Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Science
The Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Science gives students expertise in a career in the sporting industry, or allows those already the in the field an opportunity to upskill and update their sport science knowledge.
- Specialist Postgraduate Certificate 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 Certificate will allow students to stand out in a competitive job market.
You should have 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 for enrolment in the Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Science.
Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Science or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The PGCertSS requires 60 points of coursework. It would normally be completed full-time over 6 months (one semester).
PGCertSS requires a compulsory course and 30 points of optional courses.
A minimum of 30 points selected from the list of courses. Courses cover areas such as exercise science, biomechanics, sport psychology, nutrition, or health behaviour change.
SSCI 405-409 will be offered and tailored to the direction of study for each student.
- SSCI 405 Special Topic: Leading Change in Sport Science (30 pts)
- SSCI 406 Special Topic: Advancing Knowledge in Sport Science (30 pts)
- SSCI 407 Advanced Strength and Conditioning (30 pts)
- SSCI 408 Sport Science Independent Study (30 pts)
- SSCI 409 Advanced Adventure Sport Science (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)
Please contact the Programme Coordinator for more information on how to enrol in an SSCI course.
Graduates of this Certificate 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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Science.
For study planning help contact the School of Health Sciences | Te Kura Mātai Hauora or the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
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