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Study Sports Technology

    Delivering the cutting edge in sports performance.

    How does technology enhance sporting performance? With advanced analysis tools, hi-tech sportswear, innovative design in training equipment and programmes, and leading research into human physiology. How does sports technology enhance New Zealand’s economy?

    By developing new technologies and products to export, and engaging with local and international business. How does sports technology extend knowledge? Innovative technologies enhance research, allowing us to better understand the capabilities of the human body. How can you be a part of all of this? By studying Sports Technology at the University of Otago.

    Why study Sports Technology?

    Our top sports organisations recognise the importance of technology in ensuring New Zealand’s competitiveness in sport.

    A minor in Sports Technology can help you gain practical skills, and scientific and technical knowledge suited to the diverse employment opportunities that exist in this exciting area of development.

    Career opportunities

    As the field of Sports Technology is so broad there are a wide range of career opportunities to consider, for example:

    • Performance analyst for high performance sport
    • Sports equipment / clothing research and development
    • Anti-doping organisation representative Software programmer for sports media companies
    • Sports facility manager
    • App designer

    Sports Technology at Otago

    What is Sports Technology?

    Sports Technology is an incredibly diverse, interdisciplinary field that can lead to research in fields such as the modelling of movement, sports performance analysis, athlete workload monitoring, brain-blood flow neurophysiology, and the broadcasting of sporting events (e.g. 3D animation, computational modelling).

    Teaching and research in technologies associated with sport already occur in a number of disciplines including:

    • Computer Science
    • Medicine
    • Human Nutrition
    • Physical Education
    • Physics
    • Physiology
    • Physiotherapy
    • Psychology


    Sports Technology as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BCom, BEntr, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

    Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (BEntr), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

    100-levelSPEX 102 Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance



    One of:

    One of:

    • APPS 201 Materials: Properties and Applications
    • INFO 204 Introduction to Data Science
    • MATS 204 Treasure or Trash: Sustainability of Materials
    • STAT 210 Applied Statistics
    • STAT 260 Visualisation and Modelling in R




    SPEX 311 Sports Technology

    One of:



     Note: Students should check the prerequisites for 200- and 300-level papers when selecting their 100-level and 200-level papers. 
    Total 90

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