University Of Canterbury Nursing

The Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing) and Bachelor of Nursing joint initiative between the University of Canterbury and Ara gives the opportunity for students who already hold a degree relevant to health sciences to gain two further qualifications in just two years.

This is a fulltime two-year programme. Students will complete a UC Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing) [MHealScProfPr(Nursing)] and a Bachelor of Nursing (BN). Students will be eligible to attend graduation ceremonies with both institutions.

The option of completing the Master of Health Sciences with a research component is also available. 

Who is this initiative designed for?

It will be of interest to anyone who wishes to become a nurse. Students are normally required to have a recognised degree which is considered relevant to Health Sciences and the proposed course of study or an appropriate health or allied professional qualification requiring at least three years equivalent full-time tertiary study at an appropriate level.

Non-Health Science degrees are considered with evidence of Bioscience knowledge to NZQA level 5. Students may be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

Course information

For more details see the degree regulations for the Master of Health Science Professional Practice.

The tables below outline the combined structure, with UC courses in red.

Semester OneHLTH 465HLTH 466 
Mid term break  BNNP 542
Semster TwoHLTH 467HLTH 468 
Summer break  BNNP 641/BNNP 643
Summer breakBNNP 463 continues 
Semester OneHLTH 463HLTH 464
Mid term break  
Semester TwoBNFW 740BNTR 701
Summer break NCNZ registration exam third Thursday in November

How to apply

  • You will apply to both UC and Ara. Check that you meet the requirements for admission at both UC and Ara.
  • Your first step to enrolment is to apply to Ara on their website
  • If successful, you will be provided with a conditional offer from Ara. You then need to apply to UC, using the online application process and provide evidence of Ara’s conditional offer (such as a letter or email from Ara). 
  • If you are accepted to the MHealScProfPr programme, you will receive a formal offer. UC will advise Ara and your enrolment in the BN will be adjusted accordingly.

Fees and funding

Fees include tuition fees, administration fees, additional course-related costs (text books, equipment), the New Zealand Nursing Council examination fee, and student services levies from both UC and Ara.

Career opportunities

Having completed the MHealScProfPr/BN programmes graduates will be eligible to gain employment as nurses in New Zealand. The MHealScProfPr will give graduates a thorough academic knowledge which may be beneficial to employment but it is important to note that graduates of this

Research pathway

Students who are interested in completing postgraduate research should apply to complete the Master of Health Sciences by thesis. This pathway requires an additional 60 points and will extend the time required to complete this degree. Those who have completed their Masters by thesis may be later interested in doctoral study. UC offers a PhD in Health Sciences. Students interested in this pathway should contact the Programme Coordinator for further advice.