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Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance

A selection of first year papers for this degree will be on offer in Tauranga from 2019. Please enquire for more information.

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.

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.

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Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $5,997 per year
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Fees (International): $24,425 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*Tuition fees shown 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.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance (BHSHP) Overview

Year 1

100 Level Major

100 Level Major

One of

One of



Year 2

200 Level Major

200 Level Major

200 Level Major




Year 3

300 Level Major

300 Level Major

300 Level Major

300 Level Major

One of
HSHUP301 or HSHUP302




  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Papers (15 points unless stated otherwise)

  • CMYHE101 Understanding Hauora, Health and Wellbeing
  • SDCOA101 Sport, Culture and Development: Trends and Issues
  • HPSCI101 Introduction to Human Performance Science
  • HSHUP301 Industry and Community Engagement in Health, Sport and Human Performance 1
  • HSHUP302 Industry and Community Engagement in Health, Sport and Human Performance 2
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Career opportunities

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

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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.

A selection of Health, Sport and Human Performance papers will be available in Tauranga from 2019. To complete the full BHSHP will still require some study in Hamilton.

Study locations for each paper are listed in the Catalogue of Papers:

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

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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.

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.


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