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What will I learn?

Focus on learning research methods for health and social practice and apply them in an area of your choice.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice provides health and social practice professionals a new model of higher level study to advance their knowledge and skills, thereby enhancing their practice and career progression. The curriculum design and programme structure supports students to engage in inter-professional learning at postgraduate level to advance and broaden their professional practice.

This programme will enable you to gain specialised knowledge and leadership skills to work effectively in inter-professional teams for the provision of quality services to diverse people and communities. Successful graduates may also gain credits towards Master’s studies.

Programme Outline

The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice is a 120 credit programme where students complete two compulsory courses and a further 60 credits from the electives.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$26,000.00 (US$ 14,948) per year
Start date

February 2023


Whitireia New Zealand

Porirua Campus,

3 Wi Neera Drive,



5022, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must a Completion of a Bachelor Degree with English as the language of instruction, from tertiary education. The minimum performance levels for admission are: IELTS - 6.5 overall with no sub-score less than 6.0, TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) - Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21), Cambridge English Test - FCE with a pass at Grade A or CAE with a score of 58 or CPE with a score of 45, Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE - PToE (Academic) score of 58, New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 5 with the Academic endorsement.

For international students

Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

Must meet domestic entry requirements and also have IELTS 7.0 (Academic) overall with no band below 6.5, or equivalent

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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