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Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science incorporating Graduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 7)


Course details


This programme is designed for students who wish to pursue further study in the area of sport and exercise science. This programme will help students to pursue a career in the sport and exercise science area, or the programme can be used to complement a student's first degree with specific sports and exercise science knowledge and skills.

Students will be able to specialise in one of the following key pathways:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Clinical exercise science (this pathway is REPS accredited)

Work placement and practical classes are a core part of this programme.

This programme may lead into postgraduate study including a Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Science). 

What you will learn

This graduate diploma is comprised of one compulsory and seven elective modules totalling a minimum of 120 credits. Each candidate's final module selection must be signed-off by our programme coordinator, prior to enrolment.

View programme modules

Group A
(compulsory module for Graduate Diploma)

Module code Module name Level Credits StreamPre-requisites
SPHP710BResearch Topics in Sport and Exercise Exercise730Both 

Group B

Module code Module name Level Credits StreamPre-requisites
SPHP504Exercise Programming and Design515Human Performance Science
SPHP508Lifestyle, Nutrition and Health515Both
SPHP603Exercise Physiology



SPHP604Advanced Programming and Design615BothSPHP504
SPHP701Assessment and Rehabilitation of Injury
715Clinical Exercise


SPHP702Advanced Sport Coaching 715Human Performance ScienceSPHP602
SPHP703Physiological Preparation for Sport715Human Performance Science
SPHP711Clinical Exercise Physiology715Clinical Exercise
SPHP714Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning715Human Performance Science



 Any other approved 15 credit module5, 5 or 715  

* Not all modules may be offered within a given year.

All students will be individually mentored by the Team Manager to ensure that the modules they choose meet all academic requirements.

Career/further opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science may lead to employment as an exercise consultant, exercise therapist or a rehabilitation coach.

Biokinetic Clinic

Located at our Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, the Biokinetic Clinic is unique with only a handful of its kind in the country. The clinic provides a specialised exercise prescription for individuals living with chronic conditions, or those recovering muscular-skeletal injuries and provides our degree and postgraduate students real work experience in a teaching clinic that supports the professional development of Clinical Exercise Physiologists.

Having access to clients before completion of their studies gives our students real-life experience that is invaluable to their professional development. Not only will they graduate with the technical knowledge, they will also be skilled in the areas of clinical life that only comes from practice.


Entry criteria

Candidates are required to:
i) be an three year Allied Health or Physical Education related  degree graduate from a New Zealand Institution or an Approved and Accredited Institution overseas, or 
ii) be able to demonstrate appropriate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience.

Selection criteria 
a) Candidates will be required to submit supporting evidence of their qualification or a transcript from NZQA stating the equivalence of their qualification.
b)Every applicant will be required to undergo a selection interview.

Safety check
In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children’s Act, 2014  and Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students will be subjected to safety checks.  These will include but are not limited to;
• A formal interview
• Referee checks
• A police vet check
• A risk assessment

Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study.  Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period.  A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme.

English language requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; 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.

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Whānau morning:
Date: Tuesday 11 July 2023
Time: To be confirmed
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

Date: Tuesday 11 July 2023
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

Returning students, please check your timetable below for your first day of class.

What you will need

​Please bring a pen and notebook on your first day, and we recommend that you bring a personal device that can connect to the internet (laptop, smartphone, tablet etc).

You will also need to bring ID documents for Police vetting. Please click here for more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act, the safety checking process, and what forms of ID you need to bring.

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

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

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:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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