This qualification was previously known as Master of Sports and Leisure Studies
Studying the Master of Sport, Health & Human Performance (MSHHP), you'll explore how psychological or physiological factors influence movement and performance in sport and exercise. Throughout your course of study you'll receive opportunities to get involved in real world research to make a difference in people’s lives, as well as connect with elite athletes and teams.
The University of Waikato's Sport, Health and Human Performance Department boasts world-renowned active researchers and lecturers who have international expertise and reputations. Also, our research group on the Critical Studies of Sport and Physical Culture is one of the most highly regarded in the world, particularly in the study of action and adventure sports.
You will work in our high-tech laboratories at the Cambridge Avantidrome or the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance in Tauranga, and will benefit from our collaborative relationships established with local organisations. These partnerships bring about opportunities for you to connect with elite athletes and teams for research including; Waikato Chiefs, BoP Magic, Cycling NZ and community organisations such as Parafed, Disabilities Waikato and Sport Waikato.
The MSHHP is a flexible degree, giving you the option to tailor the programme to meet your needs. Our staff hold the expertise to supervise a diverse range of projects, and you have the option of completing your degree over one year full-time, or part time while working.
At masters level you can study a range of papers. The MSHHP usually comprises 180 points (500 level) including required and optional papers. You are required to choose one or more option(s) from the below. You can also pursue an area of interest in greater depth by undertaking a research project or thesis, under one of our expert supervisors. You are required to take a research methods paper and we recommend the school-based paper: SPLS501-16A Researching sport and leisure.
This qualification can be started at the University of Waikato Tauranga.
- Applied Exercise Scientist/ Exercise Physiologist
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Events or Sports Manager
- Outdoor Education Instructor/manager
- Health, Physical Education or Dance Teacher
- Researcher in Health, Sport and Human Movement
- Human Movement or High Performance Manager
|Study Locations||Hamilton; Tauranga|
|Faculty||Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education|
|Start Dates||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
|Domestic Fees||$7,044-$7,588 per year|
|International Fees||$27,825 per year|
|Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment - please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
These are all the subjects available for the Master of Sport, Health and Human Performance
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Our research projects
- Sport and fitness researcher, Dr Matt Driller
- Sport and movement researchers, Dr Holly Thorpe and Dr Belinda Wheaton (Marsden Research Grant recipient researching sport in sites of war, conflict and disaster)
- Quality education settings – Associate Professor Clive C Pope (Children's and youth sport) and Mike Brown (Outdoor education)
The MSpLS usually comprises 180 points (500 level) including required and optional papers and a research project or thesis.
SPLS502 Sport, Fitness & Health: Science in Practice
SPLS504 Sport and Communities
SPLS505 Youth Culture and Sport
SPLS507 Sporting Bodies and Movement Culture
SPLS508 Health and Physical Education in Schools
SPLS520 Special Topic
Choose one from
SPLS501 Researching Sport and Leisure (recommended)
DSOE557 Research Methods
PCSS502 Kaupapa Māori Research
And at least one from
SPLS590 Directed Study
SPLS593 3-paper thesis
SPLS594 4-paper thesis*
*Consult with the programme adviser.