Human Services

University of Canterbury

24 months
19721 USD/year
4840 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Human Services at University of Canterbury is referred to as the study of the professions. Human Services (HSRV) programmes and courses are now being taught at universities in New Zealand and internationally, with human services among the fastest growing fields of employment.


Studying Human Services gives you the opportunity to learn research skills and choose courses in particular areas of study, maximising your ability to develop more focused career directions within your degree.

Students majoring in subjects such as Psychology, Law, Education, Management and Sociology also have the opportunity to strengthen the human service component of their studies by including HSRV courses.

Why study Human Services at University of Canterbury?

At UC, courses include a focus on professional contexts and issues such as workplace bullying, management and supervision, and the dynamics of the worker-client relationship.

There are five broad pathways within the Human Services progamme at UC:

  • Health and Family Systems – for those interested in health and well-being
  • Work and Organisational Systems – gain knowledge to implement change in organisational systems, to consider critical debates within policy, as well as to develop skills in organisational communication
  • Youth Development – looks at youth culture and youth work and relevant development organisations
  • Local and Global Community Development – an area of growing popularity in New Zealand and overseas
  • Violence and Criminal Justice Systems – many Human Services courses make use of UC staff specialisation in the areas of violence and provision of services across different contexts. Most of these courses consider violence as a contemporary and historical issue.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Social Welfare Policy and Human Services
  • Introduction to Human Services and Practice in Aotearoa
  • Violence in Society
  • Youth Realities
  • Communication in the Human Services
  • Human Behaviour and Human Systems
  • Policy Debates in the Social Services
  • Culture, Indigeneity and Citizenship: Critical Debates for the Human Services
  • Child Protection Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

It is recommended to apply as early as possible in advance of your intended start date, to allow for visa and other arrangements. 




240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To participate in Human Services courses at UC, all that is required is an enquiring mind, an openness to diversity, and an interest in what people do to and with each other. Mature students are often able to bring a wealth of life experience to the study of Human Services.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19721 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19721 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4840 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Students - 7,535 NZD
  • International Students -30,700 NZD


Scholarships, grants and awards are a great way to fund your university study.

Student loans and allowances

For domestic students, the most common option for funding your study is the New Zealand government's student loans and allowances. Here you can learn more about what they cover, and how to apply.

Overseas financial aid

If you are an international student coming to UC, you may be eligible for tuition or other financial aid from your home country, so make sure to check all your overseas financial aid options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Human Services
University of Canterbury