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MHSHP - Health, Sport and Human Performance as a main subject

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.

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


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Key information

Years: 1.5
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,044-$7,588 per year
Fees (International): $30,095 (120 pts) or $45,145 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Faculty:
*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.

Career opportunities

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

Degree Planner

Prescriptions for the PGCert(HSHP), PGDip(HSHP), BHSHP(Hons) and MHSHP

To complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Health, Sport and Human Performance, students must complete 60 points at 500 level from the following list.

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

To complete a BHSHP(Hons), students must take 120 points at 500 level. Students must complete an approved research methods paper (normally HSHUP501, EDUCA557 or EDUCA500) and one of HSHUP590, HSHUP592 or HSHUP593. The BHSHP(Hons) is available for students who have completed their BHSHP or equivalent qualification, and who have attained a GPA of at least B+ in their third year papers.

To complete an MHSHP, students must take 180 points at 500 level. Students must complete an approved research methods paper (normally HSHUP501, EDUCA557 or EDUCA500) and one of HSHUP590, HSHUP592, HSHUP593 or HSHUP594. The MHSHP is available for students who have completed either:

a) a BHSHP with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or equivalent qualification, or

b) a BHSHP(Hons) with at least second class honours (second division), or a PGDip(HSHP), or equivalent qualification.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories20B (Block - Tauranga)
Culturally Responsive Methodologies utilise kaupapa Maori and critical theoretical frameworks to develop contexts within which the researched community can define the terms for engaging, relating and co-creating new knowledge.
EDUCA557Research Methods20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Online) & 20S (Block)
This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
HPSCI502Advanced Human Performance Science20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper will provide a forum in which students can engage in critical debate concerning various sport science topics and issues, develop practical skills for use in physical and psychological testing and research settings and learn how to write scientific journal articles.
HPSCI592Dissertation20I (Online) & 20X (Online)
A report on the findings of a theoretical, applied or empirical investigation.
HPSCI593Health, Sport and Human Performance Thesis20X (Online)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HPSCI594Health, Sport and Human Performance Thesis20X (Online)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HSHUP501Research Methods in Health, Sport and Human Performance20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper will allow students to develop their skills for finding and analysing literature, gain an understanding of different research designs, methodologies and ethical issues in health, sport and human performance settings, learn different statistical and analysis techniques. This paper will split into two streams where studen...
HSHUP507Social Sciences of Sport and Active Recreation: Advancing Knowledge and Practice20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
Students will be introduced to advanced critical thinking tools and socio-cultural concepts that reveal the complexities of the sport and active recreation landscape. They will also learn how to apply this knowledge to create positive change in a selected context.
HSHUP508Advancing Sport Coaching: Theory and Practice20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
High-quality coaches are central to the establishment of world-class sporting systems. This paper draws on insights from contemporary research and practice to support the continuing professional development of sports coaches and coach developers. This paper will build on and extend your existing knowledge and skills, enabling you t...
HSHUP520Special Topic: Health, Physical Activity and Wellbeing: Interdisciplinary Perspectives20G (Block)
This paper draws upon the latest research across the disciplines to offer students new conceptual tools for understanding the social, cultural, historical, political and economic complexities of health and physical activity in contemporary society. Students will explore a series of international and Aotearoa-specific case studies, ...
HSHUP590Directed Study20X (Online)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
HSHUP592Dissertation20I (Online) & 20X (Online)
A report on the findings of a theoretical, applied or empirical investigation.
HSHUP593Health, Sport and Human Performance Thesis20X (Online)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HSHUP594Health, Sport and Human Performance Thesis20X (Online)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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Graduate study options

Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance


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 health, sport and human performance. 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).


Contacts

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

Phone: 0800 WAIKATO
Email: enrol@waikato.ac.nz
Email: health.sport@waikato.ac.nz