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Advance your nursing or health science career


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 learners 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)

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:

Kathleen McCrory (Nursing) on 06 830 1405 or email 

For non-nurses contact:

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

Online / blended delivery

Our postgraduate courses are offered either online or with blended delivery. This means that the majority of the work is located on a virtual teaching and learning platform with directed activities and learning that you work through. Lecturers work within the virtual classroom setting so that they maintain contact with you.

Blended delivery means that there are contact sessions or workshops with the bulk of the learning activity undertaken in the online environment.

Various teaching modes are used, such as virtual classroom discussions at predetermined times, and also in the asynchronous format.

This flexible delivery method allows you to study at your pace, in your place, at locations throughout New Zealand.


Generally the courses are delivered online. However, some courses may require attendance at online sessions or face-to-face workshops. Any requirement for attendance at face-to-face sessions is identified in the course information.

Please click here to refer to the programme timetable, showing full year and semester dates, and compulsory study days or contact Stacey Wong, the Postgraduate Programmes Administrator on 06 830 1507 or

Each credit for the course represents 10 hours of learning/study time over the period of the course.

Each course consists of online learning opportunities and in some cases clinical field work and workshops. You are expected to spend time in independent/self-directed study, critical reflection, and field work in your place of study or place of work.

Work-integrated learning

Some courses will require you to be actively involved in clinical practice.

Your future career and study opportunities

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

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

Possible career outcomes include a role in:

  • Advanced nursing
  • Allied health
  • Research
  • Project management


Domestic enrolments

There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

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


International enrolments

Hawke’s Bay campus:

  • February
  • July

Auckland campus and online:

  • February
  • April
  • July
  • October


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

International entry requirements

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.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus

Tairāwhiti Campus

Auckland Campus


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.