Mental Health and Addictions - Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Want to gain advanced knowledge and critical analysis skills in mental health and addictions in as little as one year? Study the AUT Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science.

You explore evidence and theories related to mental health and addictions recovery and rehabilitation, as well as strategies to support change in the lives of individuals and the wider service systems.

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.


This is part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science.

Start date: 2019

Start date: 2020

You need a total of 120 points to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Mental Health and Addictions qualification.

Complete the following paper

And select 60 points from

And select 15 points from

And select 15 points from

And 15 points from a relevant postgraduate paper (with approval)

* Students who want to be considered for DAPAANZ registration need to complete MENH804 and MENH805 and have an applied health or social sciences degree.

Practice as a health professional in New Zealand is governed by legislation and a number of ‘Responsible Authorities’ (such as the 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.

Key features
  • Equips health professionals for advanced practice in mental health and addictions
  • Covers a range of evidence and theories related to mental health and addictions recovery and rehabilitation
  • Open to all qualified health professionals
  • Flexible study options, including on-campus block courses and online learning

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