Master of Applied Professional Studies - Vulnerable Peoples

Programme details

Translation Te Tohu Paerua Ako Mātanga Mahi - Whakaraerae
Code WR3107
Level 9
Credits 180
Duration 1.5 years
Domestic student fee $6,840* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2, July, November
Study options Full-time, Part-time
Part-time study will take 4 years to complete
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$25,950
IntakesFebruary, July, November
Minimum IELTS7 in all bands
Duration (length of study)1.5 years
Application Checklist and RequirementsView the information page to see what documents you must supply with your application.
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Programme aim

This programme offers a flexible range of study options to match qualification requirements and extend students domain of practice within a chosen professional field. The programme aims to integrate theory with practice within interrogative environments that support learners to broaden their knowledge and experience through:

  • Reflective practice
  • Critical evaluation
  • In-depth analysis of critical social, cultural and professional practice issues
  • Applied professional practice research;
  • Synthesis and construction of new and/or innovative professional practice initiatives and/or applications; and
  • Articulation of personalised professional practice model(s) along with the theories, cultural understandings and experiences that inform the model(s)

Career opportunities

Education, social work, health, nursing, professional team or group leadership roles, tertiary lecturers, saff development and training officer, professional researcher

Award information

Students must pass a total of 180 credits, including:

  • 15 credits from compulsory course PROF.8001;
  • 45 credits from Level 9 course PROF.9001 and 15 credit course from any Level 8 endorsement; or 60 credits from Level 9 course PROF.9002; and
  • 105 credits from the relevant endorsement list OR
  • 90 credits from the relevant endorsement list, with 15 credits from another endorsement.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • perform as critically reflective and interdisciplinary practitioners;
  • demonstrate leadership in their field of study nationally and internationally;
  • analyse and synthesise information;
  • use and apply knowledge to address novel or new problems and issues;
  • develop and implement advanced applied research methodologies; and
  • exhibit higher level knowledge and understanding of their profession through cognitive, practical, personal and enabling skills.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations and the following criteria:

  • have access a relevant workplace
  • hold a bachelor’s degree (with or without honours) in a cognate subject with a B average or above; OR
    hold a postgraduate certificate, or postgraduate diploma in a cognate subject with a B average or above;
  • every candidate shall be approved by the faculty dean.

In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, students who do not meet the academic and practical or professional experience requirements above may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying courses the Postgraduate Board of Studies may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.

English language requirements

Applicants without endorsements, or with the Mentoring and Leadership endorsement, or Adult Teaching endorsement:

  • an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0, or equivalent test level;
  • issued within the last two years

Applicants with the Vulnerable Peoples, or Infection Prevention and Control endorsement:

  • an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no band score lower than 7.0, or equivalent test level;
  • issued within the last two years

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Compulsory courses

Select either PROF.9001 or PROF.9002

Course details
PROF.8001 Critical Reflective Practice
Students will explore theories of reflective practice relevant to their specialist field. Students will critically reflect upon and justify their framework for future applied practice.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.9001 Research Project
The aim of this course is to enable students to undertake a research project. Students will develop critical thinking skills for evaluating the quality of research, and for determining the different approaches to research such as quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. Students will also identify an area to research, formulate...
Credits 45 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.9002 Dissertation
Undertake a sustained research project and develop critical analysis skills for evaluating the quality of research, and for determining the different approaches to research such as quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.Identify a relevant area to research, formulate a research proposal including: research questions and theories, conduct literature reviews and select...
Credits 60 Intakes Semester 2

Specialist endorsement courses

Select either PROF.8009 or PROF.8010, and , PROF.8018 or PROF.8015;

Course details
PROF.8008 Exploring the Concept of Vulnerable Populations
Investigate the concept of ‘vulnerable populations’. Critically analyse socio-political, socio-cultural and socio-economic factors that influence the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Also appraise health strategies that aim to reduce vulnerability.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.8009 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
Investigate altered anatomical and physiological processes that impact on health states. Appraise a range of diagnostic tools, holistic therapeutic regimes, and client responses to interventions. Apply holistic advanced nursing assessment and clinical reasoning knowledge for practice for identified vulnerable people.
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8010 Advanced Professional Assessment and Reasoning
The aim of this course is to enable students to investigate the environmental, sociological, political, cultural, economic and psychological factors that impact on well-being of vulnerable peoples and their families/whānau. By the employment of a variety of assessment tools for identification of issues, the student will apply advanced professional reasoning...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.8015 Ngā Tikanga Rangahau: Research Protocols
The course will enable students to critically analyse quantitative, qualitative, and kaupapa Māori approaches to research. Students will formulate a research question, literature review, ethics and the necessity for a kaupapa Māori research framework where required, research theories and an appropriate methodology to create a research proposal.
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
PROF.8017 Clinical Supervision
The aim of this course is to enable students to investigate principles of clinical supervision for professional practice. Students will use theoretically informed practices in implementing an effective clinical supervision relationship.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8018 Transforming Health Outcomes of Vulnerable Populations
The aim of this course is to enable students to research a population group experiencing vulnerability within a community, analyse issues experienced by this population group and develop rationalised strategies that aim to positively transform health outcomes.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1

*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

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