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Designed for registered nurses, these programmes will develop your knowledge, skills and professional confidence to integrate theory, practice and research to improve your nursing care and patient outcomes. Read more

Designed for registered nurses, these programmes will develop your knowledge, skills and professional confidence to integrate theory, practice and research to improve your nursing care and patient outcomes.

Responsive to current demands of practice, our courses will give you a deeper understanding of pathophysiological concepts and current nursing practice issues.

Develop your ability to carry out advanced assessments on patients to improve your clinical reasoning. Enhance your skills in locating, analysing, evaluating and applying information and research to your everyday work.

To study these programmes at the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health you must be a registered nurse with a current practising certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand. You also need a Bachelor's degree from a New Zealand tertiary institution.

The level at which you study will depend on your previous academic achievements and chosen professional direction.

Workload

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

Through a blend of research, class work and clinical experience, our academic team will support and work with you throughout your study, both face-to-face and through internet-based technology. You'll study a combination of core and elective courses, with both coursework and thesis-based research options at Master’s level.

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 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.

Study while you work

Our part-time programme options make it easy for you to learn while you're working. We'll help you integrate academic life with work and family through our flexible delivery models that allow you to learn at home or on campus.

The distance component supported by Blackboard forms part of your courses and supports the development of the content delivered in the School.

Master of Nursing Science

The Master of Nursing Science is made up of two parts. In Part 1, you’ll gain an understanding of applied pathophysiology and develop advanced assessment and clinical reasoning skills. You’ll complete two further courses from an approved range, in an area of specialist practice or other focus of your choice.

After completing Part 1 and with the permission of the head of school, you can begin Part 2 with either a coursework or research focus.

If you choose to focus on coursework, you’ll complete a research review, practice project and further taught courses.

With a research focus, you’ll complete a research methods course and undertake your thesis—an advanced research project that contributes to nursing knowledge.

Nurse prescribing and nurse practitioner pathways

There are also two optional pathways within the Nursing Science programme: the nurse prescribing pathway or the nurse practitioner pathway.

Nurse prescribing pathway

The nurse prescribing pathway gives you the skill set needed for a prescribing role in your practice. You’ll take a set of four core courses including clinical pharmacology and conclude with a Nurse Prescribing practicum (HLTH 529) which will help you prepare for the Nursing Council of New Zealand registration process.

The entry requirement into HLTH 529 is at least a B grade for all prerequisite courses.

The Nursing Council of New Zealand requires that the nurse:

  • be a registered nurse with a current NCNZ practicing certificate
  • have at least three years equivalent full time practice in the clinical area intending to prescribe in, with one year of this in New Zealand
  • work within a multidisciplinary team
  • have the support of a clinical mentor who is a designated authorised prescriber and has experience mentoring
  • have the support from their employer to complete this course and support for ongoing professional development
  • identify a clinical area of practice and have up to date clinical knowledge relevant to this area of practice.

See the NCNZ website or contact the programme director for more information.

Nurse practitioner pathway

The nurse practitioner pathway has a distinctive structure within the Master of Nursing Science and gives you the knowledge and skills of an advanced health professional.

You will need to complete six core courses and two pre-approved elective courses. Your elective courses must support your development as a nurse practitioner and need to be approved by the programme director.

At least a B grade for all prerequisite courses is required in order to progress to the Nurse Practitioner Practicum (HLTH 531).

The Master of Nursing Science qualification meets the Nursing Council of New Zealand stipulated requirements for Nurse Practitioners.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science

You can complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science on its own, but after graduating you may wish to apply for admission to the Master of Nursing Science programme. Your postgraduate diploma can be credited towards the Master’s, with exemptions given for the courses you have already completed.

The nurse prescribing pathway can also be completed as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science.

Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Science

You can complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Science on its own, but after graduating you may wish to apply for admission to the Master of Nursing Science or Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science programme. Your postgraduate certificate can be credited towards either programme, with exemptions given for the courses you have already completed.



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Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to delve deeper into your discipline with the . Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health. Read more

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to delve deeper into your discipline with the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health. If you're a health care practitioner looking at developing a career in health research, this Master's research programme is for you.

Choose a research project in a health-related discipline that fits with the research expertise and profile of the School. The Master of Health Research can also be awarded with a specialisation in Nursing or Midwifery.

You'll focus on the practice of research and theory development in relation to health care and health outcomes. Your thesis report should demonstrate the generation and synthesis of knowledge and make a meaningful scholarly contribution to your area of interest.

To qualify for entry you'll need a Bachelor's degree with Honours or postgraduate qualification in a health-related discipline and significant relevant professional experience.

If you are applying to enrol in a specialisation (Nursing or Midwifery), you will also need professional registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand or Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

Workload

If you're studying full time, you can expect a workload of about 40 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20 hours of study a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full time.

Completion usually takes a year through full-time study and up to two years through part-time study.

How you'll study

You'll receive research guidance from an academic supervisor while you plan and implement your study. Our supervisors have expertise in a range of topic areas and research methods and they'll support you throughout your studies.

Meet and network with other Master’s and PhD students at our twice-yearly ‘research schools’. These are unique opportunities for you to discuss research issues and work with your peers and academic staff—as well as national and international visiting academics.

Study while you work

We'll make it easy for you to learn while you're working, helping you integrate academic life with work and family through our flexible delivery models that allow you to learn at home or on campus.



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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 . Read more

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.

Workload

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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Take the next step in your nursing career. Massey’s Master of Nursing (MN) prepares you for a range of clinical leadership roles in specialty areas, education, management or research. Read more

Take the next step in your nursing career

Massey’s Master of Nursing (MN) prepares you for a range of clinical leadership roles in specialty areas, education, management or research. Our nurse practitioner (NP) pathway is approved by the Nursing Council and meets the education requirements for registration as a NP. You’ll develop advanced knowledge and skills in your field of study through a mix of theoretical and clinical courses.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

Most students like you undertaking postgraduate study in Nursing are in full-time practice and study part-time.

Postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered in 'block mode' with face-to-face teaching in on-campus blocks, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This is designed to make courses available for those in employment and located at a distance from the university.

Develop your practice

Students like you initially enrol in the postgraduate certificate to develop clinical knowledge and skills. You then study towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or progress to a Master of Nursing as preparation for advanced practice roles and/or Nurse Practitioner registration.

Learn from the best in your field

You’ll learn from academics and professional clinicians who are highly experienced registered nurses. Their expertise in practice and research drives the development of relevant, up-to-date course content, teaching, and assessment of your work.

You’ll be supported all the way

There is always plenty of help at hand. Along with contact with your lecturers, Learning Consultants in the Centre for Teaching and Learning are available to support your study and academic writing skills. Each library has a subject librarian who supports you on campus or at a distance.

Careers

The Master of Nursing (MN) degree prepares nurses like you for advanced practice roles. Our graduates work as:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse prescriber
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Nursing leadership roles such as Director of Nursing, clinical nurse manager, nurse researcher, nurse advisor


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The Master of Public Health (MPH) will deepen your understanding of public health and give you research experience. The MPH requires you to undertake your own research in an area of public health interest. Read more

The Master of Public Health (MPH) will deepen your understanding of public health and give you research experience. The MPH requires you to undertake your own research in an area of public health interest. You may decide to complete an entirely research degree (thesis), or complete a dissertation alongside further postgraduate public health papers to the value of 60 points.

The MPH is a supervised degree, enabling students to work in close association with active researchers. You will have the opportunity to research a major public health problem from the development of your research project to the interpreting and reporting of your results.

Enrolments for the thesis option may be accepted at any time, however students must first have discussed their proposed thesis or dissertation with a member of the academic staff of one of the departments.



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The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) degree allows study at a postgraduate level across a range of health disciplines, and research experience (thesis, dissertation or project) in the student's area of specialisation. Read more

The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) degree allows study at a postgraduate level across a range of health disciplines, and research experience (thesis, dissertation or project) in the student's area of specialisation.

Normally before embarking upon study within the Master of Health Sciences programme, students would first complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) and/or a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc). Students are normally required to obtain a B average over their Postgraduate Diploma in order to be admitted to Masters study.

Information for new applicants

The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) comprises 120 points. This can be a thesis worth the entire 120 points, a 60 point dissertation and further papers to the value of 60 points, or 30 point research project and 90 points of further papers.

A 30 point research methods paper is a requirement for the Master of Health Sciences. It can be taken as a generic “unendorsed” option or as an "endorsed" option from those listed below.

Each “endorsed” option has different requirements so it is important to seek course advice before you apply. You can obtain information about each endorsement by clicking on the links below.

The Master of Health Sciences is taught from three campuses (Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington). Contact details at each campus are listed below. Alternatively, contact  for guidance.



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For over 26 years, the University of Otago has been an exceptional provider of distance teaching in the fields of . Aviation Medicine. Read more

For over 26 years, the University of Otago has been an exceptional provider of distance teaching in the fields of Aviation MedicineOccupational Medicine, and Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport.

The Master in Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) programme is a fully distance-taught that actively encourages international student enrolment.

The University of Otago is a world leader in terms of offering aviation medicine training and professional development for the aviation medicine industry and has 100+ students studying in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. This is the only aviation medicine programme in the world to offer distance education. It is supported by academic staff and alumni with strong links to the aviation industry.

Graduates of the programme will meet internationally recognised ‘best practice’ standards for aviation medicine practitioners and are frequently employed by airlines including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Qantas.

The Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) is available through Distance Learning.

Programme Requirements

The programme shall consist of papers to the value of 240 points (normally eight 30-point papers) which shall normally comprise:

At least 180 points selected from

  • AVME 711 Aviation Physiology
  • AVME 712 Human Performance
  • AVME 713 Airport and Travel Health
  • AVME 714 Clinical Aviation Medicine
  • AVME 715 Principles of Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 716 Clinical Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 717 Medical Logistics in Aeromedical Transport
  • AVME 718 Operational Aspects of Aeromedical Transport
  • AVME 719 Aeromedical Studies for Nurses and Paramedics
  • AVME 720 Clinical Analysis in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport
  • AVME 721 Clinical Care in the Air
  • AVME 722 Organisation of Aeromedical Systems
  • AVME 723 Managing Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 724 Health and Industry
  • AVME 726 Special Topic
  • AVME 780 Research Project
  • AVME 785 Research Methods
  • AVME 801 Occupational Medicine Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • AVME 802 Vocational Rehabilitation
  • AVME 803 Specialist Aeromedical Retrieval
  • AVME 804 International Assistance Operations

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study shall consist of papers to the value of 240 points.

At least 180 points must be from papers selected from AVME 711AVME 712AVME 713AVME 714AVME 715AVME 716AVME 717AVME 718AVME 719AVME 720AVME 721AVME 722AVME 723AVME 724AVME 726AVME 780AVME 785AVME 801AVME 802AVME 803AVME 804.

Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School, papers which have been completed at the University of Otago, another university, or an approved examining body may be credited to the programme and/or used as the basis for exemption from the requirements of (b) above, provided that this previous study is directly relevant to the candidate's proposed and approved programme of study, to a maximum of 120 points.

A candidate who has completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and TransportPostgraduate Diploma in Occupational MedicinePostgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, or Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine may be exempted from one or more papers in the programme for the degree to a maximum of 120 points.



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The Master of Dietetics (MDiet) degree is an academic and professional dietetic training course which prepares graduates to work as dietitians in New Zealand and overseas. Read more

The Master of Dietetics (MDiet) degree is an academic and professional dietetic training course which prepares graduates to work as dietitians in New Zealand and overseas. This full time, two-year course encompasses specialist papers in clinical nutrition, public health, food service, professional skills, research thesis preparation, a block placement and a research project.

The first year of the programme is taught in Dunedin. Early Learning in Dietetics (practical experience placements) will be completed under the supervision of dietetic tutors in hospital, community, public health and foodservice environments. The second year consists of one semester of placements and one semester of research in one of a number of centres.

Structure of the Programme

  1. The programme of study shall consist of papers and a thesis to a total value of 240 points as set down in the MDiet Schedule.
  2. A candidate must pass all the papers in Year One and also demonstrate the required level of professional behaviour before proceeding to Year Two.


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The Master of Counselling (MCouns) is established as a flagship degree that has seen 92% of graduates over the past six years gain successful employment. Read more

The Master of Counselling (MCouns) is established as a flagship degree that has seen 92% of graduates over the past six years gain successful employment.

The degree has specifically been designed for professional counsellors or supervisors interested in leadership roles within the New Zealand counselling profession.

The programme has a key teaching focus on providing experiences in which you can further develop your professional attitudes, knowledge and competencies in the areas of counselling, group leadership, mediation and practitioner research. You'll graduate with a high level of knowledge and understanding through the narrative practice this programme is known for.

For the past 20 years, our teaching staff have been active in promoting narrative therapy, beginning with a book staff produced called Narrative Therapy in Practice. Today Waikato is considered a leader in this field with several local and international publications produced each year.

This notable reputation extends also into our thriving doctoral counselling programme.

Learning outcomes

As a graduate of the MCouns programme, you will have developed competence in the practices of counselling, and established a firm understanding in philosophical and ethical issues relating to professional counselling practice.

You'll learn how to engage critically with the theoretical concepts and research which underpins counselling practice and the knowledge of the professional context within which you work.

Not only will your studies set you up with a well-articulated theoretical position and reflective professional stance in your counselling work, you'll also gain a recognised qualification for membership of New Zealand Association of Counsellors.

Cultural experience

Manākitanga (hospitality and care) is offered by Tangata whenua, people of the land, who open the space for collaboration, with the intention of weaving cultural knowledge and practice into the shaping of our counsellor education programme. The significant contributions include interchanges, connections, noho marae and visits to the following marae:

  • Te Kohinga Marama Marae at the University of Waikato (over night noho)
  • Maniaroa Marae at Mokau (week long stay with workshops and presentations)
  • Parihaka (visit to learn about Māori passive resistance to land confiscation).

Practical experience

Professional papers offer students the opportunity to have supported professional experience in community and or education settings. Efforts are made to cater for and respond to the individual student’s particular background and professional education goals.

Practicum placements

In order to gain a place in the programme, students must be able to demonstrate a relationship with a community-based counselling service or school or mental health service, which will give them access to an appropriate practicum placement.

Students must have a commitment to ongoing appropriate professional supervision. However, students will not establish any formal contract with an agency until they have been selected into the Counsellor Education Programme and have received all the necessary information on practicum placements.

In general, students in the first year of a full-time programme complete 200 hours in a professional counselling setting and complete 80 hours of counselling. They will engage in professional supervision*. The supervisor must be a member of a professional helping body such as NZAC, NZASW, NZPsS, or NZAP. Students must engage in a minimum of 16 supervision sessions, in each of the practicum papers. Students should note that NZAC membership now requires supervision with an experienced NZAC Member.

In the second year of the full-time programme the practicum involves 450 hours in counselling settings. Up to three placements may be arranged.

Note: Successful applicants will be completely responsible for setting up an appropriate placement to meet the requirements of the counselling practicum for the various papers.

*There may be a cost involved.

Career opportunities

  • NGO Social Service practices
  • Hospice
  • Private practice
  • Family and relationship counselling
  • Corrections and Probation
  • Youth services
  • Career support
  • Pastoral care
  • School counselling


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This programme is known for its grounding in a social justice model of inclusive community and educational practice and is relevant for a variety of professionals working in community organisations and schools, and those concerned with disability advocacy and rights. Read more

This programme is known for its grounding in a social justice model of inclusive community and educational practice and is relevant for a variety of professionals working in community organisations and schools, and those concerned with disability advocacy and rights.

Studying the Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies (MDInS) you'll gain a stronger understanding of social life and the differences between us, and challenge current approaches used in the education sector and beyond.

The programmes takes on an interdisciplinary approach which draws from education, psychology and social science.

As a graduate, you'll demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of concepts, issues and debates in the area of disability studies, particularly in your own research. Thinking critically and creatively, you will evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the field of disability studies and work proactively to develop professional relationships with others in the field.

Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time over 18 months.

The Faculty of Education offers a postgraduate study award to associate teachers in recognition of their work in supporting the Faculty’s initial teacher education programmes and students. More information on Associate Teacher Postgraduate Study Award

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 180 points and there are three options regarding how study can be planned.

Required

Research Methods/Research

OR

OR

And at least one from:

Optional

Other papers can be substituted with approval. These may include 15 and 30 point papers from other discipline areas such as Psychology, Sociology/Social Policy, Cultural Geography and Women's Studies. The MDInS Programme Advisor will assist you in developing your programme of study.



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Through advanced studies in a specialised focus subject, the Master of Health Sciences offers you an opportunity to pursue research in health sciences. Read more

Through advanced studies in a specialised focus subject, the Master of Health Sciences offers you an opportunity to pursue research in health sciences.

The Master of Health Science is for graduates who have successfully completed a Bachelor of Health Science with a major and wish to take advanced studies in this area.

If you have completed the Bachelor of Health Science without a major and want to do postgraduate study, you’ll need to obtain permission from the Director of Health Science Programme. Please see the Contact tab.

Careers

Career opportunities include public health and promotion of health, consultancy and advisory positions, working with iwi authorities, quality assurance, and research.



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Improve the nation’s health and your career prospects. The Master of Public Health is a research-focused qualification where you will be able to do your own research under the supervision of experienced public health researchers. Read more

Improve the nation’s health and your career prospects

The Master of Public Health is a research-focused qualification where you will be able to do your own research under the supervision of experienced public health researchers.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

Follow your research interests

The programme emphasises applied research and practical experience. You will be able to conduct research relevant to your public health work, interests and experiences, building on the knowledge learned through your Postgraduate Diploma of Public Health.

Gain invaluable skills

With the Master of Public Health, you will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the public health research literature, reason and act independently in your professional life, and undertake collaborative research within interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral environments.

Transfer your learning to your workplace

You will learn to reason and act independently as a professional working in public health. You will be able to contribute to policy development at local and national levels, and to public health knowledge through scholarly inquiry and publication. You will also be able to apply your cutting-edge knowledge to solving public health challenges.

You will receive a high-quality, comprehensive education and training in public health that will benefit you, your employer, and the health of New Zealanders in general.

Careers

A graduate with the Master of Public Health (MPH) will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the public health research literature, reason and act independently as a professional working in public health, and undertake collaborative public health research within interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral environments.

Graduates make contributions to public health policy development at local and national levels and contribute to public health knowledge through scholarly inquiry and publication. They also demonstrate competence in planning and conducting research in public health.

Many of our graduates go on to an academic career in teaching and research.



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