Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Science


This new postgraduate diploma allows students to develop their expertise in sport science and health industries. 

The one-year diploma can lead to career pathways in high performance sport, non-clinical health, or fast-track careers of existing professionals in those industries. 

Why study a PGDipSS at UC? 

  • Specialist diploma in sport science.
  • Findings from the 2013 Sport and Recreation Sector Workforce to 2026 Survey indicate that in 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.
  • UC has the top ranked research department in New Zealand for ‘other health studies’ (the most recent Tertiary Education Commission 2012 PBRF Assessment).
  • The field of sports science is developing rapidly and so this diploma will allow students to stand out in a competitive job market.  

Note that this qualification is only open to enrolments for study in 2018.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

You should have completed a sport and/or science-related New Zealand degree, or equivalent, and normally should have achieved at least a B average in 300-level courses in this degree. 

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma of Sport Science or use the admission requirements checker. 

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The PGDipSS requires 120 points of coursework. It would normally be completed full-time over one year. 

Students can start in February or July. 

Subjects and courses

PGDipSS requires 120 points of coursework, with some compulsory courses. 

Compulsory courses:

  • SSCI 403 The Competitive Edge: Innovation in Sport Science (30 pts)
  • SSCI 404 Advanced Internship for Sport Science (30 pts).

Optional courses:

  • 60 pts selected from a list of courses in Schedule B of the Master of Sport Science. Courses cover areas such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, sport nutrition or health behaviour change.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Students can go on to study a Master of Sport Science or a PhD in Health Sciences or Biological Sciences. 

Career opportunities

Graduates of this new 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.

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Science.

For study planning help contact the School of Health Sciences or:

College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Ōrakipaoa Building
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 343 7737
Email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz