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Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Science

  • ID:UC640073
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • To enrol, you should have previously completed a sport and/or science-related Aotearoa New Zealand degree, or an equivalent qualification, and normally should have achieved at least a B Grade Point Average in your 300-level courses

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 176 with at least 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • NZCEL:  Level 5

Course Information

This Diploma allows students to develop their expertise in sport science and health industries.

The one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Science (PGDipSS) can lead to career pathways in high performance sport, non-clinical health, or fast-track careers of existing professionals in those industries.

  • Specialist diploma in sport science.
  • Findings from the 2013 Sport and Recreation Sector Workforce to 2026 Survey indicate that in Aotearoa New Zealand, up to 44,000 new staff will be required in the sector due to growth and retirements by 2026.
  • Lecturers are involved in sport science or health as active researchers and supervisors, as well as serving professional bodies in their discipline.
  • The field of sports science is developing rapidly and so this Diploma will allow students to stand out in a competitive job market.

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Compulsory courses:

  • SSCI 403 The Competitive Edge: Innovation in Sport Science
  • SSCI 404 Advanced Internship for Sport Science

Optional courses:

60 points in total are selected from the following list of courses.

The courses SSCI 407 and SSCI 408 will be offered and tailored to the direction of study for each student.

Courses cover such areas as exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, sport nutrition, or health behaviour change.

  • SSCI 407 Advanced Strength and Conditioning (30 pts)
  • SSCI 408 Sport Science Independent Study (30 pts)
  • BIOL 462 Medical Biochemistry (15 pts)
  • BIOL 481 Environmental Animal Physiology (15 pts)
  • HLTH 409 Health and Culture (30 pts)
  • HLTH 430 Motivating Behaviour Change I (30 pts)
  • HLTH 431 Motivating Behaviour Change II (30 pts)
  • HLTH 463 Whānau and Community Health (30 pts)
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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Master of Sport Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Graduates of this Diploma will have a solid grounding in modern sport science. Potential roles for graduates include:

  • Sports Scientist/Strength and Conditioning Specialist positions in professional sport, working with teams or individual athletes, or in national and international sporting organisations
  • Development officer for professional sporting and health orientated organisations
  • Corporate and community health and fitness consultant
  • Health promotion/lifestyle consultant
  • Athletic/sports programme coordinator.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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