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Take your study to the next level and increase your knowledge and understanding of your chosen discipline and the health service environment with the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health.

Gain advanced knowledge of complex health care systems and develop the theoretical and practical skills you need to become a leader in your workplace. You can also complete these programmes with a specialisation in Midwifery practice.

To qualify for entry you'll need a Bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline and professional working experience in the health care sector. The path you take will depend on your previous academic achievements and your professional goals.


As a guide, for each 30-point course you take at the Graduate School, you should allocate around 10 hours per point for self-directed study, research, assessments and attendance at Schools.

If you’re studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40 hours of study time a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing one course per trimester will need to allocate approximately 20 hours of study a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full time.

How you'll study

You'll learn through a blend of research, classwork and clinical experience. Our academic team will support and work with you throughout your study, face-to-face and through internet-based technology.

Each course is made up of several ‘block schools’, with each block held over one to four days. They're a mix of lectures, tutorials and small group activities that give you time to study and access to staff for advice and guidance.

Held at Wellington Regional Hospital, the block schools are a great opportunity for you to network with your peers and other health care experts—to share ideas and strategies for learning, identify areas for change and assess your progress.

By coursework or by thesis?

The Master of Health Care has two study options to choose from. You can complete your Master’s through coursework and a practice project or after completion of part 1 (the PGDipHC) coursework you can choose to carry out a 90-point research thesis. Contact the Graduate School to discuss your options.

Study while you work

Our full-time and part-time courses are designed to make it easy for you to learn while you're working. We are happy to provide advice on how to integrate academic life with work and family commitments. The distance component supported by the online learning platform, Blackboard, forms part of your courses and supports the development of the content delivered in the Schools.

Further study

Choose the study that suits you best—from postgraduate certificates and diplomas to Master's programmes and PhDs. You'll get one-on-one support to help you design your own personal course of study.

Our programmes are designed with a ‘building block’ approach, as each qualification can lead on to the next one. Both certificates and diplomas are stand-alone qualifications but may also contribute towards a higher degree. Should you decide to proceed further with your study we will support you every step of the way.




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