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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'll learn

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

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sport Coaching
  • Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Strength and Conditioning

View programme modules

Each candidate’s programme will comprise four modules from the list below.

Candidates who intend to seek entry to the Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) programmes, should include the modules SPPG001 and SPPG011 in their programme of study for the Postgraduate Diploma. Successful completion of these two modules, and two other modules from the list, with an average grade of B or better, will enable candidates to apply for entry to the Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) programmes.

Candidates 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 candidate’s intended career.

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

c) Where an elective module is at Level 7, candidates 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
SPPG001 *#Advanced Research Methods*#830SPBS610 
SPPG002Health and Wellness Psychology830  
SPPG003Advanced Topics in Biomechanics830  
SPPG004Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology830  
SPPG005Advanced Topics in Sport Nutrition830  
SPPG006BAdvanced Sports Coaching830
SPPG007Advanced Topics in Rehabilitation830  
SPPG009 ^Professional Practice^860Relevant postgraduate speciality course 
SPPG010Advanced Vocational Elective830  
SPPG011 #Special Topic#830  
SPPG015Clinical Exercise Physiology830SPBS711 
SHPG016Strength and Conditioning 830



* This module is not available for transfer of credit towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science

^ 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.

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 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.

Year 1 students starting February 2020

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

Year 1 students starting July 2020

Date: Friday 10 July
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.

Bring ID documents for Police vetting. If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act or the safety checking process, you can visit 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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Health status



Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

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