Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Science


The new 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. 

Why study a PGCertSS at UC? 

  • Specialist postgraduate certificate 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 certificate will allow students to stand out in a competitive job market.

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 Certificate in Sport Science or use the admission requirements checker. 

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

Qualification structure and duration

The PGCertSS requires 60 points of coursework. It would normally be completed full-time over one semester. 

Students can start in February or July. 

Subjects and courses

PGCertSS requires two courses:

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 Certificate in Sport Science.

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

College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3333
Email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz