Focus on learning research methods for health and social practice and apply them in an area of your choice. Gain specialist knowledge and leadership skills to work in inter-professional teams. Focus on the delivery of quality services to diverse people and communities. You may gain credits towards Master’s study.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice provides health and social practice professionals a new model of higher level study to advance their knowledge and skills, thereby enhancing their practice and career progression. The curriculum design and programme structure supports students to engage in inter-professional learning at postgraduate level to advance and broaden their professional practice. This programme will enable you to gain specialised knowledge and leadership skills to work effectively in inter-professional teams for the provision of quality services to diverse people and communities. Successful graduates may also gain credits towards Master’s studies.​


Programme outline

The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice is a 120 credit programme where students complete two compulsory courses and a further 60 credits from the electives below.​

Compulsory Level 8 credits
Advancing Professional Practice  30
Research Methods for Health and Social Practice  30

Choose 60 credits from the below electives

 Clinical Topic  15
Diversity in Professional Practice  30
Governance 15
Information Management 15
Partnering with Māori in Health and Social Practice 30
 Policy for Professional Practice 30
Professional Education Practice 30
Professional Leadership Practice 30
Simulation Practice 15
Special Topic I* 15
Special Topic II* 30
Responsiveness to Pacific Peoples 30
*one only  

Entry Requirements

Health or social practice professional or equivalent; with degree or equivalent bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

International students

Must meet domestic entry requirements and also have IELTS 7.0 (Academic) overall with no band below 6.5, or equivalent

Documents and other details

When applying for this programme complete the course selection sheet and attach to your online application.

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