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Master of Professional Practice


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • 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.

Delivered by a combination of block courses and online delivery, 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 will learn

There are three pathways for completing the master's:

  • 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 will 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 Master's 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.

Application process

Covid-19 vaccination information
In light of the pandemic, it is highly recommended that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 if you want to apply for this programme. 

  1. Apply online or download and complete an Application to Enrol Form.
  2. Complete the online Self-Disclosure Form. If you have applied in hard copy, you will also need to complete a Self-Disclosure Form, if you have applied online this form is included as part of the online application process.
    • As a part of the self-disclosure form, please select the module(s) you wish to enrol into. Details of the modules can be found in our Postgraduate Guide. If you are not sure which modules best compliment your area of work, please tick “unsure” and we will contact you. (Students studying part-time usually take one module per semester.)
    • If you would like to discuss pathway options or modules, you can also email the postgraduate team at  This will enable us to assess your application further.
  3. If applying in hard copy, and if you are unsure that you meet the entry criteria, complete the Additional Information Form. If applying online, and if you are unsure that you meet the entry criteria, select discretionary entrance and this form is then included as part of the online application process.
  4. If you have them, provide certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
  5. We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you are a domestic student, we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN), if we can not access your NSN number, you will need to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.

Once you have submitted your application

  • You will receive confirmation that your application has been received and will let you know if there is anything additional that we need from you.
  • You may be asked to attend an interview with one of our tutors - this is an opportunity for you to discuss your study plans and opportunities within the School. 
  • Your application will be assessed, and you will be informed of the outcome. 
  • If you are accepted to study, you will be sent an enrolment offer letter – you will need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.


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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To check what you need to gain direct entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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.

Programme information will be emailed to you approximately 2–4 weeks before your first workshop or at the start of your module.

What you will need

Logins for computer access
All course information, workshop timetables, and relevant content will be available online through Moodle.

Computer requirements
We require students to have access to to a device, such as a laptop or a smartphone, that has access to a video player, PDF reader and Microsoft software. Find more about device specifications here. For the Pharmacology module, Scopia is required.

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 - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

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. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out 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:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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