MHSc On Campus

Health Sciences Professional Practice - Nursing

24 months
28126 USD/year
9221 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Health Sciences Professional Practice - Nursing from University of Canterbury and Bachelor of Nursing joint initiative between the University of Canterbury and Ara gives the opportunity for students who already hold a degree relevant to health sciences to gain two further qualifications in just two years.


Health Sciences Professional Practice - Nursing from University of Canterbury will be of interest to anyone who wishes to become a nurse. Students are normally required to have a recognised degree which is considered relevant to Health Sciences and the proposed course of study or an appropriate health or allied professional qualification requiring at least three years equivalent full-time tertiary study at an appropriate level.


Having completed the MHealScProfPr/BN programmes graduates will be eligible to gain employment as nurses in New Zealand. The MHealScProfPr will give graduates a thorough academic knowledge which may be beneficial to employment but it is important to note that graduates of this joint initiative will be viewed as a beginning nurse, just as graduate nurses from other programmes would be.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Professional Frameworks for Nursing Practice
  • Health Assessment, Physiology and Pharmacology for Clinical Practice
  • Acute and Long Term Health Care
  • Research Approaches for Health and Sport
  • Whanau and Community Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A previous relevant bachelor's degree, or appropriate health professional qualification, with good grades (normally a B Grade Point Average or better), and approval from the Dean of Education and Health Sciences. 
  • If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28126 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28126 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    9221 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9221 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National students - 12,787 NZD
  • International Students - 39,000 NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

1300 - 2000 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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Health Sciences Professional Practice - Nursing
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