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Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science


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

Are you interested in extending your knowledge in sport and exercise science? This one year programme is designed for you to build on your undergraduate degree or equivalent industry e​xperience with further specialist knowledge.

There is a growing demand for quality Strength and Conditioners from the Waikato regions 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​

What You'll Study

You can tailor your study towards your specialty areas or where your interest lies.

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


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
SPG002Advanced Topics in Sport Psychology830SPBS707
SPPG003Advanced Topics in Biomechanics830SPBS706
SPPG004Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology830SPBS703
SPPG005Advanced Topics in Nutrition830SPBS708
SPPG006BAdvanced Sports Coaching830SPBS702B
SPPG007Advanced Topics in Rehabilitation830SPBS709
SPPG009 ^Professional Practice^830Relevant postgraduate speciality course
SPPG010Advanced Vocational Elective830
SPPG011 #Special Topic#830
SPPG015Clinical Exercise Physiology830SPBS711
SPPG016Strength 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.

Career Opportunities

The Postgradute Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science may lead to specialised roles in sport science research; the fitness industry; individual and team sport training and consultancy and regional and national sporting organisation positions.

Entry Criteria

  • 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 qualification with 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.​​​​

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

You 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. As a student, you will have access to ‘state of the art’ sport testing and consulting, as used by national and international athletes.

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