Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science

An advanced sport/exercise programme to extend your knowledge in a specialty of your choice - performance analysis, physical conditioning or exercise leadership. This programme has a wider and more encompassing scope than the Postgraduate Certificate. You’ll study a course in professional development which will prepare you to work within the industry and study a specialist topic to deepen your learning in a specific issue. Graduates will be eligible for relevant industry accreditations as well.

About the programme

With specialities in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise Leadership.

This qualification will help you extend and deepen your knowledge of the underpinning base theories and procedures used in the practice environment, in a wider and more encompassing scope than within our Postgraduate Certificate programme. You will also gain a greater understanding of the roles of those who are working with you. 

You will have completed an applied project, which allows you to address your practice from multiple perspectives and to position your practice within a wider industry context. This qualification prepares you for further postgraduate study or a career in advanced sport or exercise through the completion of an industry project in your chosen field.

Graduates of this programme can expect to gain employment at advanced practitioner level within a professional organisational setting. This may include government or non-government sport (particularly performance analysis and physical conditioning), rehabilitation, exercise and wellness promotion, fitness industry roles and employee fitness. 

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We also offer this programme part-time over two years.


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. You will also 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.

Course Level Credits

Choose one of:

  • Performance Analysis
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Exercise Leadership 1
 8 30

Professional Development



Choose one of:

  • Advanced Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Physical Conditioning
  • Exercise Leadership 2

Choose on of:

  • Negotiated study
  • Specialist topics in Sport Science and Excercise Leadership
 8 30
Links to useful websites 

Further study options

Graduates of this programme will be able to continue their studies into the Master of Applied Science at Otago Polytechnic. Further study at other tertiary institutes is also possible.

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, 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, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


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.