Massage Therapy



Prepare for a career in healthcare and/or sports massage. Our practically-focussed programme will give you the hands-on skills you need to help relieve stress or pain, or support sporting performance through therapeutic massage and wellness coaching. You will learn in the classroom, in our supervised massage clinic, on the sidelines and in the community.

Our programme is highly regarded within the South Island massage industry and we enjoy an excellent relationship with Massage New Zealand (MNZ) as an NZQA-accredited training provider. MNZ is the only massage therapy specific membership body in New Zealand. 


Not sure where to start your learning journey? Choose the right path to your study goals.


Massage Clinic

Tailored to meet your needs, we provide excellent, low-cost relaxation, therapeutic or sports massage sessions. Check out our schedule and book now! 

  • Stress Management Educator
  • Massage Therapist
  • Self-employment
  • Consultant




Health Bridging Certificate (Level 3 and 4)

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • Across one year full-time (17 weeks per level) or two years part-time
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Don’t have the academic requirements you need to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes? No problem. By studying courses such as Function of the Human Body and an Introduction to Careers in Health, you will be well-prepared to apply for your chosen diploma or degree. This programme is made up of two qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) with a health context and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) with a health context.

Health Bridging Certificate (Level 4 only)

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • 17 weeks full-time or one year part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts July
  • Apply now

This Level 4 programme is the second part of our health bridging pathway for those that don't yet meet the entry requirements for our diploma- or degree-level health programmes. To enter directly into Level 4, you need to hold a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (our Level 3 Health Bridging certificate), or equivalent. If you don't hold that qualification, you'll need to do the Level 3 and Level 4 programme which starts in February.

New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time; not available part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Learn about anatomy and physiology, relaxation and therapeutic massage, stress management and wellness promotion methods. Graduates may operate their own massage therapy business, or may find employment within the spa industry. Alternatively, you can progress into the second year of our Bachelor of Applied Science where you can further your studies in massage and health, expand your skill set into rehabilitation (remedial) massage and increase your employment options.

Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • Three years full-time; part-time options
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November (preferred). Late applications will be accepted until start date of programme if places available.

Are you passionate about sports, exercise or health? Do you like working with people? Do you want to help others improve their lives to reach their potential? If you answered yes to all of these then this contemporary degree is the pathway for you! With specialties in sport, exercise, health and massage, you'll have the opportunity to gain real world industry experience and take part in community-based projects.


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