Postgraduate Diploma

This qualification provides students with an opportunity to continue their learning about human factors and ergonomics and build on the postgraduate certificate qualification.  The postgraduate diploma requires students to complete two compulsory courses, Integrative Research and Māori Health and Development, and complete an additional 30 credits from courses included in the approved pathway. The courses can be offered by another NZ University or Derby University in the United Kingdom.


Structure of Postgraduate Diploma


Postgraduate Certificate (gained previously)


HEAL811 Integrative Research


MAOH804 Maori Health Development


Course(s) from approved pathway – from any University


Total credits



Postgraduate Diploma Course Descriptions

This is a compulsory course in the HFE postgraduate diploma as it explores a variety of approaches to research design and methods relevant to health and environmental sciences and related fields. Develops critical understandings of philosophical and methodological underpinnings of research. On completion, the student will be able to critically examine philosophical and practical underpinnings of research, methodologies and methods, critically discuss ethical, cultural, political and practical considerations in research, present work at the appropriate academic standard. The course content includes research paradigms, literature reviews, developing research questions, ethical, cultural, political and practical considerations in research, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis, rigour and trustworthiness and writing up and disseminating research.

This 15-credit course employs a flexible teaching approach through blended learning with a range of teaching and learning strategies used to support an interactive learning environment where students can explore research approaches of personal and professional interests. It is assessed via presentation and written assessment (2500 words).

This course is compulsory for the HFE postgraduate diploma as it develops knowledge and critical analysis in the historical and contemporary determinants of Māori health. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills to apply te Tiriti o Waitangi and contribute to the pursuit of health equity. The course may include a focus on: Health Status o Application of te Tiriti o Waitangi to health practice o Historical and socio-political determinants of health o Access, use and experiences of health services o Institutional and personal-mediated racism o Oritetanga (equity) o Tino rangatirratanga o Relationship development with Māori.

The 15-credit course adopts an approach based on whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and tautoko which will be the primary learning strategy. Students will be required to apply life or work experiences to advance their knowledge. The course is assessed by a written assignment (3000 words) and a seminar presentation.