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1 year, up to 4 years


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The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science is a 120 credit programme (one year full-time or up to four years part-time) that provides the opportunity for qualified nurses, health professionals and health service managers to develop 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. The programme requires a foundation of undergraduate knowledge and skills achieved through previous tertiary qualifications or equivalent professional experience.

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.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science offers two pathways, one for nurses and one for interdisciplinary health professionals. The Diploma offers a selection of online and blended courses designed to meet the needs of health practitioners and other professionals whose practice has a focus on health. The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science may be completed with or without a specialty option.

Nursing specialty endorsement options available are:

  • Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Registered Nurse Prescribing (approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand)

You may enrol directly into the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science or further develop knowledge and skills gained during study of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science.

As a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science you will have developed your knowledge and skills of critical analysis, constructive synthesis and their application to health care delivery.

Graduates of this programme may be able to credit these courses to the Master of Health Science programme. Registered nurse graduates may progress to the Master of Nursing Science or Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) programme (pending successfully achieving the specified academic and professional practice criteria).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Registered Nurse Prescribing) is approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as an advanced nursing practice programme.

We recommend that you take the opportunity to discuss your study options with the Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, prior to enrolment. This will help ensure that you select the most appropriate pathway to meet your career goals.

For nurses contact:

Lizzy Mackenzie (Nursing) on 06 830 1950 or email

For non-nurses contact:

Associate Professor Anita Jagroop-Dearing (Health Science) on 06 830 1535 or email

Your Future Career Opportunities

Possible career outcomes include a role in:

  • Advanced Nursing
  • Allied Health
  • Research
  • Project Management


Start dates vary depending on courses selected, however generally 30 credit courses are semesterised and commence in either February or July each year.


Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit

International Entry Requirements

Study Pathways

Pending successful completion of the required academic entry requirements you may have the following further study options:

  • Health Science students may pathway to the Master of Health Science.
  • Registered Nurse graduates may credit their programme of study/courses to the Master of Nursing Science programme or the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) programme.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. 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 | Te Pūkenga 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 | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.