Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Professional Studies

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkairua Taura Ako Mātanga Mahi
Code WR3106
Level 8
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2, July, November
Study options Full-time, Part-time
Part-time study will take 3 years to complete
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Further study Master of Applied Professional Studies - Mentoring and Leadership Master of Applied Professional Studies - Adult Teaching Master of Applied Professional Studies - Vulnerable Peoples Master of Applied Professional Studies - Infection Prevention and Control
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950
IntakesFebruary, July, November
Minimum IELTS6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0 (Mentoring and Leadership, Adult Teaching), 7 in all bands (Infection Prevention and Control, Vulnerable Peoples)
Duration (length of study)1 year
Application Checklist and RequirementsView the information page to see what documents you must supply with your application.
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Programme aim

Further your knowledge and professional practice within your field of practice. In this programme students will apply advanced knowledge in a range of contexts that will complement their current experience and/or qualifications.

This qualification enables professionals in leadership roles to maintain currency and develop their discipline by ongoing professional development.

Specialist endorsements in this programme

  • Mentoring and Leadership (Ārahitanga Whakapono)
  • Adult Teaching (Whakaako Pakeke)
  • Vulnerable Peoples (Whakaraerae)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (Ārai Whakapokenga)

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 120 credits, including:

  • 15 credits from compulsory course PROF.8001; and
  • 105 credits from the relevant endorsement list.


  • 15 credits from compulsory course PROF.8001;
  • 90 credits from the relevant endorsement list; and
  • 15 credits from another endorsement.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • supervise and mentor others in their field of study;
  • communicate effectively in an inter and intra cultural environment;
  • work across interdisciplinary boundaries;
  • critically evaluate existing research;
  • use research to solve problems; and
  • work as reflective practitioners.

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
  • Have a degree, graduate certificate, or graduate diploma in a cognate subject; OR have the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies with the relevant endorsement
  • Completion of a post-secondary school diploma in a related discipline at NZQA level 7 or equivalent from a recognised tertiary provider
  • Demonstration of at least two years relevant practical experience with at least two written references (employer and character)
  • 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 dean may prescribe which must be completed either prior to course commencement or concurrently with their study.

English language requirements

Applicants without endorsements or with the Mentoring and Leadership 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

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

Specialist endorsement courses

Mentoring and Leadership: PROF.8002, PROF.8003, PROF.8004, PROF.8014, PROF.8015;
Adult Teaching: PROF.8005, PROF.8006, PROF.8007, PROF.8015, PROF.8016;
Vulnerable Peoples: PROF.8008, PROF.8009 or PROF.8010, PROF.8017, PROF.8018, PROF.8015 or PROF.8019;
Infection Prevention and Control: PROF.8011, PROF.8012, PROF.8013, PROF.8015 or PROF.8019;

Course details
PROF.8002 Professional Leadership
The aim of this course is to assist learners to develop and justify their own sustainable model of leadership within their professional context based on personal values and beliefs and the theories and practices relevant to professional leadership.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8003 The New Zealand Legislative Environment for Professional Leaders
Students will critique the implications of New Zealand legislation on governance and management within a specific professional context. Students will also design processes, policies, procedures and/or guidelines to mitigate the legislative risks.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8004 Building Professional Relationships for Mentoring
The focus of this course is to provide learners with the theoretical and practical knowledge of communication practices for the development of effective professional relationships.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8005 Adult Learning Theory
The aim of this course is to develop a personal learning and teaching framework for application to professional practice. Learners will critically evaluate concepts and principles of adult learning with a focus on the value of the process of learning.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8006 Assessing for Learning
The aim of this course is to advance skills in assessing learners to support effective learning and for determining overall achievement. The course will develop learners’ ability to assess students to improve their learning (formative or diagnostic assessment) and to assess overall achievement of prescribed outcomes. It will support learners...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8007 Designing Learning Programmes for Adult Learners
The aim of this course is to develop skills in designing courses, programmes and curriculum materials. The course will use concepts of constructive alignment, scaffolding learning, embedding literacy and numeracy and instructional design. Students will improve their capability to develop academically sound, coherent courses, programmes and resources that facilitate effective...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
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.8011 Microbiology and Responses to Infection
Students will acquire theoretical knowledge of the characteristics of common pathogenic microorganisms, antimicrobial resistance, and responses to infection, in order to appraise the impact of microorganisms in health care.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.8012 Healthcare Epidemiology
Students will acquire the knowledge and skills of healthcare epidemiology to be able to evaluate the role of surveillance systems, statistical data, and research studies in preventing, tracing and managing healthcare associated infections.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.8013 Infection Prevention and Control in Practice
Students will evaluate the application of theoretical concepts of infection prevention and control in national and international in nursing and healthcare settings.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8014 Mentoring and Supervision for Professionals
The aim of this course is for learners to critically evaluate the concepts, theories and philosophies of mentoring and/or professional supervision. Learners will develop an effective framework for mentoring and/or professional supervision within their professional context.
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1, 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.8016 Adult Teaching Practice
The aim of this course is to assist students to evaluate and critically reflect on their own approaches to adult teaching practice in response to learner, self, peer and lecturer feedback, and effectively facilitate theory and practical lessons through technology enhanced and face to face learning.
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
PROF.8019 Applied Clinical Research for Health Professionals
The aim of this course is to enable students to develop advanced skills in research methodology and design, with a focus on practice development. Students will investigate the development of clinical research and evidence-based practice, and critique cultural and ethical contexts that influence health research. Additionally, this paper prepares students...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.8020 Healthcare Infection Risk Management
Students will be able to monitor and implement an infection control programme and facilitate a health care risk management process.
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1

Elective courses

Course details

*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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