Taught course

Sport and Exercise Medicine

University of Otago · Division of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

Every applicant shall

  • be a graduate in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Physical Education or Human Nutrition or, having another relevant health professional qualification, be admitted ad eundem statum;
  • have experience of or be currently working in a relevant field;
  • present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (PGDipSEM) is designed for graduates in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Physical Education, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy, or Sciences, or those with a comparable qualification in the health care professions. Although sports medicine may form a significant part of their work, most practitioners have minimal or no formal training at an undergraduate or postgraduate level.

This course will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of sports medicine and provide the opportunity to gain academic and clinical training through the:

  • Dunedin School of Medicine
  • University of Otago, Christchurch
  • University of Otago, Wellington
  • School of Physical Education
  • School of Physiotherapy
  • Department of Human Nutrition

Schedule of Papers


The programme shall consist of:

  • SPME 701 Issues in Sports Medicine (30 points)
  • SPME 711 Exercise Prescription (30 points)

and additional papers from the schedule to a total of 120 points from:

  • SPME 701 Issues in Sports Medicine (30 points)
  • SPME 702 Medical Aspects of Exercise (15 points)
  • SPME 703 Sports Nutrition (30 points)
  • SPME 704 Health and Human Performance A (15 points)
  • SPME 705 Health and Human Performance B (15 points)
  • SPME 707 Regional Sports Injury 1 (15 points
  • SPME 708 Regional Sports Injury 2 (15 points)
  • SPME 709 Women in Sport: Health Issues (30 points)
  • SPME 710 Sports Ergonomics (30 points)
  • SPME 711 Exercise Prescription (30 points)
  • PHTY 542 Sports Physiotherapy (30 points)

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $29,809

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip(SEM)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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