Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance

The rapidly growing sport and leisure industry is worth over $12 billion a year to New Zealand. Waikato's Bachelor of Health, Sport & Human Performance will give you a foundation in this exciting and dynamic career.

Amy Marfell

Health, Sport and Human Performance, Psychology

Sarah Martin

Health, Sport and Human Performance, Teaching

Matt Rees-Gibbs

Health, Sport and Human Performance

Grant Rutherford

Health, Sport and Human Performance

Stacey Waaka

Health, Sport and Human Performance

This qualification was previously known as the Bachelor of Sports and Leisure Studies

As one of New Zealand's fastest growing industries, the sport and leisure industry provides exciting career opportunities. The Waikato Bachelor of Health, Sport & Human Performance (BHSHP) will equip you with the latest knowledge and skills to excel in this dynamic environment, and help to improve the physical, social and mental well-being of others.

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).

Our facilities boast the latest equipment in sport science specialisations, namely The University of Waikato Sports Laboratory at the Cambridge 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.


Community Health

The Community Health major is designed to ensure graduates have the knowledge, skills and understanding to make a difference in the wellbeing of the people in our local, regional and national communities. Drawing on Māori, Indigenous, critical and sociological perspectives, students will be provided with the opportunity to investigate the way health is understood and practiced in our society. Students will develop practical skills that will allow them to advocate and take action in enhancing the wellbeing of themselves and others

Human Performance Science

Based on three pillars - performance physiology, performance psychology and performance monitoring and exercise prescription - this major has clear links to high performance sport. Extending beyond high performance sport, this major includes links to the general population, movement-related professions, exercise, nutrition and physical health. Supported by our satellite spaces in the Avantidrome and the Adams Centre, students benefit from the established relationships the University has with professional sport franchises, such as Magic Netball and Chiefs Rugby.

Sport Development and Coaching

This major gives students the skills that support them to enhance sport, recreation and physical activity for groups and individuals. Students will benefit from established local and national industry partnerships with Sport New Zealand, The International Olympic Committee, Sport Waikato, the Avantidrome, The Waikato Institute of Sport and Leisure Studies, Brian Perry Charitable Trust, The Lowie Foundation and sports clubs/franchises in the greater Waikato and Bay of Plenty region. Graduates will have the transferable skills and knowledge to lead in any sector involving people and movement

 Career opportunities

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

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Te Huataki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance
Years 3.0
Points 360
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $5,879 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
International Fees $22,790 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 Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance

Animal Behaviour
Applied Computing
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Creative Practices
Creative Technologies
Design Media
Earth Sciences
Education and Society
Environmental Sciences
Health, Sport and Human Performance
Human Development
Human Resource Management
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
International Languages and Cultures
Leadership Communication
Materials and Processing
Māori and Pacific Development
Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Māori Media and Communication
New Zealand Studies/Akoranga Aotearoa
Population Studies
Public Policy
Screen and Media Studies
Social Policy
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Management
Treaty of Waitangi Studies/Akoranga Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing Studies

The BHSHP can be taken in conjunction with one of a range of other degrees. This can increase your attractiveness to potential employers as you can develop broader knowledge and skills and take just four years to complete.

A couple of popular study paths include:

  • Health, Sport and Human Performance and Management with a second major in Marketing (BHSHP and BMS or BCS). This is often chosen by students who wish to pursue Sports Marketing as a career.
  • Health, Sport and Human Performance and Teaching (BHSHP and BTchg). If you are interested in teaching sport you could apply to do a conjoint degree, or you could complete a BHSHP degree and then apply for a one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching or a Master of Teaching and Learning.

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Health, Sport and Human Performance graduates often pursue further study at masters or doctorate level to enhance their understanding of a specialised area within the sport and leisure industry. Our researchers have strong links with the industry and other researchers nationally and internationally.

A range of undergraduate papers have a practical component as well as those that exclusively promote learning from experience in the field of sport and leisure. These papers offer the chance to observe, participate, contribute, learn and critically reflect. They facilitate opportunities for you to connect real life with cultural, social, economic and political theories and concepts of sport and leisure.

To enrol in this degree, you usually need University Entrance or its equivalent. Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites, so please check the catalogue of papers carefully. If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field.


Te Huataki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance:
Phone: 0800 WAIKATO