Postgraduate: Sport and Recreation at AUT

This page has the postgraduate sport papers and qualifications (courses) that you can study at AUT. View links to paper descriptions and outlines of each degree or qualification. 

Your postgraduate study options

AUT is leading postgraduate and research in New Zealand in the diverse area of Sport and Recreation. We offer you a range of postgraduate and research opportunities, ranging from a postgraduate certificate, right through to our world recognised doctoral degrees. Choose from the study options below:

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation (Honours)

The Bachelor of Sport and Recreation (Honours) is aimed at high-achieving students in the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation who want to advance their skills, particularly in the area of research and make their CV stand out.

Sport and Exercise

We will provide you with the critical understanding and appreciation of sport and exercise, integrating knowledge of specific science, evidence-based practice, and relevant theoretical concepts of physical conditioning, coaching, or sports management. Click here to see your study options.

Specialities include:

Sport and Exercise

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Sports injury
  • Sports kinesiology
  • Applied exercise physiology
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sports research design and analysis

Sport Leadership and Management

  • Sport development
  • Sport governance
  • Sport event management
  • Sport leadership
  • Sport marketing and sponsorship


  • Pedagogy
  • Skill acquistion
  • Sport psychology
  • Sociology of sport coaching
  • Coaching philosophies
  • Community and high performance coaching
  • Athlete centred coaching

Physical Activity and Nutrition

This specialisation (under the Health programme) combines research and taught papers that focus on studying factors that affect community health and promote healthy living in the general population. Examples of study in this area include promoting physical activity, making healthy lifestyle choices and educating populations about healthy nutrition. Click here to see your study options.

Specialities include:

  • Obesity and lifestyle diseases
  • Wellbeing (physical and mental)
  • Sedentary behaviour
  • Workplace health
  • Independent mobility (free range kids) 

Masters and Doctoral study options

Master of Philosophy

The MPhil is a research-only degree, which culminates in a thesis and provides a pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science is designed for health professionals with at least five years professional experience, and who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise. It comprises papers and a research topic, which culminates in a thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD is the highest supervised degree that AUT offers. It is a research-only degree, which culminates in a thesis. The qualification requires the student to carry out research in a sustained investigation and which contributes to the knowledge of a specialist area. Students can start a PhD at any time. 

Sport and Recreation Management

These programmes combine sport and business study. Programmes are varying lengths and there are research and course work study options, providing you the flexibility of completing study in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences or the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. Click here to see your study options.

Last updated: 20-Jul-2017 9.51am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.