Postgraduate Education

Postgraduate Education is a formal education programme within a university or approved tertiary provider. The education programme leads to completion of a qualification at Level 8 or 9 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework such as a Bachelor of Nursing (BN) (Hons), Postgraduate certificate, Postgraduate diploma or Masters Degree. Postgraduate Education for nurses is encouraged and supported by BOPDHB because it assists to:-

  • Develop expert practice and advanced practice roles
  • Improve the delivery of nursing care by encouraging the application of evidence based practice
  • Improve health outcomes
  • Promote ongoing professional development for nurses


HWNZ funded courses

There is funding made available through HWNZ if you, and the course you want to do, meet certain criteria. This funding covers course fees and release time for your studies and in some cases subsidy towards travel and accommodation costs.

The aim of the handbook is to assist with the meeting of the requirements of HWNZ and minimise barriers to nurses entering Postgraduate Education. It also provides you some information about the support for professional development and Postgraduate Education opportunities.

Postgraduate Nursing HWNZ Funding applications for 2019 are now open until 15th October 2018.

Please read the HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Funding Information  prior to applying.

Click onto the following for more information:


For further information contact:

Liz Buckley
Coordinator Practice Development
021 472 843


Last updated: August 29, 2018