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Programme overview

Are you looking for a postgraduate programme that allows you to choose options and electives from across faculties, tailoring your pathway to your career aspirations? The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice will see you to undertake work-relevant research and projects as part of your studies, updating and extending your professional knowledge and contributing to your organisation, community or profession.


  • A flexible programme that can be tailored to subjects and issues relevant to your career.
  • Advance your practice and contribute to your profession by completing work-relevant research and projects as part of your studies.
  • Develop your specialist knowledge and skills in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.
  • Define your own pathway or choose to specialise in Social Practice, Clinical Research or Health Science.
  • Further your studies by progressing to the Master of Applied Practice.
  • Taught by highly experienced lecturers with roles in community and national organisations.
  • Transdisciplinary: suitable for professionals from sectors including social work, community development, government, healthcare, education and more.
  • Informed by the ‘Kaupapa Māori’ philosophy, which places community engagement and understanding at the heart of research.
  • Flexibility: choose full- or part-time study to fit in with your life and work.  
  • Study at our Waitakere and/or Mt Albert campuses depending on your chosen courses.

Please note: These programmes are designed for practitioners in work as we do not provide work placements. If you choose to study full-time, your study will likely relate to your current practice. You will have an opportunity to discuss this during your application interview.

Contact us

If you feel an Applied Practice programme could suit you and/or if you have further questions about this programme, please contact our Academic Leader:
Stephanie Sheehan
(09) 892 7692

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Achieved one of the below:

  • A recognised Bachelor’s degree in the same or similar discipline, with an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to the above
  • Demonstrate an ability to succeed in the programme by providing evidence of successful outcomes you’ve achieved in a work environment relevant to Social Practice

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
3. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Applied Practice in Context (CISC8000) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically examine and contextualise practice and develop a critical understanding of how indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness, society, ethics, environment and law inform practice.
Research and Community-Informed Practice (CISC8001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop the student to be able to critically examine and evaluate a body of literature in relation to a practice/work-based issue to arrive at a relevant and informed research question(s) and to contextualise and understand the relevance of this question to practice and the wider community
Research Question (CISC8002) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Enable a student to engage industry and community relevant to discipline and then begin to create feasible and well-defined research questions as well as determine the most appropriate research method or range of methods to address these research questions.
Human Rights and Social Justice (CISC8007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Enable the student to critically examine, analyse and discuss, social, cultural and legal concepts of social justice and human rights in Aotearoa-New Zealand and in a global context. To develop a students ability to critique a human-rights-based approach to professional practice in relation to social justice in New Zealand.
Practical Biostatistics (CISC8009) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Introduces biostatistics to students from non-statistical backgrounds to advance an understanding of how statistics can be used in applied research for hypothesis testing and exploring data relationships.
Negotiated Study (CISC8015) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Enables a student to negotiate an applied project within the workplace.
Negotiated Study (Extended) (CISC8030) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Enables a student to negotiate an applied project within the workplace.





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Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

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Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A relevant degree with average grade requirements or a relevant professional qualification and proof of work relevant to the programme of study plus English language requirements. Special admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


1 Year

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $7,512$7,512
Government tuition subsidy: $9,418$9,418

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

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