Login Register What is a My StudyNZ?
Login Register What is a My StudyNZ?
Back to course results View more courses from University of Canterbury

Master of Sport Science

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
12 months
Show more
Start date: Expected February-2022
University of Canterbury
Course enquiry Shortlist shortlist loader
2 of 20 Your selection was not able to be shortlisted, please try again

Course details


For students with an interest in pursuing a career in the sport field, this new coursework-based master’s degree allows students to specialize or broaden their expertise.

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

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

Subjects and courses

MSS requires 180 points of coursework, with some compulsory courses.

Compulsory courses:

  • SSCI 403 The Competitive Edge: Innovation in Sport Science (30 points)
  • HLTH 464 Research Approaches for Health (30 points)
  • SSCI 404 Advanced Internship for Sport Science (30 points).

Optional courses:

A minimum of 30 points selected from a list of courses. Courses cover areas such as exercise science, biomechanics, sport psychology, nutrition or health behaviour change.

Project or dissertation

SSCI 680 Sport Science Research Project (30 points) or SSCI681 Sport Science Dissertation (60 points).

Further study

Students can go on to study a PhD in Health Sciences or Biological Sciences.

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 organizations
  • Corporate and community health and fitness consultant
  • Health promotion/lifestyle consultant
  • Athletic/sports programme coordinator.

Graduates from the MSS would be eligible for accreditation with Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand (SESNZ).

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Entry criteria

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.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.


The listings provided on the StudyinNewZealand.govt.nz ("SINZ") website are for information and promotional purposes only. ENZ does not endorse any of the education providers listed, and the information, content and material provided in the listings is the sole responsibility of each education provider. This search is powered by Hotcourses.