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Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc)

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) degree allows study at a postgraduate level across a range of health disciplines, and research experience (thesis, dissertation or project) in the student's area of specialisation.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
MHealSc

About this course

The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) degree allows study at a postgraduate level across a range of health disciplines, and research experience (thesis, dissertation or project) in the student's area of specialisation.

Normally before embarking upon study within the Master of Health Sciences programme, students would first complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) and/or a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc). Students are normally required to obtain a B average over their Postgraduate Diploma in order to be admitted to Masters study.

Entry requirements

  1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Programme Academic Co-ordinator (or nominee).
  2. Every applicant, except those falling under section 1(c), shall normally be required to satisfy all of the following:
    1. be a graduate in a health-related field or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study;
    2. have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences or equivalent with grades averaging B or better;
    3. have completed 30 points of research methods at NZQF Level 8 with a grade (or average grade if more than one paper is used to complete the 30 points) of B+ or better; and
    4. provide evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.
  3. Applicants for admission where non-standard research methods requirements apply (i.e. for the Bioethics endorsement, or where a NZQF Level 9 research methods paper is required in the Masters' programme, or where an exemption from a research methods requirement has been granted, or in other approved exceptional circumstances) shall normally be required to satisfy all of the following:
    1. be a graduate in a health-related field or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study;
    2. have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences or equivalent with grades averaging B+ or better; and
    3. provide evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

Note: Candidates who have not completed 30 points in research methods are advised to enrol in research methods paper(s) at the appropriate level for Certificate of Proficiency. Where the requisite grade is achieved and admission to the Master's programme is later granted, credit for the Certificate of Proficiency paper will normally be applied towards the Master's programme.

Study locations

Dunedin