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Master of Science (Human Performance Science)


Course details

  • Jul 2020
    Feb 2021
  • One and a half years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,356* per year
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 9
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


This programme is designed for those who wish to extend their undergraduate degree with highly specialised knowledge in sport and exercise science, rehabilitation, and movement related professions. It is most suited to those who are wanting to continue onto a Doctoral programme or into higher level positions in the workforce.

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. 

Students will will study at Wintec’s Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance. 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.

There are two pathways available:

  • Thesis pathway
  • Dissertation pathway

View programme modules

Group A Compulsory modules for Master of Science (Human Performance Science) by Dissertation

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
SPPG017Human Performance Science Innovations815 SPPG019
SPPG019Advanced Research Methods815 SPPG017

Group B Compulsory for Master of Science (Human Performance Science) by Thesis

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
SPPG017Human Performance Science Innovations8 15 SPPG019
SPPG019Advanced Research Methods8 15 SPPG017


Group C Specialist optional modules can be chosen from the following Wintec Postgraduate Sport and Exercise Science modules listed in the table below

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
SPPG002Health and Wellness Psychology830  
SPPG003Advanced Topics in Biomechanics830  
SPPG004Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 830  
SPPG005Advanced Topics in Sport Nutrition 830  
SPPG007​Advanced Topics in Rehabilitation830  
SPPG015Clinical Exercise Physiology830 
SPPG016​Strength and Conditioning

SPPG018Work Integrated Practice830  

Student profiles

Farah Mohamed

Farah Mohamed is the supervisor of Wintec's Biokinetic clinic. Farah is also completing her post graduate study in clinical exercise physiology. As an international student Farah has maximised her time here at Wintec. 

Wintec sport science student Terrina Chapman is working to reduce netball injury

Terrina Chapman

Netball is New Zealand’s most popular women’s sport, attracting more than 300,000 players each year.

The fast-paced nature of the game - which makes it so thrilling to play and watch – also means that ankle injuries are exceptionally common, with at least 500 Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) claims received each year for ankle injuries that occur during outdoor netball alone.

Wintec Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) student, Terrina Chapman, is hoping her research will help reduce the number of ankle-related injuries in the game. Read more.

Career/further opportunities

The Master of Science (Human Performance Science) may lead to employment as a tertiary teacher, research and sport consultant, or an individual and team sport trainer and conditioner.

Upon completion of this programme further tertiary study at Doctorate level can be undertaken. This programme also provides a pathway into further study in dietetics or physiotherapy.


Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have:

  • A Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science with a minimum B grade (65%) in the third year; or
  • A corresponding NZ Bachelor degree with a minimum B grade (65%) in the third year; or
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science with a minimum B grade average; or
  • A corresponding NZ Postgraduate Diploma with a minimum B grade average; or
  • Equivalent.

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the general admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success  may be eligible for special admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.  Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

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) Every applicant will attend a selection interview.

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.

Safety check 

In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and Wintec 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.

Persons who are convicted of ‘specified offences’ will not be accepted onto any programme that requires that Person to work in an organisation providing a regulated service.

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Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

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 February 2020

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

Year 1 students starting July 2020

Date: Wednesday 8 July 2020
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

This is for all students who are new to the Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance- returning students do not need to attend.
Programme specific sessions will be organised during week 1. 

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 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

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. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

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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Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

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