Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Mammography

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHSc) in Mammography is designed for Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) seeking to provide high level expertise in breast imaging and potentially to contribute to national breast screening programmes.

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Mammography graduate Annette Kelly browses the library

This programme is driven by the needs of clinical services including BreastScreen Aotearoa requirements, and aims to improve patient care and service as graduates of the programme apply their knowledge and expertise within breast imaging.

Graduates will also be able to progress to further study in Medical Imaging.

MRTB Approved

The PGCertHSc (Mammography) programme is approved by the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB).

This qualification is also an MRTB approved pathway for:

  1. Radiation Therapists to practise in Mammography*
  2. Return to work pathway for Medical Imaging Technologists to return to work in Mammography only.* Please note this pathway must be approved by the Board before study is commenced.

*Prospective students wishing to complete either of these two alternative pathways should contact the MRTB at mrt@medsci.co.nz for more information prior to commencing study.


To gain admission to the PGCertHSc(Mammography), a student must: 

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Imaging or an equivalent qualification
  • Hold a current registration with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board or as a Medical Radiation Technologist in their country of domicile
  • Have a clinical training position in Mammography from an approved clinical centre and a completed University of Auckland Clinical Training Position Agreement prior to admission to the programme. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain this training position

For further information, please view the Admission Criteria - PGCertHSc(Mammography) flowchart.


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Mammography graduate Olivia Larsen reviews breast images

Students are required to enrol in, and complete the following courses:

In addition, assessment of clinical competency will occur in the student’s workplace throughout the duration of the student’s enrolment within this programme. Failure to demonstrate a minimum level of competency at specific time points may result in the student being unable to proceed in the programme.

Duration and points value

Points required: 60
Time to complete: Within two years if enrolled part-time
Start semester: One or Two

The programme is designed to be completed part-time and primarily by distance learning.

New students, to ensure you enrol on time, please visit our step-by-step guide to applications, admission, and enrolment.

Some courses will require an enrolment concession request to be submitted.


This programme has a total enrolment clause of 90 points. This is the maximum number of points you can enrol in (including failed or withdrawn courses) towards this programme.

Detailed information on admission criteria, programme structure and content, and the schedule of courses can be found in the University's Calendar Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences.

For more information please contact:

Medical Imaging Team

Department of Anatomy with Radiology
School of Medical Sciences
Email: medicalimaging@auckland.ac.nz