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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc)
The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) is designed to enable health professionals to specialise in specific areas of practice at a postgraduate level, studying on a part-time basis. In general, this qualification is intended for health professionals who have completed three years of tertiary study and already have experience in the field.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) is a postgraduate certificate comprising compulsory papers to the value of 60 points (usually two 30 point papers) from a schedule of ""endorsed"" options listed below.
- The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences is taught from three campuses (Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington).
- The Certificate may be credited towards the Postgraduate Diploma Health Sciences, though admission to the Diploma will depend upon performance.
- The below-endorsed options are available through Distance Learning
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Addiction and Co-existing Disorders
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Bioethics
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Mental Health
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Nursing
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Primary Health Care)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Occupational Health
- Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Perinatal Mental Health
- Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) in Radiation Therapy Advanced Practice
Admission to the Program shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
Every applicant shall
- Be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study;
- Have experience of or be currently working in the relevant field of health care;
- Present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.
If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); Internet-based TOEFL: Score of 95 with a minimum writing score of 22, Paper-based TOEFL: score of 587 (TWE 4.5); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.
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Structure of the Program
The Program of study shall consist of approved papers, from the schedule of endorsed options, to the value of 60 points.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
Applicants must apply online. They should also attach all the necessary supporting documents which includes scanned copies of their previous official academic transcripts (awards gained, marks, grades) with their application, and provide proof of their identity this is usually achieved by providing a certified copy of the personal details page of their passport or a birth certificate (in English). Applicants may also be required to submit an Educational Credential Evaluators report (ECE). As soon as applicants have completed their online application, their proof of identity document must be posted to International Division, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand. International student applications for semester 1/summer school study close: Oct-31; Semester 2 study close: Apr-30.
International tuition fees per year: 21775 NZD
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