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What will I learn?

Students will learn the principles of anatomy and physiology, health and nutrition, and massage therapy. They will gain hands-on experience in our modern clinic, practising massage techniques on each other, as well as clients. Students will also learn basic business skills.

Massage academic staff are qualified with extensive industry experience, enabling students to learn best practice in preparation for graduating.

Students will graduate with the skills and knowledge to provide wellness and relaxation massage therapy services. They will also meet the requirements of Massage New Zealand (MNZ) to be a Registered Massage Therapist.

This programme is a prerequisite course for students who wish to pathway on to becoming therapeutic massage therapists.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be qualified to be employed or self-employed as wellness and relaxation massage therapists in a broad range of wellness and relaxation massage setting such as:

  • Home-based massage therapy or mobile clinics
  • Community based massage therapy clinics
  • Multi-disciplinary clinics
  • Sports settings (non-injury work)
  • Spa based massage therapy clinics

This programme provides a pathway to and is a pre-requisite for the New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6) and the Bachelor in Massage Therapy (Level 7)

Further study can be undertaken in aroma science, reflexology and beauty/ spa therapy.

Students who wish to be employed as remedial massage therapist will be required to undertake further study.

Which department am I in?

Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$18,575.00 (US$ 13,279) per year
Start date

February 2022


Rotokauri Campus

Student Hub,

51 Akoranga Rd,



3200, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

Completed the Te Ara Pūtake: My Academic Pathway programme (Health pathway);
Or an equivalent qualification.

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

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.