Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science.xml Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

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Graduate DiplomaFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$6,500 - $7,300


February. July start may be available, please enquire.





Course related costs

$500 approximately for textbooks per year, travel to work placements



Domestic Applications due

Received all year, before 30 November

International Applications due

20 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street


Extend your expertise in sports psychology, biomechanics and exercise physiology to aid sporting excellence at all levels.

This programme enables graduates to work with individuals and organisations to achieve identified outcomes in sports psychology, biomechanics and exercise physiology, and sporting excellence at all levels. This is a blended delivery programme, meaning it can be delivered either on campus or remotely.

In this programme you will gain a greater understanding of performance in athletic events through modelling, simulation and measurement. There is a strong focus on sports psychology, investigating psychological factors can affect performance. You will also learn about exercise physiology, the responses and adaptations of the human body to a wide range of physical exercise conditions, and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression.

Our experienced tutors will increase your understanding of sports and biomechanics, looking at the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by these forces. The programme will also focus on the psychology of sports excellence. You will have significant study time for applied research, research projects and work placements.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Diploma you are required to complete 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • A Bachelor of Applied or Health Science or equivalent in any field excluding Sports and Exercise Science or equivalent.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • If your degree was completed more than five years ago you must also have current relevant work experience.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • For acceptable alternatives, including NCEA, refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an international application form and send it back to us.

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diplomas are designed to extend the current knowledge or add new knowledge for undergraduate students from a range of science and health related disciplines. On completion of this programme graduates could progress to a variety of roles related to sports & exercise science. For example, working for a professional sporting franchise, sports national body, clubs (or a collection of clubs) as a consultant, self-employed, a researcher, or teaching.

Study pathways

Graduates could study postgraduate level in sports and exercise science though to PhD level.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science