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​​​​​​​Master of Professional Practice


  • Start Dates: Please refer to the module that you wish to enrol in, in the 2017 Postgraduate Health and Social Practice Brochure for individual start dates
  • One year full-time, or part-time equivalent
  • Fees Domestic: TBC
  • City Campus, Hamilton
  • Applications close in December or June (late applications may be considered)

The Master of Professional Practice will assist health and social care practitioners in gaining advanced knowledge and skills to effectively manage the demands of rapidly changing and increasingly complex environments. It will enable you to participate effectively in the health or social practice workforce as highly skilled, knowledgeable and confidant practitioners able to work across professional boundaries to respond to real world problems.

Note: The Master of Professional Practice does not lead to a professional registration.

How you'll study

The focus of learning in the programme will include working reflexively with clients and communities within differing interprofessional collaborations and relationships. It will enable you to engage in transformative learning strategies that build on the strengths, knowledge, skills and relationships acquired as experienced practitioners. This practice based learning approach will enhance your ability to engage in future professional and work related challenges.

Focus On Research

The Centre for Health and Social Practice has a flourishing research culture. Excellence in research is achieved through adopting a holistic philosophy and pursuing an interprofessional and multi-method approach.

Programme Content

There are three pathways for completing your Masters:

Pathway 1 – Research in Practice
HSIP807 Professional Practice in Context
HSIP903 Dissertation
And two elective modules

Pathway 2 – Practice Development
HSIP807 Professional Practice in Context
HSIP805 Evidence and Inquiry in Practice,
HSIP808 Research for Practice
HSIP902 Evidence-based Practice Project
HSIP904 Advanced Practice Development
And two elective modules

Pathway 3 – Industry-based Project
HSIP807 Professional Practice in Context
HSIP806 Designing Practice
HSIP901 Industry-based Project
And two elective modules

Elective modules
HSHS807 Care of the Older Person
HSHS811 Transformative Praxis in Postcolonial Aotearoa New Zealand
HSHS815 Midwifery Praxis I
HSHS816 Midwifery Praxis II
HSIP801 Leadership and Management in Professional Practice
HSIP802 Leadership and Management in Professional Practice
HSIP803 Facilitating Learning in Professional Practice
HSIP804 Coaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision
HSIP805 Evidence and Inquiry in Practice
HSIP814 Health and Wellbeing in the Primary Health Care and Community Context
HSIP808 Research for Practice
HSIP809 Special Topic
HSIP810 Professional Supervision 1
HSIP811 Professional Supervision 2
HSIP812 Care and Protection
HSIP813 Palliative Care
An approved level 8 30 credit module from another Wintec postgraduate programme.

Note: Not all modules will be offered every year.

Graduate Opportunities

The Master of Professional Practice will offer health and social practice practitioners a pathway into an advanced level qualification that is focused on practice scholarship for changing workforce needs. It provides practice and research pathways for those students graduating with an undergraduate degree in a health and/or social practice discipline.  The Master of Professional Practice will provide learning opportunities at an advanced practice level, focusing on practice scholarship for health and social practice practitioners working in specialist or advanced practice. It will enable practitioners working in a range of roles within health and social practice contexts such as managers, clinical educators or professional supervisors to undertake a higher level qualification focused on their area of practice. 

Entry Criteria

To enter this programme, you must have a Bachelor degree in a health or social practice discipline with a grade average of B or better, and have a minimum of two years full time (or equivalent) of graduate experience in a health or social practice sector demonstrated in a professional portfolio.

Download the full programme regulations:

Computer requirements

To access these web-enhanced or fully online modules, you are required to have access to/use:
- Windows 7 upwards
- Internet Explorer 9 upwards (or Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/Safari)
- Microsoft Office 2010 upwards
- Windows Media Player
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- An Anti-Virus programme
- Updated Flash version for video on YouTube

Ensure your device has the latest Microsoft Windows or Mac updates installed.

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If you have any enrolment questions, send them to​ and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

To discuss your pathway options within the programme and what modules would best compliment your area of work, contact the postgraduate team at


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