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Sport Degree Pathways

If you’re looking to take your qualification to the next level, at the New Zealand Institute of Sport we have partnered with some great Universities to help our graduate’s pathway on to higher education and gain their degrees.


Manukau Institute of Technology

We offer a pathway to Bachelor Degree. When you have completed our Level 5 and 6 Diplomas you will be eligible to enrol at Manukau Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science, completing a degree in just one year. 

If you are an international student, you can achieve a Tertiary degree and put your skills into action with 3 years post study work in your area of specialisation, whether it be exercise physiology, biomechanics, coaching, personal training, rehabilitation, sport massage, strength and conditioning or nutrition. 

International students will need to meet other requirements, contact us to learn more about this opportunity. 

It’s as easy as the steps in the diagram below… 

NZIS to MIT Pipeline

University of Waikato

Ranked 373 in the world with a QS Stars five-star ranking for our status as a world-class university with a high reputation for employment, cutting-edge facilities, internationally renowned research, outstanding teaching and student satisfaction.  

We welcome domestic and international students who have completed the NZ Diploma in Sport, Recreation & Performance (Level 5) and either the NZ Diploma in Sports Management (Level 6) or the NZ Diploma in Human Performance Management (Level 6). Depending on your  specialisations at Level 6 and your intended major you will receive up to 240 credits towards the 360 credits required for the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance degree. 

The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Reach higher education and with the flexibility of distance learning. We partnered with Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (OPNZ) to offer two degree pathways. Students can enrol in the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Science or Applied Management Degree after completing a Diploma Level 5 or Level 6 course with the New Zealand Institute of Sport. 

Open Polytechnic students enrolled in these qualifications will be guided by us, with dedicated staffing there every step of the way to completion of your degree. You can still call us ‘home’ with support at reach giving you the best opportunity to complete all your studies. 

Alumni student, Sam Bos says, “It’s good to have the tutors at NZIS to help while still having the independence of studying by correspondence”. 

University of Canterbury 

Join New Zealand's second oldest university. This opportunity is available to all Level 5 and 6 Diploma graduates, not just students in Christchurch. You can now pathway to the University of Canterbury. 

Students who complete a Diploma Level 5 and Level 6 course can receive credit of up to 180 points towards the Bachelor of Sport Coaching.  When students receive the maximum of 180 points they will only require at least a year and a half of study to complete the degree at University of Canterbury.  

As a student, you will have the best of both worlds, start out as part of a smaller institution who focus on individual needs, and move onto a larger university environment.