholarly project totalling 180 credits.

* This programme includes compulsory two-day onsite workshops at the City campus for some courses.

^ Please note that not all courses are offered in both semesters, and that some courses are prerequisites for others.

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Pathway Courses

  • This can pathway to higher level qualifications including doctoral research.
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

This qualification will enable you to build on your specialist knowledge or progress to management positions within the health sector. It also provides an entry into health teaching in your area of practice.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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