Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

In as little as one year you can gain advanced knowledge and critical analysis skills in the field of health sciences with the AUT Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science.

Health professionals from all sectors can study health sciences at an advanced level through the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science. Flexible learning options are available in some courses to support you working and studying at the same time.

The programme can prepare you for further study at 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.

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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.

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 or sport and exercise physiotherapy, you can also choose to take some courses that focus on these areas.

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Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
North Campus
South Campus
15 Jul 2024
3 Mar 2025
21 Jul 2025

Key semester dates
$10,607 (for 120 points)
($9,461 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
$43,046 (for 120 points)
($41,900 tuition fees + $1146 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.