Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science fulfils today's industry needs, enabling health professionals to pursue research that is directly relevant to their workplace. AUT is the only university in New Zealand to offer the Doctor of Health Science.

The Doctor of Health Science is designed to challenge. You explore a specialist area of interest, contribute to the body of knowledge in your field, and advance your career prospects. This degree is an innovative combination of taught papers and a research project investigating your own field of professional practice.

A distinguishing feature of this doctoral degree is the clear focus on practice and on research that can inform professional practice. Students are encouraged to build collaborative relationships with health system managers, policy makers and practice experts while going through the planning, enacting and dissemination phases of their research project.

Start date: 2019

Applications are welcome at all times during the year.

Acceptance is subject to the availability of staff for supervision, prior research preparation and appropriate facilities.

Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed the following in a specialisation appropriate to the proposed research:

  • Master’s degree with honours OR
  • Bachelor’s degree with honours (equivalent to 4 years of study)

The degree must have a standard equivalent to first class or second class (first division) honours.

The degree should include advanced learning in research, execution of a research project and a written report on the research.

AND

A minimum of five years’ professional experience in the specific area of study

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing and no band less than 6.0

English language requirements

How to apply for the Doctor of Health Science

  1. It is expected that a candidate will meet with the Programme Leader liz.smythe@aut.ac.nz about suitability of the programme and to organise an advisor
  2. Apply to gain entry to the programme and provide a current CV and transcripts, showing evidence of postgraduate qualifications and research capability (eg publications). This will be assessed to ascertain eligibility for entry to this doctoral programme
  3. Link with your advisor to work on and gain approval of your research proposal
  4. Once the research proposal, qualifications and practice experience have been approved by the faculty, this will be sent to the Graduate Research School for approval and to issue an Offer of Place.

Preparing a research proposal

The three papers in the Doctor of Health Science are designed to help you prepare the research proposal for your thesis. For admission we simply require an idea of your likely area of interest, and leanings towards which research approach. This enables us to link you with a suitable advisor. Students within the Doctor of Health Science often change and refine their thinking once in the programme.

PGR2: Admission to a doctoral programme

Information we require to assess your application

We require the following information:

  • Faculty and/or field you wish to conduct your study in
  • Academic transcripts
  • Grading scale for postgraduate qualification
  • Degree certificates (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Title of the thesis/dissertation/research project
  • 1-2 page document (maximum) outlining your proposed research project
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • If English is not your first language you need to provide evidence of English language proficiency – IELTS (Academic) test results or recognised equivalent. If your postgraduate study was completed in English within 3 years, this may be waived
  • Evidence of a minimum of five years’ professional experience in your specific area of research

International applicants enrolled in Doctor of Health Science are not eligible for domestic tuition fees, international tuition fees will apply.

Once the required information is received, we will forward your enquiry to the relevant faculty who will communicate to you about the outcome of your application, possible research areas and supervisors.

The Doctor of Health Science is a combination of 120 points from papers and a research thesis of 240 points.

You provide a full research proposal when you're close to completing the coursework papers, before you start the thesis paper.

Papers you need to complete

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Doctor of Health Science are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3664
Level:
10
Points:
360
Duration:
3.5 years full time, part-time available
Campus:
North Campus
Starts:

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

Fees:
Domestic
$6,750
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition 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
$36,950
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition 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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