Study Programme Details
Country: New Zealand
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session
Study Format: Full Time, Part Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

PhD / Doctorate


48 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

The Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) program at the University of Canterbury offers a transformative journey for individuals deeply passionate about healthcare. It transcends traditional education paradigms, inviting you to explore and shape the future of healthcare delivery. Whether you’re drawn to pioneering health innovations, addressing disparities in health outcomes, or conducting groundbreaking research, the DHSc program provides a platform to realize your ambitions. By integrating cutting-edge trends and envisioning future possibilities, DHSc empowers you to become a catalyst for positive change in the healthcare landscape.


At the University of Canterbury, the DHSc program is meticulously designed to elevate your expertise through evidence-based research and practical application. Regardless of whether your interests lie in clinical practice or non-clinical roles, our program equips you with the skills and knowledge to excel. Through collaborative learning experiences and strategic partnerships within the Te Papa Hauora | Health Precinct, you’ll engage with communities, organizations, and government entities to drive innovation and address real-world health challenges. Join us at the forefront of healthcare education and make a meaningful impact on global health outcomes.

Admission Requirements

  • You will need to have either an Aotearoa New Zealand honours or master’s degree to enrol, or other qualifications of an equivalent standard. In some cases, you may be approved to enrol without these qualifications if you have sufficient research or training experience.
  • You will also need to have at least five years of relevant professional practice.
  • All students must be approved by Amo Rangahau | Dean of Postgraduate Research to enrol in the degree.
  • CAE or CPE: Score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • IELTS Academic: An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • NZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3
  • NZCEL: Level 5
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening

The Doctor of Health Sciences is made up of two parts:

  • Part I – a research portfolio (120 points)
  • Part II – a thesis (240 points)
  • Domestic — $8,632
  • International — Not available to international students

Future Career Outcomes

University of Canterbury DHSc graduates embark on diverse and rewarding career paths, leveraging their expertise to effect positive change in the healthcare sector. Our alumni serve as leaders in health policy, research, education, and administration, driving innovation and advocating for improved health outcomes. With a strong emphasis on practical skills development and industry relevance, our program prepares graduates to meet the evolving demands of the healthcare landscape and make lasting contributions to the well-being of communities worldwide.

Visa Requirements:

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