Master of Applied Science

This programme is for you if you want to demonstrate mastery in the field. This qualification prepares you for a doctoral level study, an academic career or leadership roles in sport or exercise. You will have the choice to complete your degree by research or practice.

About the programme

With specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise Leadership

Take your sport and exercise knowledge and skills to the next level.

This programme will allow you to demonstrate mastery of theoretically and procedurally sophisticated subject matter through a body of scholarly applied work, which is presented in a public forum and supported by a project or thesis. This could form the basis of scholarly journal articles. The work will respond to societal needs, address practice from multiple perspectives and be positioned within a wider framework of academic and applied research.

This qualification prepares you for doctoral level study, an academic career or a lead sport or exercise management role.

Graduates of this programme can expect to gain employment as expert practitioners within a professional organisational setting. This may include government or non-government sport (performance analysis or physical conditioning), rehabilitation, exercise and wellness promotion, fitness industry roles and employee fitness. It's expected that graduates have created new knowledge in their studies and are leading the industry.

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. You can also study this programme part-time over three years.

Programme overview

Within this programme you will chose one of the specialty areas: performance analysis, physical conditioning or exercise and health, these areas will have industry experience within them where you are applying the theory you are learning. In addition you will study a course in professional development which will prepare you to work within the industry and assist you to understand your learning needs. At this point you may choose to complete a research thesis to complete your Masters degree, this is known as a Masters by research. 

If you choose to continue with the course you will advance your learning in the specialty area and you will have learning in either a specialist topic that supports the industry or you can negotiate your learning around either research or industry that will provide the opportunity to deepen your learning in a specific issue. At the completion of this you may complete a 60 credit research project in industry to complete your Masters degree, this is known as a Masters by practice.

Programme structure

Master of Applied Science (by Practice) 

Programme structure: 18 months full-time and 36 months part-time

Course Level Credits
Choose one of:
  • Performance Analysis
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Exercise Leadership 1
8 30
Professional Development 8 30
Choose one of:
  • Advanced Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Physical Conditioning
  • Exercise Leadership 2
8 30
Choose one of:
  • Advanced Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Physical Conditioning
  • Exercise Leadership 2
8 30
Contemporary Issues 9 30
Placement Leadership 9 30

Master of Applied Science (by Research) 

Programme structure: 18 months full-time and 36 months part-time

Course Level Credits
Choose one of:
  • Performance Analysis
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Exercise Leadership 1
8 30
Choose one of:
  • Professional Development
  • Negotiated Study
8 30
Applied Research Methods 9 30
Thesis 9 90

Further study options

It is expected that graduates of the Master of Applied Science will be able to gain entry into doctoral level qualifications at tertiary institutions (dependant on meeting programme-specific entry criteria). Possible programmes include the Doctor of Professional Practice at Otago Polytechnic and PhD programmes at other institutions.

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.