Explore your options

There’s big demand in New Zealand for skilled health practitioners to empower their communities. Study health management or mental health at Unitec and you’ll learn from passionate staff. Most of them still work in the sector – as consultants, mediators or CEOs – and they’ll open your eyes to the support services and treatment models available. 

You’ll learn about the strategic organisation of health promotion, discover behaviour motivation skills and develop effective communication skills to work in mental health. And you’ll learn all this in the cultural context of New Zealand.

The study environment is supportive, with students from many different backgrounds. Many of them are Māori, Pacific islanders or migrants, and there are a few students with disabilities too. And almost all our students are mature, which is why we offer flexible course options so that you can fit study around a busy life.

Postgraduate Qualifications in Applied Practice

Our new Applied Practice postgraduate programmes address the changing needs of our workforce and communities. The Master of Applied Practice, the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice are applied and flexible qualifications that have been designed for practitioners working in New Zealand’s health and social practice sector. There are specialisations (or prescribed pathways), if that’s what best suits your needs, or you can design a learning pathway customised to achieve your specific goals. Find out more about these exciting new programmes.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONSSTART DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you for further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support4Full-time for 40 weeksMental health and addiction support worker, District Health Board (DHB) mental health and addiction support services including mobile teams, maternal mental health, Kaupapa Maori Services, Pacific Services and Forensic Services, Residential carer: adult, maternal mental health and youth, Employment servicesJuly
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Diversional Therapy)7February: full-time for three years
July: full-time for three and a half years
Part-time options available (8 years)
Diversional therapist, Rehabilitation specialist, Community Centre support worker, Activities co-ordinator/officer, Rest home service manager, Volunteer co-ordinator or team leaderFebruary or July. Pending NZQA approval.
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Health Promotion)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableFamily support worker, Health promoter, Population health advisor, Community health worker, Whanau ora navigatorFebruary or July
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice8Full-time for six months or part-time for one to four yearsCommunity development worker, Healthcare professional, Not-for-profit manager or community leader, Social practitioner working for a governmental or non-governmental organisation (NGO), Teacher or educational leaderFebruary or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice (Clinical Research)8Domestic students: Full-time for one year or part-time options available. Not open to international students.Clinical researcher, Clinical teacher, Clinical trial monitor, Healthcare practice leader, Healthcare practitioner, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Independent clinical researcherFebruary or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice (Health Science)8Domestic students: Full-time for one year or part-time options available. Not open to international students.Advanced practitioner, Clinical teacher, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Hospital managerFebruary or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice8Full-time for one year or part-time options availableCommunity development worker, Healthcare professional, Not-for-profit manager or community leader, Social practitioner working for a governmental or non-governmental organisation (NGO), Teacher or educational leaderFebruary or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling8Part-time for 18 monthsCounsellor, Relationship counsellor, School counsellor, Counsellor in a community or government organisation, Counsellor in a private practiceThis programme is no longer offered for new enrolments
Master of Applied Practice (Clinical Research)9Domestic students: Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years. Not open to international students.Advanced healthcare practitioner, Clinical researcher, Clinical teacher, Clinical trial monitor, District health board (DHB) manager, Healthcare practice leader, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Independent clinical researcherFebruary or July
Master of Applied Practice (Health Science)9Domestic students: Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years. Not open to international students.Advanced practitioner, Clinical teacher, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Hospital managerFebruary or July
Master of Applied Practice9Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six yearsAdvance your practice and contribute to your profession by completing work-relevant research and projectsFebruary or July

Industry connections

Unitec works closely with Tangata Whenua, community and voluntary organisations to establish a national not-for-profit network, upskill Māori mental health managers, provide leadership training for Pacific students in New Zealand, or share research through online resource Clearing House.

Organisations like Te Waipuna Puawai, Preventing Violence in the Home, the Problem Gambling Foundation and the New Zealand Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations have helped us develop our courses. For you this means that what you learn in the classroom reflects the real challenges the community faces.