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Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Clinical) - coursework 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)

Course work pathway (with dissertation)

i Three approved papers (90 points)
Normally approved from the list below (ia and ib):
  • NURS 403 Mental Health Nursing Practice (30 points)
  • NURS 404 Advanced Mental Health Nursing (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 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 428 Long-Term Condition Management (Advanced) (30 points)
  • NURS 431 Rural Nursing (30 points)
  • NURS 433 Intellectual Disability : Theory into Practice (30 points)
ib Required for Prescribing Pathways
  • NURS 405 Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice (30 points)
  • NURS 416 Nursing - Applied Pharmacology (30 points)
  • NURS 427 Long-term Conditions - Pathophysiology and Management (30 points)
  • NURS 429 Therapeutics for Advanced Nursing 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 Special Topic: 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 Two further approved papers ( 60 points)
Required for Nursing Practitioner Pathway:
  • NURS 430 Advanced Nursing Practicum is required if on the Nurse Practitioner pathway (30 points)
iv A clinically applied dissertation (60 points)

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