Violence and Trauma

Violence and Trauma Studies: postgraduate qualifications and papers you can study

This page has the postgraduate violence and trauma papers and qualifications that you can study at AUT. Check the links to paper descriptions and outlines of each qualification.

Who can study Violence and Trauma Studies at postgraduate level?

  • This pathway within the Health Science programmes caters for a wide range of ‘people professionals’, for example, community agency workers, social workers, counsellors, group workers, psychotherapists, probation officers, refugee workers, the military, the police, marae and iwi agencies, prison workers, teachers, occupational therapists, peace workers, nurses, Civil Defence, ethnic health workers, and health promoters.  
  • The programme is also suitable for those working with trauma victims and in the areas of anger management, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health, disability, prison, refugee, and children’s programmes.
  • Students, provided they meet the entry requirements, can enter postgraduate programmes at the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or masters levels outlined below.
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About Postgraduate Violence and Trauma Studies

  • The aim of the programme is to provide professional vocational training to reduce damaging behaviour in our community. We are committed to solving problems around violence and trauma by acting to reduce violence and assist healing from trauma. 
  • The programme builds theory, awareness, and skills for working in chosen areas and solving problems of behaviour that reduces life potential. 
  • Students are expected to choose a particular issue to generate improved practice for themselves and others.
  • Papers are taught concurrently in two block courses, usually run in March and August each year:
    • March - COMH801 and COMH803
    • August - COMH801, COMH802 and COMH804

More information

  • Below is a summary only. Detailed information sheets for each paper can be downloaded or printed from the More Information web page.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies. (AK3484) 60 points

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies provides you with the opportunity to undertake an approved course of study to solve or improve a social problem of your chosen interest.

Advance your specialty discipline, knowledge and scholarly development. This programme may contribute 60 points towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science* in Violence and Trauma Studies, Master of Health Science or Master of Health Practice.

Students complete papers:

COMH 801 Theory and Principles of Violence and Trauma (30 points)
COMH 802 Effective Practice in Violence and Trauma (15 points)
COMH 803 Groups as agents of change (15 points)

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies (AK3487) 120 points

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies is a coursework programme which can lead into the Master of Health Science or Master of Health Practice.

It provides you with the opportunity to undertake an approved course of study to advance your specialty discipline, knowledge and scholarly development.

Students complete:

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies papers (60 points)

And select one professional paper:
HEAL812 Health Professional Practice (15 points)
HEAL813 Practice Reality (15 points)

And select one research paper:
HEAL840 Critical Enquiry for Evidence Based Practice (15 points)
HEAL811 Integrative Research (15 points)

Plus:
COMH 804 Resolving Conflict in Practice (15 points)
HEAL816 Special Topic (15 points)


Master of Health Practice in Violence and & Trauma Studies (AK3733) 180 points

Student complete:

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies papers (120 points)
Plus
HEAL997 Practice Project (Dissertation) (60 points)


Master of Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies(AK3485) 240 points

The MHSc provides an opportunity for graduates from a variety of backgrounds to advance their scholarly and professional knowledge in an interprofessional and collegial learning environment, and to develop research capabilities.

This degree comprises core and specialist papers and a thesis or dissertation, which gives you the opportunity to complete research relevant to your programme of study.

Students complete:

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies papers (120 points)
Plus
HEAL999 Thesis** (120 points)

Within this subject area other relevant optional papers may be undertaken with the approval of the Associate Dean Postgraduate. Optional papers may be selected from other relevant subject areas.

Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise. It comprises of papers and research development, which culminates in a thesis.


Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is undertaken by research only. There is no compulsory coursework involved. The PhD is an advanced postgraduate degree that is particularly suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career. A successful candidate will make a significant original contribution to the body of knowledge in relation to a contemporary issue in health and environmental research.

Students will have supervisors to guide and advise them, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.

What the symbols mean
Flexible learning options are available. This involves online, block course or distance learning (subject to change).
^ For non research-thesis pathway.
*A Postgraduate Certificate must be surrendered in order to claim full credits towards a Postgraduate Diploma. Please refer to AUT Calendar for further details regarding Recognition of Prior Learning.
** If completing a 120 point thesis, you need to have completed
either: Qualitative Research II OR Quantitative Research II. This can be negotiated
*** Unendorsed

Last updated: 30-Aug-2017 1.33pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.