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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours)


Course details


This programme is for those who would like to extend their undergraduate degree with specialist research skills and knowledge in sport and exercise science.

The programme is research intensive and involves papers including Advanced Research Methods (30 credits), a dissertation (60 credits) and a selected specialist area (30 credits).

Our postgraduate sports programmes focus on applied learning, are strongly industry-focused, and supported by a team of highly-skilled academic staff. Students will get to apply their learning in our purpose-built facilities. 

What you'll learn

Students are able to tailor their programme to suit their needs.

There are options in:

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology Sport Coaching
  • Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology

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 compulsory modules

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
SPPG001Advanced Research Methods  30  
SPPG012Dissertation  60  

Group B - Schedule of specialist option modules
All modules listed below have an individual module credit value of 30 credits.

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
SPPG002Advanced Topics in Sport Psychology 830SPBS707 
SPPG003Advanced Topics in Biomechanics830SPBS706 
SPPG004Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 830SPBS703 
SPPG005Advanced Topics in Nutrition 830SPBS708 
SPPG006BAdvanced Sports Coaching830SPBS702B 
SPPG007Advanced Topics in Rehabilitation 830SPBS709 
SHPG009 ^Professional Practice860Relevant postgraduate speciality course 
SPPG010Advanced Vocational Elective830 
SPPG011 #Special Topic 830 
SPPG015Clinical Exercise Physiology830SPBS711 
SHPG016​Strength and Conditioning
^ Recommended to have completed a Postgraduate Specialist module.
# Candidates intending to enter the Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) programme upon completion of their Postgraduate Diploma in Exercise Science should include these modules in their programme of study.

Graduate profiles


Honours student TJ talks about his experience studying the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours) at Wintec.

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Wintec graduate Josh Trewin says he feels lucky to be working as Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club’s Sport Science and Performance Specialist.

We don’t think luck has got anything to do with it.

The 27-year-old Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours) graduate has put in the hard yards to get where is he today.

Read more.

Additional information

Students will study at Wintec’s Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance which is located at the Rotokauri Campus. The laboratories are fully equipped and accredited with Sport Science New Zealand and are amongst New Zealand's best sport science facilities. Students will have access to ‘state of the art’ sport testing and consulting, as used by national and international athletes.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed as a tertiary teacher, in research and sport consultancy, and more specialised roles in sport science at regional and national level, or enter into further tertiary study at Master or Doctorate level.

Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Applicants are required to have gained a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at the Waikato Institute of Technology, with a grades average of B or better in the final year of full-time study (or equivalent in part-time study), and a grade of B or better in the third year research project (or equivalent); or
b) Have an equivalent undergraduate degree.

Selection criteria

a) Every applicant will attend a selection interview.
b) Where there are more applications than the number of places available, selection will be determined on the basis of:
  i) academic ability as demonstrated in the applicant’s undergraduate degree, and
  ii) prior experience in sport and exercise science.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; 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.

Year 1 students starting Semester 1

Date: Tuesday 11 February 2020 
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Please bring a pen and notebook on your first day.

You will need to bring ID documents for Police vetting. If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act or the safety checking process, click here

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

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

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

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

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Sport items are available throughout the year. Please ​ check with your tutor if you need to purchase anything.

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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Prospectus (course guide)

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