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Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 7)


  • Semester 1 starts February 2018
  • One year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Fee Guideline: $6,978* (Per Year) (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton

The Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 7) is designed for you if you wish to pursue further study in the area of sport and exercise science. This programme will help you to pursue a career in the sport and exercise science area or it can be used to complement your first degree with specific sports and exercise science knowledge and skills.

If you already have an Allied Health or Physical Education degree but sport science and human performance is where you really want to further your knowledge, this programme provides you with a lot of options. You will be to specialise in one of the following key pathways: 

  1. Strength and Conditioning
  2. Clinical Exercise Science

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

What You'll Study

The Graduate Diploma is comprised of 1 compulsory and 7 elective modules totalling a minimum of 120 credits. Each candidate shall:

  • Complete the compulsory module: SPHP610 Research Methods in Sport and Exercise, totalling 15 credits.
  • Complete a further 7 modules totalling a minimum of 105 credits from Group B, of which at least 75 credits must be at a level 7.

Each candidate's final module selection must be signed-off by the programme co-ordinator, prior to enrolment.


Schedule of Modules

Group A
(compulsory module for Graduate Diploma)

Module Code Module Name Level Credits StreamPre-requisites
SPHP610Research Methods in Sport and Exercise615Both

Group B

Module Code Module Name Level Credits StreamPre-requisites
SPHP504Exercise Programming and Design515Both
SPHP508Lifestyle, Nutrition and Health515Rehab
SPHP604Advanced Programming and Design615BothSPHP504
SPHP603Exercise Physiology615PE/Coaching



SPHP702Advanced Sport Coaching 715PE/CoachingSPHP602
SPHP701Assessment and Rehabilitation of Injury715RehabSPHP601
SPHP711Clinical Exercise Physiology715Rehab
SPPG010Advanced Vocational Module830Both
* Not all electives 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 e.g. pre-requisites.

Graduate Opportunities

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

Entry Criteria

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

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. 

Download the full programme regulations:

Application Process

1. Check that you meet the entry criteria.

2. Submit your Application to Enrol form as well as complete this form.

Identification checking

Candidate must also provide with their application:

  • A primary identification document (original birth certificate,  ( NZ full birth certificate that is issued on or after 1 January 1998 and that carries a unique identification number. Note: if the birth certificate was issued before 1998 it can be verified by a Justice of the Peace. ) passport, citizenship certificate, NZ certificate of identification or a NZ firearms licence); AND
  • A second form of official identification that shows the claimed identity is used in the community (driver licence, HANZ 18+ card or IRD number); AND
  • One of the two forms of identification must be photographic, verified in person against the candidate.

3. Receive acknowledgement of your application

4. Application outcome - You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application

5. Confirmation of entry - You will be sent a letter of offer - you need to sign and return the letter to accept your place.

Additional Information

The Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance offers the opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills with research based postgraduate qualifications up to master’s level.

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.

Postgraduate students are supported by leading researchers to explore specialised areas and develop learnings that can be applied in industry. If you already have an undergraduate degree in sport science contact us to talk about your options.​

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