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.
- Applied Sports Scientist
- Community Sport Adviser
- Events Manager
- Health and Physical Education Teacher
- Personal Trainer
- Sports Coach
Study Sport and Leisure Studies in any of these qualifications
|Social and Cultural Aspects of Sport and Leisure||SPLS101||15.0 Points|
|Concepts of Sport and Leisure||SPLS102||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to Exercise Physiology||SPLS103||15.0 Points|
|Anatomy and Biomechanics of Human Movement||SPLS104||15.0 Points|
|Dance, Movement and Culture||SPLS105||15.0 Points|
|Acquiring and Performing Movement Skills||SPLS106||15.0 Points|
|Educating in Movement Settings||SPLS107||15.0 Points|
|Leadership in Sport and Leisure||SPLS201||20.0 Points|
|Psychology of Sport and Leisure||SPLS202||20.0 Points|
|Sport and Leisure in Society||SPLS203||20.0 Points|
|Physiology of Physical Activity||SPLS204||20.0 Points|
|Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy||SPLS205||20.0 Points|
|Nutrition and Wellbeing||SPLS207||20.0 Points|
|Choreographing for Places and Sites||SPLS208||20.0 Points|
|Learning in Outdoor and Adventure Environments||SPLS209||20.0 Points|
|Sport for Children and Youth||SPLS210||20.0 Points|
|Movement, Diversity and Equity||SPLS212||20.0 Points|
|Principles and Practices for Leading Outdoors||SPLS213||20.0 Points|
|Community Dance||SPLS214||20.0 Points|
|Foundations of Exercise Prescription||SPLS215||20.0 Points|
|Practicum in the Sport and Leisure Industry||SPLS301||20.0 Points|
|Sport and Exercise Psychology||SPLS302||20.0 Points|
|Prescribing Physical Activity and Exercise||SPLS303||20.0 Points|
|Media, Sport and Culture||SPLS304||20.0 Points|
|Researching Sport and Leisure Experiences||SPLS305||20.0 Points|
|Advances in Skill Learning, Performing and Rehabilitation||SPLS306||20.0 Points|
|Play, Games and Culture||SPLS307||20.0 Points|
|Performing Dance||SPLS308||20.0 Points|
|Adventure, Sustainability and the Outdoors||SPLS309||20.0 Points|
|Instructing in Sport and Leisure Settings||SPLS310||20.0 Points|
|Healthy Communities, Healthy Lifestyles||SPLS311||20.0 Points|
|Health and Movement Education in Schools||SPLS320||20.0 Points|
|Directed Study||SPLS390||20.0 Points|
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 Research||PCSS502||30.0 Points|
|Professional Learning in Education Practice||RPLC500||30.0 Points|
|Researching Sport and Leisure||SPLS501||30.0 Points|
|Advanced Movement Science||SPLS502||30.0 Points|
|Advanced Sociology of Sport and Movement Cultures||SPLS507||30.0 Points|
|Promoting Quality Movement Experiences in Education Settings||SPLS508||30.0 Points|
|Special Topic||SPLS520||30.0 Points|
|Directed Study||SPLS590||30.0 Points|
|Sport and Leisure Studies Thesis||SPLS593||90.0 Points|
|Sport and Leisure Studies Thesis||SPLS594||120.0 Points|
|Directed Study||TOED590||30.0 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.
|Sport and Leisure Studies MPhil Thesis||SPLS800||120.0 Points|
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.
|Sport and Leisure Studies PhD Thesis||SPLS900||120.0 Points|
|Sport and Leisure Studies Creative Practice PhD Thesis||SPLS901||120.0 Points|
Graduate study options
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).