1 year
Jul Feb
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 12,994
NZD 19,470
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

This programme provides Registered Nurses with the opportunity to extend their clinical knowledge and skills in a specific area of practise. After successfully completing any two postgraduate nursing modules students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing. Students can then return to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing at a later date within four years of enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing. Career opportunities include employment in advanced nursing practice positions, management, research or independent practice.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • An undergraduate Nursing degree, or other undergraduate degree assessed as relevant by the Nursing Postgraduate Programme Committee, conferred by a New Zealand tertiary education institution with at least a B average in their grades for the final year, or
  • A qualification approved as equivalent by the Nursing Postgraduate Programme Committee
  • Applicants who have not gained a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification may submit a portfolio for informal transfer of credit and, if the application is successful, may be admitted on an ad eundum statum basis.

In addition to the above criteria, applicants must

  • Meet any pre-requisites for specific modules, and
  • Hold a current New Zealand Practising Certificate as a Registered Nurse, or
  • An international candidate must be a New Zealand registered nurse and comply with 1.1 within these regulations
  • Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 7.0 across all bands; or equivalent. The language assessment must be less than two years old at the time of application, and
  • within the past five years, must have completed 6 months of post registration clinical experience and be employed for a minimum of 16 hours per week.