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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc)


The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences is designed for health professionals and others in health-related fields who wish to study for a postgraduate health sciences qualification which does not include the research component (thesis or dissertation).

The Diploma may be credited towards the Master of Health Sciences provided the candidate has obtained credit or distinction for the Diploma.

The PGDipHealSc may be taken either as a generic qualification or, more usually, as an endorsed option in a specific area of specialisation. 


Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) detailing the Admission to the Programme, Structure of the Programme, Duration of the Programme, Level of Award of the Diploma and Variations is available through the University of Otago website.

Endorsed options

Endorsed options for the PGDipHealSc through the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences are:

Note: Students would normally enrol initially for the PGCert before proceeding to the diploma

Unendorsed option

  • PGDipHealSc – Registered Nurses who are studying to become an RN Designated Prescriber are required to undertake this programme of study. Potential candidates for this programme of study must seek departmental approval prior to applying for this programme 


Ruth Helms
Manager, Academic Programmes
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 0527

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