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Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Clinical) Addiction Pathway


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


Every candidate for the degree of MHealSc (Nursing - Clinical) shall

  1. Be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study
  2. Hold a current Practising Certificate

Note: Candidates who have not previously enrolled for university study, or who have not achieved grades averaging B or better, will normally be expected initially to enrol for a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.

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Structure of the Master of Health Sciences (Nursing - Clinical) with an addictions focus

Course work pathway (with dissertation)

i Required papers (120 points)
  • NURS 405 Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice (30 points)
  • NURS 416 Nursing - Applied Pharmacology (30 points)
  • PSME 404 Assessment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 424 Pharmacotherapy of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
ii One other approved paper (30 points)
Normally approved from the list below:
  • PSME 422 Treatment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 416 Applied Theory of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
For Nursing Practitioner Pathway, the required approved paper is:
  • NURS 430 Advanced Nursing Practicum (30 points)
iii An approved research methods paper (30 points)
Normally :
  • NURS 415 Nursing Research Methods (30 points)
Other approved research methods papers include:
  • PSME 406 Research Methods : Mental Health (30 points)
    Taught via on-campus blocks in Christchurch via the Department of Psychological Medicine
  • PUBH 723 Survey Methods - taught on campus Christchurch (15 points) and
    PUBH 724 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods - taught on campus Christchurch (15 points)
  • PHCY 506 Research Methods - distance taught via Dunedin School of Pharmacy (30 points)
  • HASC 417 Health Sciences Research Methods - distance taught via Wellington (30 points)
iv A dissertation (60 points)
Note: The research undertaken for the dissertation must be related to the RN’s areas of advanced nursing practice and must be discussed with the Director, Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies.

Further information

Amanda Clifford
Postgraduate Administrator
Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 3852