Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Why study with us?

The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences is New Zealand’s leading provider of tertiary education in the health field and the country’s largest centre for medical and biomedical research. We are experienced working at the cutting-edge of research, at the commercial biotechnology interface, in the clinical care setting, and in the community. We offer a broad and demanding range of postgraduate programmes that are innovative and designed to ensure our graduates remain in high demand, both here and overseas.

Our programmes are led and delivered by staff who are internationally recognised experts and highly regarded researchers. We pride ourself on the close collaboration that we have developed with the country’s leading healthcare providers, that ensures our teaching and research is relevant to the present and future health needs of New Zealand.

There are many other reasons for choosing the faculty, including our commitment to ensuring that all learning and research is supported by the best facilities and technology.

We know that you'll benefit from studying with us and we look forward to welcoming you to the faculty.

Postgraduate study


The term "postgraduate" is used to mean any programme of study that is at a higher level than an undergraduate programme.

There are many reasons why you might consider postgraduate study.

  • You may have an interest in a particular subject.
  • You may have a desire to learn new skills.
  • You may be seeking benefits for your career.

Whatever your motivation, a postgraduate coursework qualification will also provide you with the ability to explore new and emerging fields of study, give you the opportunity to acquire further specialist knowledge and theory, and in some cases advanced knowledge of professional practice.

Completion of a research masters will also enable you to demonstrate mastery of specialist knowledge and theory, give you a capacity for the definition and management of a research project, and the opportunity and capacity to undertake original research and practice.

Students who complete postgraduate qualifications from our faculty add to the research strengths of the country and the clinical excellence of New Zealand's health sector. Many obtain roles of responsibility within hospitals and healthcare centres, while others work internationally with globally competitive research groups and biotechnology industries, or find challenging positions within pharmaceutical and health promotion agencies. Further study is also considered vital for health professionals looking to update their skills or specialise in a particular field of healthcare.

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