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.
AUT's academic supervisors are recognised world-class researchers who have the expert knowledge in their fields to guide you throughout your studies.
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.
Must have completed the following in a specialisation appropriate to the proposed research:
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.
A minimum of five years’ professional experience in the specific area of study
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
We require the following information:
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.
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.
You provide a full research proposal when you're close to completing the coursework papers, before you start the thesis paper.
Practice as a health professional in New Zealand is governed by legislation and a number of ‘Responsible Authorities’ (such as the NZ Psychologist Board, Physiotherapy Board and the Nursing Council who register practitioners). Overseas qualified health professionals who wish to practise in New Zealand should communicate directly with the relevant Responsible Authority. Qualifications recognised for professional registration at AUT are undergraduate; study at postgraduate level is not considered equivalent recognition for NZ Board certification.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.