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Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science


Course details


This programme is for those who want to extend their knowledge in sport and exercise science, and is designed to build on an undergraduate degree or equivalent industry experience with further specialist knowledge.

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 will learn

Students can tailor their study towards their speciality areas or where their interest lies.

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Sport nutrition
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Strength and conditioning

View programme modules

Each student's programme will comprise modules totalling 120 credits from the list below.

Students who intend to seek entry to the Master of Science (Human Performance Science) programmes should have passed two other modules from the list, with an average grade of B or better.

Students may include in their programme, in place of one of the modules listed in section 6 of these regulations, an advanced vocational elective module or modules totalling a minimum of 30 credits, which must be at Level 7 or above, from any programme at the Waikato Institute of Technology or another tertiary institution, subject to the following restrictions:

a) The elective modules must be approved by the Team Manager as appropriate for the programme and to the student's intended career.

b) The student must have fulfilled any pre-requisite requirements of the elective module or modules.

c) Where an elective module is at Level 7, students will complete extra work under supervision, as approved by the Team Manager, to make the module equivalent to a Level 8 module.

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
SPPG019Advanced Research Methods*815
SPPG023Health and Wellness Psychology815  
SPPG003Advanced Topics in Biomechanics830  
SPPG004Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology830  
SPPG005Advanced Topics in Sport Nutrition830  
SPPG007Advanced Topics in Rehabilitation830  
SPPG009 ^Professional Practice860Relevant postgraduate speciality course  
SPPG010Advanced Vocational Elective830  
SPPG011 Special Topic830  
SPPG015Clinical Exercise Physiology830  
SHPG016Strength and Conditioning 830SPBS604  
SPPG017Human Performance Science Innovations815  
SPPG021Performance Analysis 830  
SPPG022Advance Performance Analysis 830SPPG021 

^ Recommended to have completed a Postgraduate specialist module.

*Candidates intending to enter the Master of Science (Human Performance Science) programme upon completion of their Postgraduate Diploma in Exercise Science should include these modules in their programme of study.

Additional information

Students will study at the Wintec Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance which is located at the Rotokauri Campus. The laboratories are fully equipped and accredited with Sport and Exercise 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 opportunities

Graduates may be employed in specialised roles in sport science research; the fitness industry; individual and team sport training and consultancy and regional and national sporting organisation positions. Example roles include strength and conditioning coach, clinical exercise physiologist, and performance analyst.

There is a growing demand for quality Strength and Conditioners from the Waikato region's sport performance community so we have developed a Postgraduate module in Strength and Conditioning. Read about women in strength and conditioning on our blog here​. 


Entry criteria

General academic admission

Applicants are required to have gained:

  • an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science with a grades average of B or better in the final year of full-time study (or equivalent in part-time study), conferred by a New Zealand tertiary education institution, or
  • a qualificationwith a grades average of B or better in the final year of full-time study (or equivalent in part-time study), industry experience and/or informal transfer of credit approved as equivalent by the Sport Science Postgraduate Programme Committee.

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.

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. 

Person’s 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.

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.

Semester 2 2024

Whānau evening:
Date: Monday 15 July 2024
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2024
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 - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about 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

You will need to purchase a sports t-shirt as part of your uniform for practical placements. Sports items are available throughout the year. Please​ check with your tutor if you need to purchase anything else.

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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