Bachelor of Health Science

Study health sciences with us and we'll help you develop the skills to meet the changing needs of global healthcare. AUT is New Zealand's largest and most diverse health education provider.

Our population is growing and we’re living longer, increasing the need for dedicated and inspirational healthcare graduates. AUT's health sciences degree is developed with input from district health boards and leading health organisations. You can specialise in a specific health discipline or become a health professional in a non-clinical role.

You learn from staff who are leaders in their field and have a genuine desire to see you succeed. This means you’ll be well prepared for your career in the health sector, no matter where you go.

Start date: 2019

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

Counselling:

  • Must be capable of meeting Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) including police clearance. Interview may be required.

Paramedicine:

  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) including police clearance.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s licence.
  • Applicants with English as a second or other language who have not completed at least three years of secondary schooling in NZ will be required to meet IELTS requirements.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • Paramedicine: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.5 or higher; or equivalent.
  • Other majors: IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent.

English language requirements

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with our Certificate in Sport and Recreation, which includes foundation health papers and can prepare you for further study in health sciences.

Certificate in Sport and Recreation

Majors you can study in the Bachelor of Health Science

Tailor the degree to your interests

You can also study the Bachelor of Health Science without choosing a major, a great way to tailor the degree to your interests and prepare yourself for a wide range of non-clinical careers.

Many careers in today’s health sector require skills from both health and other disciplines. These roles – which don’t always involve direct contact with patients – include health education, management, information and planning, and health advocacy.  

If you study the Bachelor of Health Science without a major you’ll be well-prepared for this wide range of roles.

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

Add an additional major or a minor to your bachelor’s degree and study another area that interests you. You can choose from a wide range of additional majors or minors.

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

You can either select one of the majors in the Bachelor of Health Science (refer to the ‘Majors’ tab on the left), or complete the degree without choosing a major.

If you don’t select a major, you study the standard pathway in the Bachelor of Health Science and can choose from a wide range of papers, including papers from many other AUT degrees. This is a very flexible study option and a good way to tailor your studies to your interests and career goals.

As part of your degree you can include one or two minors from subjects across AUT, or develop skills in subjects like medical interpreting and translation, health administration or health advocacy.

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

Semester 2 papers

You're introduced to the available pathways and minor options in Semester 2.

Years 2 and 3

The following years of study will depend on your interests and career goals. You can choose from papers from the Bachelor of Health Science and other AUT degrees.

Compulsory papers include

*Or two level 7 papers

You also need to complete

  • Four additional health science papers
  • 10 elective papers of your interest

Papers need to be approved by your programme leader.

Include a minor in your degree

You can include one or two minors as part of your degree. You can choose from a range of minors across AUT - from education, business and health promotion, to history, New Zealand Sign Language and human resource management. Your minor(s) will be listed on your academic transcript when you graduate.

Additional minors for bachelor’s degrees

Subject pathways

To help you market yourself to future employers, you can also include papers in the following subject pathways to help you structure your degree and create an area of strength for your future career. This is entirely optional. We recommend you choose at least four papers from your chosen subject(s).

Te ara hauora Māori health papers

There’s a growing need for health professionals to work with Māori. That’s why you can include Māori health papers as part of your study and develop the skills to work more effectively with Māori, an essential skill in the diverse health sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Through these papers you gain access to Māori networks and become comfortable working with whānau and Māori communities. We encourage all students to include at least one Māori health paper. You don’t need to know te reo to enrol in the Māori health papers.

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3680
Level:
7
Points:
360
Duration:
3 years full-time / part-time available
Campus:
North Campus
South Campus
Starts:

15 Jul 2019

24 Feb 2020

13 Jul 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$6,580 - $6,795 ($6,580 - $7,335 for Paramedicine only)
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee range based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. Exact fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • Check if you're eligible for fees-free study
International
$32,850 ($36,370 for Paramedicine only)
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact fees will depend on papers selected and may vary from the figure stated.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019 the fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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