Sport and Exercise – Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Sport and Exercise) will advance your theoretical knowledge of exercise science. You will learn how exercise can be used to enhance athletic performance and improve compromised health and quality of life.

Where you can study

Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Not open to international students

Specialise in Sport and Exercise for your Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science at Massey

If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise, Health Science or equivalent, and are considering pursuing postgraduate study and research in sport and exercise, the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Sport and Exercise) may suit.

World-class, highly experienced staff

You will learn from the best. Many of your lecturers are involved in sport at the highest levels – either as competitors, coaches, administrators and managers. Our research-active academic staff will teach you the most up-to-date information. This will help prepare you for the ever-changing and expanding world of sport and exercise.

Strong student support

Small class sizes are personalised to your learning style. We’re here for you – your lecturers are approachable, helpful and committed to your success.

Outstanding facilities

You will enjoy working in first-class facilities including our state-of-the-art human performance labs.

Further study

As a graduate of this qualification , you may go on to study a master’s, depending on your achievement and consultations with the relevant qualification coordinators or Head of Institute/School.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Sport and Exercise is a good fit if you:

  • want to pursue research
  • are interested in enhancing people’s wellbeing or athletic performance.

Planning information

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

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Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Compulsory course

Choose 15 credits from
Course code: 234724 Research Seminar in Sport and Exercise 15 credits

Through student and staff presentation and discussion, this course will acquaint students with selected research topics, conducting and disseminating research in this field, and preparation for research endeavours at the postgraduate level.

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Compulsory course selection

Choose 30 credits from
Course code: 168711 Health Research Design and Method 30 credits

Philosophical, ethical and methodological issues in relation to health research are examined. Selected quantitative and qualitative methods are explored in depth, in preparation for developing a research proposal for a thesis, or research project.

Restrictions: 168810, 168710

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Course code: 168713 Evidence-Based Practice 30 credits

Evidence based practice (EBP) is an approach to problem solving and service provision based on the integration of “best evidence” with expert opinion and client/consumer perspectives. Students will develop EBP skills needed to critically evaluate information available from research findings, professional consensus statements and other sources of information, as well as communicating the results.

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Subject courses

Choose 75 credits from
Course code: 231732 Physical Activity Promotion 15 credits

This course draws on the disciplines of epidemiology, health promotion, policy analysis and exercise science to develop public health competencies specific to physical activity promotion at a population level, including knowledge of the relationship between physical activity and health, and skills in population-based physical activity assessment, determinants analysis and intervention design and evaluation.

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Course code: 234725 Athletic Conditioning 30 credits

An advanced focus on physical conditioning as it pertains to athlete performance, with an emphasis on research-led and evidence-based practice.

Restrictions: 234716

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Course code: 234726 Exercise and Sport Science 30 credits

An advanced, research-led focus on human physiology, motor control, and biomechanics as it relates to the integrative science underpinning sport and exercise.

Restrictions: 234720, 234721, 234722, 234723

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Course code: 234727 Physical Activity for Compromised Health 30 credits

An advanced, integrative focus on physical activity and its impact on compromised health, with particular reference to examining disease aetiology, and the assessment, monitoring and prescription of exercise for a range of non-communicable diseases (e.g. cardiorespiratory, metabolic, musculoskeletal, cancer).

Restrictions: 234717, 234718, 234719

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Course code: 250703 Health Communication 15 credits

This course examines the primary factors that influence the effective communication and adoption of positive health behaviours by individuals and communities. Students will review: micro and macro-level theories of health communication; audience engagement and persuasion; the impact of evolving public attitudes to health knowledge; innovative methods for health communication.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Sport and Exercise) you will have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Health Science degree or an equivalent qualification.

You will need to provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Scholarship and award opportunities

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Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.


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