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Sport and Leisure Studies

Turn your passion into an exciting career by studying sport and leisure studies at the University of Waikato. Our exciting study options will equip you with the latest knowledge and skills to excel in this dynamic environment.

As one of the country's fastest growing industries, sport and leisure now contributes over $12 Billion dollars per year to New Zealand. Study in sport and leisure studies will reward you with exciting career opportunities and the chance to help improve the physical, social and mental well-being of others.

Our facilities boast the latest equipment in sport science specialisations, namely The University of Waikato Sports Laboratory at the Avantidrome and The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance, in Tauranga. Both are equipped with cutting-edge facilities to test athlete performance, exercise and recovery, including an environmental chamber for altitude training.

Career Opportunities

  • Applied Sports Scientist
  • Community Sport Adviser
  • Events Manager
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Coach

100 level

200 level

300 level

Prescriptions for the GradCert(SpLS) and GradDip(SpLS)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Sport and Leisure Studies at an advanced level in their first degree. To complete the Graduate Diploma, students must take a total of 120 points including at least 80 points at 300 level or above in Sport and Leisure Studies. Programmes of study are planned according to interests and prior academic background and experience, and intending candidates should therefore consult the Chairperson of Sport and Leisure Studies.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Education Postgraduate Studies Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(SpLS), PGDip(SpLS), BSpLS(Hons) and MSpLS

To complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Leisure Studies, students must complete 60 points from the following list.

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Leisure Studies, students must take 120 points at 500 level from the following list.

To complete a BSpLS(Hons), students must take 120 points at 500 level. Students must complete an approved research methods paper (normally SPLS501, DSOE557 or PCSS502) and one of SPLS590, SPLS592 or SPLS593. The BSpLS(Hons) is available for students who have completed their BSpLS or equivalent qualification, and who have attained a GPA of at least B+ in their third year papers.

To complete an MSpLS, students must take 180 points at 500 level. Students must complete an approved research methods paper (normally SPLS501, DSOE557 or PCSS502) and one of SPLS590, SPLS592, SPLS593 or SPLS594. The MSpLS is available for students who have completed

their BSpLS or equivalent qualification, and who have attained a GPA of at least B in their

third year papers.

The 500 level papers are offered fully online (NET). For further details, contact the Administrator, Department of Sport and Leisure Studies.

Kaupapa Maori ResearchPCSS50230.0 Points
Professional Learning in Education PracticeRPLC50030.0 Points
Researching Sport and LeisureSPLS50130.0 Points
Advanced Movement ScienceSPLS50230.0 Points
Advanced Sociology of Sport and Movement CulturesSPLS50730.0 Points
Promoting Quality Movement Experiences in Education SettingsSPLS50830.0 Points
Special TopicSPLS52030.0 Points
Directed StudySPLS59030.0 Points
DissertationSPLS59260.0 Points
Sport and Leisure Studies ThesisSPLS59390.0 Points
Sport and Leisure Studies ThesisSPLS594120.0 Points
Directed StudyTOED59030.0 Points
DissertationTOED59260.0 Points
ThesisTOED59390.0 Points
ThesisTOED594120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

We offer a range of undergraduate papers that have a practical component as well as those that exclusively promote learning from experience in the field of sport and leisure. These papers enable you to participate, contribute, learn and critically reflect on the area of sport and leisure.

As a university located in the heart of the Waikato Region, we are proud to foster collaborative relationships with some of the country's top sports organisations and facilities. Our partnerships allow students to get a taste of industry careers from high performance sport (Waikato Chiefs, BOP Magic and Cycling NZ) to community organisations (Sport Waikato, Parafed and Disabilities Waikato).

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education:

Phone: 0800 832 242 or + 64 7 838 4500
Email: enrol@waikato.ac.nz
Email: splsadmin@waikato.ac.nz