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Master of Professional Practice


Course details

  • Jul 2020
    Feb 2021
  • 18 months
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Fees dependent on modules selected
  • Level 9
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme will assist practitioners in gaining advanced knowledge and skills to effectively manage the demands of rapidly changing, and increasingly complex health and social care practice environments.

This programme is delivered by a combination of block courses and online. A candidate may take up to four years to complete this programme.

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

What you'll learn

There are three pathways for completing the Masters:

  • Research in Practice
  • Practice Development
  • Industry-based Project

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Group A: Core modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HSIP807Professional Practice in Context830

Group B: Pathway one - Research in Practice

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites

Group C: Pathway two - Practice Development

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites




Evidence and Inquiry in Practice,


Research for Practice







HSIP902Evidence-based Practice Project930

HSHS805 or


HSIP904Advanced Practice Development930

HSHS805 or



Group D: Pathway three - Industry-based Project

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HSIP806Designing Practice830HSIP807
HSIP901Industry-based Project960

HSIP807 and



Group E: Elective modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HSHS807Care of the Older Person830
HSHS811Transformative Praxis in Postcolonial Aotearoa New Zealand830  
HSHS815Midwifery Praxis 1830  
HSHS816 Midwifery Praxis 2830HSHS815
HSIP801Leadership and Management in Professional Practice 1830  
HSIP802Leadership and Management in Professional Practice 2830HSIP801 
HSIP803Facilitating Learning in Professional Practice830  
HSIP804Coaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision830  
HSIP805Evidence and Inquiry in Practice830  
HSIP808Research for Practice830  
HSIP810Professional Supervision 1830  
HSIP811Professional Supervision 2830HSIP810 
HSIP813Palliative Care830  
HSIP815Supervised Critical Enquiry830Two modules at level 8 
HSIP816Mental Health and Addiction Practice830  
 An approved level 8 module from another Wintec postgraduate programme    

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 students 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 students' 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.

Career/further 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. 

Graduate stories

Whānau is everything for four Māori Masters graduates

Gaining a Master in Professional Practice is a step towards a PhD for Natalie Lewis, who has held various senior roles over the past 21 years since joining the second intake of the Tihei Mauri Ora Māori Nursing at Wintec, she is currently clinical nurse specialist Hauora ihub at Waikato DHB.

For those wanting to set out on a study pathway, she says “go for it, we need more Māori academics to lead the way for our people, to be role models and to believe in ourselves".

“I left school at age 14, had my daughter when I was 17, and couldn’t read, write or do maths that well. I asked for help when training to be a nurse, learnt how to do maths and read medical terminology, and attended the learning skills centre to learn how to write assignments. I worked my butt off to pass my diploma in nursing; I failed and resat six months later. With determination and whānau support you can do anything. If I didn’t complete my Masters, I would regret not furthering my studies.” Read more.

Wintec Māori Masters graduates Natalie Lewis, Janette Ngaheu and Myra Pourau at their graduation.


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


Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have:
i) A bachelor degree in a health or social practice discipline, with a minimum grade average of B overall; or
ii) A qualification approved as equivalent by the Postgraduate Team Manager; and
iii) A minimum of two years of graduate professional experience in a health and/or social practice area of practice, demonstrated in a professional portfolio; and
iv) Where appropriate, current registration with the relevant New Zealand professional body.

Special admission

Candidates who have not gained a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline but who meet all other requirements will be required to submit a portfolio to the CHASP Postgraduate Programme Committee and, if the application is successful, may be admitted on an equivalent basis.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates must complete their application for selection at least two months prior to the commencement of the programme. Applications received after this point will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
b) Candidates may be required to attend an individual interview.

English language requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) Academic band score of 7.0, with no individual band score less than 7.0; or equivalent.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Welcome information will be emailed to all enrolled students approximately 2 – 4 weeks prior to the first workshop day or start of your online course.

Please read the information below about your first day.

What you will need

It is important to tick the ‘Yes’ box on the Enrolment Offer form emailed from Wintec Student Enrolment & Information Centre and return this as soon as possible.  If this is not done your enrolment cannot be completed and access to online resources will not be possible.

Wintec Logins for Computer Access:
Your course outline, workshop timetables and relevant content will be available online.  You can access this from ‘Moodle’ via Wintec’s student portal ‘MyLearning’.

Computer Requirements: 
We require students to have access to/use Microsoft Office 365, Windows Media player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, an anti-virus programme and have access to the internet.  For the Pharmacology module: Scopia is required.

We invite you to view the information at the following link to the Introduction to Postgraduate Health and Social Practice moodle site:

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

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