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Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice is a 180-point, professionally focused, coursework-based master's degree.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
18 months full-time
Course Code
Domestic Fees
$12,878 per year / $19,317 total
International Fees
$39,000 per year / $58,500 total

About this course

The Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice is a 180-point, professionally focused, coursework-based master's degree. This degree will appeal to those already employed in the health sector or those wishing to enter health-related employment, with students examining a range of significant issues in health sciences, and looking to improve their professional practice as a result.

Students are taught by some world-leading researchers in Te Kura Matai Hauora | School of Health Sciences.

MHealScProfPr students may either follow a general programme, or focus on a specialisation and receive their qualification endorsed in one of several areas:

  • Environment and Health
  • Health and Community
  • Health Behaviour Change
  • Health Information Management
  • Nursing
  • Palliative Care

UC also offers a research-inclusive (240-point) Master of Health Sciences.

Entry requirements

There are a few pathways for entry available:

  • A previous relevant bachelor's degree, or appropriate health professional qualification, with good grades (normally a B Grade Point Average or better), and approval from the Dean of Education and Health Sciences. Note: some conditions may be waived by the Dean if you already have practical or professional experience in the field.
  • This Master's is an ideal extension for those who have studied or are currently studying the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences or Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.
  • Nursing and Health Sciences - UC offers a unique qualification combination in conjunction with Ara Institute of Canterbury (Ara) allowing graduates to gain two qualifications: a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice, in just two years. See Te Rangai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development website for more details.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Nursing endorsement students should check the Nursing webpage for instructions on how to apply.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful information:

  • Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
  • Te Ropu Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
  • For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
  • Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
  • Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.