Taught course

Mental Health

Institution
University of Otago · Division of Health Sciences
Qualifications
MHealSc

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Entry requirements

Every applicant, shall normally be required to satisfy all of the following: be a graduate in a health-related field or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study; have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences or equivalent with grades averaging B or better; have completed 30 points of research methods at NZQF Level 8 with a grade (or average grade if more than one paper is used to complete the 30 points) of B+ or better; and provide evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

Applicants for admission where non-standard research methods requirements apply shall normally be required to satisfy all of the following: be a graduate in a health-related field or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study; have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences or equivalent with grades averaging B+ or better; and provide evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry

February, July

Course content

The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) degree allows study at a postgraduate level across a range of health disciplines, and research experience (thesis, dissertation or project) in the student's area of specialisation. Normally before embarking upon study within the Master of Health Sciences programme, students would first complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) and/or a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc). Students are normally required to obtain a B average over their Postgraduate Diploma in order to be admitted to Masters Study. The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) comprises 120 points. This can be a thesis worth the entire 120 points, a 60 point dissertation and further papers to the value of 60 points, or 30 point research project and 90 points of further papers.

Thesis option - Three approved papers from: PSME papers - NURS 403 Mental Health Nursing Practice, NURS 404 Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice, and NURS 409 Mental Health Nursing Practicum. Approved research method paper(s) to the value of 30 points, A thesis (120 points). Coursework option - Five approved papers from: PSME papers - NURS 403 Mental Health Nursing Practice, NURS 404 Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice, and NURS 409 Mental Health Nursing Practicum. Approved research method paper(s) to the value of 30 points. A dissertation (60 points). Notes: A candidate, with the approval of the Board of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences, may substitute alternative papers to a value of 60 points. The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) endorsed in Mental Health is available through Distance Learning.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $42,696

New Zealand is a relatively affordable country to live in. Dunedin, being a student-focused city, has living and entertainment options for all budgets.

Students are eligible for the Otago International Excellence Scholarship.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MHealSc
    full time
    12 to 24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Christchurch Campus-based

Course contact details

Name
AskOtago
Email
university@otago.ac.nz