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Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance

The Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance will set you up with a research-based qualification that will teach you to critically examine how political, cultural, social and economic factors influence the meaning and nature of sport, exercise and leisure.

This qualification was previously known as Master of Sports and Leisure Studies

Studying the Master of Health, Sport & Human Performance (MHSHP), 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 Health, Sport and Human Performance Department boasts world-renowned active researchers and lecturers who have international expertise and reputations. 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 equipping you with the practical skills to work in contexts that are relevant to you.

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 MHSHP 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.

Study flexibly

At masters level you can study a range of papers. The MHSHP 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.

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Key information

Years: 1.5
MHSHP Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,044-$7,588 per year
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Fees (International): $30,095 (120 pts) or $45,140 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate 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.

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Career opportunities

  • 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

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Stacey Waaka Waikato Uni has been the best time of my life these past four years since moving to Hamilton. I have grown so much as a person and have met so many people at this university. It’s something I’m really grateful for.

Stacey Waaka Health, Sport and Human Performance, Leadership Communication

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Scholarships and prizes

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

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Graduate study options

PhD in Health, Sport and Human Performance

Our research projects

  1. Sport and fitness researcher, Dr Matt Driller
  2. Sport and movement researchers, Dr Holly Thorpe and Dr Belinda Wheaton (Marsden Research Grant recipient researching sport in sites of war, conflict and disaster)
  3. Quality education settings – Associate Professor Clive C Pope (Children's and youth sport) and Mike Brown (Outdoor education)


Te Huataki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance

Faculty Registrar
Courtney Kelly
Phone: (+64) 7 858 5185
Room: TT.6.11

Postgraduate Advisor
Dr Matt Driller
Phone:(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 7735 
Room: TT.7.13 

Associate Dean - Postgraduate
Dr Holly Thorpe 
Phone (+64) 7 838 4466 ext 6528
Room: TT.7.08