Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

Develop advanced knowledge and critical analysis skills in the field of health sciences in as little as one semester with the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science.

Health professionals from all sectors can study health sciences at an advanced level through the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science.

The programme can prepare you for further study at postgraduate diploma or master’s level. It's a great postgraduate study option if you have been out of study for some time, or are unsure if postgraduate study is for you. You'll be surprised at the flexible learning options that AUT offers.

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Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed the following or equivalent:

  • Bachelor of Health Science; OR
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Science; OR
  • Relevant professional practice or experience in a related health field equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

  • Provide evidence of current professional practice. Some courses are only open to students with current professional practice registration.
  • May be required to meet Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) and Children's Act 2014 requirements and other relevant legislation

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0

English language requirements

Offered at the City and the South Campus

*May also be offered via distance learning.

Offered at the North Campus

Offered at the South Campus

**Midwifery is not available in 2024.

You can also complete this programme without a specialisation (standard pathway).

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.

Standard pathway in the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

You can also choose to complete this programme without a specialisation and choose from a wide range of health sciences courses.

If you're specifically interested in occupational health, you can also choose to take some courses that focus on this area.

Brett Crossan
Jacinta Horan
Neil Tucker
Quick facts
Programme code:
0.5 years full-time / part-time available
North Campus
South Campus
15 Jul 2024
3 Mar 2025
21 Jul 2025

Key semester dates
$5,303 - $5,557 (for 60 points)
($4,730 - $4,984 tuition fees + $5 73 student services levy)
$21,573 (for 60 points)
($21,000 tuition fees + $573 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • 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.

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