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Master's degree

Master of Sport Science

03 October 2023

Are you keen to pursue a sports career? UC's Master of Sport Science (MSS) is a coursework-based Master’s degree that enables you to specialise and broaden your expertise. Learn more about studying an MSS through our Te Kaupeka Oranga | Faculty of Health.


Master of Sport Science

Degree Structure - Duration
18 months full-time


Master of Sport Science

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 (February)




2024 tuition fees estimate per 180 points:

  • Domestic — $13,736
  • International — $63,300


Master of Sport Science


For those with an interest in pursuing a career in the sport field, this coursework-based Master’s degree allows you to specialise or broaden your expertise.

Courses will draw on sport science research, as well as experts in the field from within and outside UC, to provide you with contemporary knowledge and skills. You will have flexibility to choose courses covering biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology, sport nutrition, strength and conditioning, and performance analysis.

This 18-month Master’s degree could lead to a career in high performance sport, or allow established professionals to upskill and update their sport science knowledge.

Sport Science

Master of Sport Science

Why study a Master of Sport Science at UC?

  • 18-month applied master’s degree.
  • The Master of Sport Science is designed to meet the need for high-level sport scientists, coaches, and high performance managers employed in professional and semi-professional sport and at various sporting institutes.
  • Lecturers are involved in sport science, coaching, 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 postgraduate degree will allow you to stand out in a competitive job market.
  • If undertaking the dissertation option, you will graduate with the knowledge and skills to pursue entry into a PhD.

Master of Sport Science

Entry requirements

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

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

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

One or more courses or research may require vaccination

The government has announced new vaccination requirements for the health and education sectors. At UC, our programmes are strongly connected to our communities of practice. For many of our programmes, you will not be able to complete research or practice-oriented courses if you are not vaccinated. This is due to research/practice taking place in health centres and schools/kura where all employees and volunteers are required to be vaccinated.

For these courses you will be required to be vaccinated in line with the NZ Government regulations, and supply evidence of your vaccination status.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Sport Science

Subjects and courses

MSS requires 180 points of coursework, including compulsory and elective courses.

Project or dissertation

Choose one of the following:

Elective courses:

Choose one of the following:

Depending on whether you chose the 30-point project or 60-point dissertation, choose another one or two courses from the following:


Please contact the Programme Coordinator for more information on how to enrol in an SSCI course.

Master of Sport Science

Career opportunities

Graduates of this applied master’s degree will have a well-rounded view of 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.

Graduates from the MSS are eligible for accreditation with Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand (SESNZ), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Useful information:


2024 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $13,736
  • International — $63,300

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $13,362
  • International — $61,500

SSL estimate (per 180 points):

  • 2024 — $1375.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)
  • 2023 — $1240.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)

Master of Sport Science

How do I plan my degree?

The MSS requires 180 points of coursework, including a research project or dissertation. It would normally be completed full-time over 18 months.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Sport Science.


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