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Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Courses have compulsory contact workshops
  • 1 year full-time; or up to 4 years part-time
  • Not available for international students

Take the next step in your nursing career

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (PGDipNurs) will advance your practice and prepare you for further development towards senior nursing roles. The Registered Nurse prescribing pathway is approved by the Nursing Council and meets the education requirements for authorisation with the Council as a designated prescriber.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Most students like you undertaking postgraduate study in Nursing are in full-time practice and study part-time.

Several postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered via ‘distance or block mode’ with compulsory face-to-face teaching in on-campus contact workshops, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This is designed to make the courses available to students in employment and located at a distance from the university.

Develop your practice

Students like you initially enrol in the postgraduate certificate to develop clinical knowledge and skills. You then study towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or progress to a Master of Nursing as preparation for advanced practice roles and/or Nurse Practitioner registration.

You can complete a postgraduate diploma that meets the Nursing Council education requirements for authorisation with the Council as a designated prescriber.

Learn from the best in your field

You’ll learn from academics and professional clinicians who are highly experienced registered nurses. Their expertise in practice and research drives the development of relevant, up-to-date course content, teaching, and assessment of your work.

You’ll be supported all the way

There is always plenty of help at hand. Along with contact with your lecturers, Learning Consultants in the Centre for Teaching and Learning are available to support your study and academic writing skills. Each library has a subject librarian who supports you on campus or at a distance.

Number one school for research

Massey’s School of Nursing has been ranked number one in New Zealand in the most recent 2012 Performance-Based Research Funding (PBRF) rankings. PBRF ranks all university programmes for their research excellence. 

A good fit if you:

  • Successfully completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Wish to develop and advance your professional practice
  • Seek to enhance your contribution to people’s health and wellbeing
Louise Chan
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing
Clinical Nurse Specialist - Southern District Health Board

“I have studied the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing with the aim of completing a Master of Nursing and entering onto the Nurse Practitioner Training Programme…”

I chose Massey University because of the Nurse Practitioner Training Programme accredited funding through Health Workforce New Zealand and the versatility of attending three different campuses for courses and therefore meeting nurses from all over the country.

I am very impressed with the ongoing direction and support I have received from Massey University with regards to my chosen pathway. I have been working in the area of mental health nursing for 17 years and enjoy studying to further my practice and keep me updated with current research and best practice and evidence-based guidelines.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (PGDipNurs) prepares nurses like you for advanced practice and to develop towards senior nursing roles or becoming a registered nurse practitioner.

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