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Degree Pathways

The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


NZIS offers two degree pathways in conjunction with the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (OPNZ). Students can enrol in the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Science or Applied Management Degrees after completing the NZIS Diploma in Advanced Sport Management and Exercise Science - Level 5 AND one of the NZIS Diploma in Exercise Science - Level 6 or the Diploma in Advanced Sport Management - Level 6.

Students enrolled in these qualifications are supported at NZIS, with dedicated staffing to encourage the completion of the Degree programme. They link with NZIS by being able to still call NZIS their “home”, and gives students the very best opportunity to be able to complete all their studies.

NZIS 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 


We now offer a degree pathway with the University of Canterbury. NZIS students who complete a Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Science (Level 5) and a Diploma in Sport (Advanced Exercise Prescription) (Level 6) or a Diploma in Sport (Advanced Sport Management) (Level 6), only need to complete three semesters of papers at University of Canterbury to complete a degree. This opportunity really gives students the very best of both worlds, starting out as part of a smaller institution who focus on individual needs, and then onto a larger university environment. 

Victoria University – Melbourne


Since 2012 NZIS students have been able to pathway directly from the Diploma programme to study at Victoria University in Melbourne through a collaboration arrangement. A significant number of students have achieved their Bachelor in Human Movement. In 2014, Sosaia Tufui was the first NZIS student accepted in the Victoria University Masters programme.

Graduate Chaz Monaghan, has gone onto become the Personal Training recruitment manager for Steiner Cruise Lines.

The relationship with Victoria University is a special one, as they were also very supportive to NZIS after the earthquake in Christchurch and sent a container load of equipment to assist NZIS in their rebuild.