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MHealSc(NURS) - Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Nursing


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

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Every candidate for the degree of MHealSc (Nursing) 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)

i Two approved nursing papers (60 points)
Normally approved from the list below:
  • NURS 403 Mental Health Nursing Practice (30 points)
  • NURS 404 Advanced Mental Health Nursing (30 points)
  • NURS 405 Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice (30 points)
  • NURS 409 Mental Health Nursing Practicum (30 points)
  • NURS 411 Nursing - High Acuity (30 points)
  • NURS 413 Nursing - Primary Health Care Rural /Urban (30 points)
  • NURS 416 Nursing - Applied Pharmacology (30 points)
  • NURS 418 Nursing Education - Principles and Practice (30 points)
  • NURS 423 Nursing Leadership and Management I (30 points)
  • NURS 424 Nursing Leadership and Management II (30 points)
  • NURS 426 Nursing - Gerontology (30 points)
  • NURS 427 Long-term Conditions - Pathophysiology and Management (30 points)
  • NURS 428 Long-Term Condition Management (Advanced) (30 points)
  • NURS 431 Rural Nursing (30 points)
  • NURS 433 Intellectual Disability : Theory into Practice (30 points)
ii 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)
iii A further approved paper (30 points)
iv A thesis (120 points)
Note: The research undertaken for the thesis 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

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