Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


1 year, up to 4 years


Level 8

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This diploma is a one year full-time, or up to four years part-time, interdisciplinary programme providing qualified health professionals and health service managers with advanced practice knowledge and critical analysis skills.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science is characterised by advanced study in a specific nursing or health science discipline, requiring a foundation of undergraduate knowledge and skills achieved through previous tertiary qualifications or equivalent professional experience.

You can enrol directly into this diploma or use it to further develop the knowledge and skills you gained while studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science. Upon graduation from this diploma you can choose to progress onto one of EIT’s masters programmes.

International students have the option of undertaking this programme at the Auckland campus. For more information about the Auckland campus offering, please download the information sheet here.


Programme Outline

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Future career pathways could include:

  • Advanced professional practice within your specified discipline/endorsement area
  • Health Service Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Primary Health Care


Start dates vary depending on courses selected. Courses commence in February and July.



International entry requirements

Study Pathways

Interdisciplinary graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science may apply to progress on to the EIT Master of Health Science programme, and registered nurse graduates may apply to progress on to the EIT Master of Nursing programme.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science is approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as an “advanced nursing practice programme”.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.