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Master of Health Science

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not all courses available in any one year/at all campuses.
  • Minimum 18 months of full-time study; up to five years part-time
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.
  • Some courses are offered in block mode. Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Through advanced studies in a specialised focus subject, the Master of Health Science offers you an opportunity to pursue research in health sciences.

The Master of Health Science is for graduates who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with a health focus such as a Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise, or any other health-related qualification.

If you want to do postgraduate study in health science, you’ll need to obtain permission from the Programme Director of postgraduate health science. Please see the 'Contact' tab for their contact details.

James Dickie
Studying for Master of Health Science (Sport and Exercise)
Rugby strength and conditioning specialist

“My study at Massey has helped me get to where I am now…”

I’ve had a passion for sport and exercise from a young age. In my final year at college, I captained the 1st XV. It wasn’t until I started my master’s that I decided to step out of playing rugby so I could focus on developing my career.

I’ve kept my hand in the game, though. I work as a strength and conditioning coach in rugby, which is where I have always wanted to head, career-wise. I have worked as a contractor for many teams in New Zealand and the United States, most recently for the Wellington Rugby Football Union – including the Wellington Lions and the Wellington Development team.

The undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Massey helped me develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and science behind many aspects of sport and exercise, as well as gain exposure to practical components. This is extremely important in my chosen career path because, in my view, strength and conditioning is a science and an art, and the benefit of combining both elements can’t be overlooked.

For my thesis research, I formed a fitness review of New Zealand Police Special Forces. The research included the development of a survey questionnaire to conduct a profile of the group, and biomechanical assessments of tasks identified through the survey.

My study at Massey has helped me get to where I am now, and my master’s will help me progress further in the future.


Career opportunities include public health and promotion of health, consultancy and advisory positions, working with iwi authorities, quality assurance, and research.

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