This degree programme enables healthcare and education professionals to develop advanced skills in the field of human nutrition, including research design skills, and to undertake supervised research in a human nutrition-related area. This qualification is designed to provide a route by which health professionals may gain a Masters degree in Human Nutrition through full or part time study at distance. The Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Human Nutrition (MHealSc) may be undertaken either as a thesis option or a coursework option.
Information for new applicants
The Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Human Nutrition is intended for New Zealand-resident professionals with a PGDipHealSc (Endorsed in Human Nutrition), PGDipSc (Community Nutrition) or PGDipDiet.
If you are interested in undertaking a MHealSc degree, you are advised to complete an approved 30 point research methods paper as part of your PGDipHealSc. If you have completed the PGDipHealSc first without an approved research methods paper, you will normally be required to complete such a paper before commencing a research thesis or dissertation.
To progress from the PGDipHealSc to the MHealSc, requires grades averaging B or better in the PGDipHealSc, and a B+ or better in the 30 points research methods paper(s).
This is not a professional qualification and does not prepare participants to practice as dietitians.
The thesis option consists of four 30 pt papers: NUTN401 Principles of Human Nutrition; two of NUTN402 Nutrition and Health Promotion, NUTN404 Nutrition and Chronic Disease, and NUTN407 Advanced Sports Nutrition; and 30pts of approved research methods paper and a 120pt thesis.
NUTN401; two of NUTN402, NUTN404, NUTN407; approved research method paper(s) to the value of 30pts; and a thesis (120pt)
NUTN401; two of NUTN402, NUTN404, NUTN407; approved research method paper(s) to the value of 30pts; further approved papers to the value of 60pts; and a research dissertation (60 pts)
The MHealSc (Human Nutrition) candidates entering the programme with a PGDipHealSc (Human Nutrition) will normally follow a programme of one year of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study, completing the requirements for the degree within four years of admission to the programme.
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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2023 Calendar and supplementary material.