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Master of Science (Human Performance Science)

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Rotokauri Campus


This programme is designed for those who wish to extend their undergraduate degree with further specialist skills and knowledge. It is most suited to those who are wanting to continue onto a Doctoral programme or into higher level positions in the workforce.

Our postgraduate sports programmes focus on applied learning, are strongly industry-focused, and supported by a team of highly-skilled academic staff. Students will get to apply their learning in our purpose-built facilities.

Students will study at Wintec’s Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance. The laboratories are fully equipped and accredited with Sport Science New Zealand and are amongst New Zealand's best sport science facilities. Students will have access to ‘state of the art’ sport testing and consulting, as used by national and international athletes.

There are two pathways available:

Thesis pathway
Dissertation pathway

Career/Further Opportunities

The Master of Science (Human Performance Science) may lead to employment as a tertiary teacher, research and sport consultant, or an individual and team sport trainer and conditioner.

Upon completion of this programme further tertiary study at Doctorate level can be undertaken. This programme also provides a pathway into further study in dietetics or physiotherapy.

Entry criteria

Applicants are required to have gained:

  • A Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science with a minimum B grade (65%) in the third year; or
  • A corresponding NZ Bachelor degree with a minimum B grade (65%) in the third year; or
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science with a minimum B grade average; or
  • A corresponding NZ Postgraduate Diploma with a minimum B grade average; or
  • Equivalent.

English Language Requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; or

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50

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