What will I learn?

This programme is designed for students who wish to pursue further study in the area of sport and exercise science. This programme will help students to pursue a career in the sport and exercise science area, or the programme can be used to complement a student's first degree with specific sports and exercise science knowledge and skills.

Students will be able to specialise in one of the following key pathways:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Clinical exercise science

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

What You'll Learn

The Graduate Diploma is comprised of 1 compulsory and 7 elective modules totalling a minimum of 120 credits. Each candidate's final module selection must be signed-off by the programme co-ordinator, prior to enrolment.

Career/Further Opportunities

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

Which department am I in?

Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$22,470.00 (US$ 14,100) per year
Start date

February 2020


Rotokauri Campus

Student Hub,

51 Akoranga Rd,



3200, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in relevant area 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 Postgraduate Programme Committee. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); FCE with a pass at Grade B or CAE with a score of 52; NZCEL Level 5 with the academic endorsement; PToE (Academic) score of 50; B2 Communicator with a score of 66 in City & Guilds IESOL.

For international students

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

English Language Requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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