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Master of Sport Development and Management (MSpDM)

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The Master of Sport Development and Management (MSpDM) is a 180-point coursework postgraduate degree designed for individuals who are employed in Sport Development and Management and want to upskill for professional development reasons. It is also intended as a pathway for those students graduating with a BSc or BA majoring in Sport Management and Development (or comparable qualification) into employment in the field.

It has the same structure as the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Development and Management (PGDipSpDM) and also features a 30 point Practicum and associated 30 point Practicum Report. These papers offer students the opportunity to examine a topic of their choice within a sport organisation. The typical duration of the programme is 12 months.

Other important goals of the course are to develop in students:

  • An appreciation of current and emerging issues and perspectives in global and national sporting communities.
  • Commitment to the acquisition, critical evaluation and application of knowledge and policies relevant to sport development and management
  • Ability to accurately and effectively communicate information, arguments and analyses using written, visual and oral reporting formats.
  • Advanced knowledge of ethics and ethical standards relevant to sport development; ability to operate ethically within the workplace and community.
  • An understanding of the development of sport in local, national and international contexts in two fundamental ways: development of sport and development through sport. The first is based on sport being valued for its own sake where it is viewed as a public good. The second refers to the strategic use of sport to address and achieve specific social, educational, health, economic, and political objectives.

Information for new applicants

A candidate would normally have completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts in a related subject area before undertaking the MSpDM, but the degree is also open to those with other qualifications.

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Contact details

School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences website

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Programme requirements

Master of Sport Development and Management (MSpDM)

  • SPEX 401  Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health

  • SPEX 460  Advanced Topics in Sport Development

  • SPEX 461  Advanced Topics in Sport Management and Policy

  • SPEX 481  Independent Study

  • SPEX 516  Practicum

  • SPEX 517  Practicum Report

  • Papers worth at least 40 points from:
    EDUC 464  Writing for Publication in the Social Sciences
    SOCI 401  Qualitative Research Ethics
    SOCI 402  Advanced Sociological Theory
    MAOR 414  He Pūkōrero - Theory and Research Methodologies
    MAOR 427  He Tuhituhinga
    HUMS 501  Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    TOUR 426  Event Management

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Sport Development and Management (MSpDM)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), on the advice of the Dean of School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences and the Director of the Sport Development and Management programme.
    2. Every applicant shall either:
      1. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts and Science, majoring in Sport Development and Management, and have achieved an average grade of at least B in the relevant 300-level papers, or
      2. have alternative qualifications acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of papers worth a total of 180 points, normally comprising SPEX 401, 460, 461, 481, 516 and 517 and papers worth at least 40 points from EDUC 464, SOCI 401, SOCI 402, MAOR 414, MAOR 427, HUMS 501, TOUR 426.
    2. A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers as prescribed in regulation 2(a) on the basis of previous study. A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Development and Management shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the degree that have previously been passed for the diploma.
  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. A candidate shall follow a programme of study for not less than 3 semesters, or 12 months.
    2. A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the degree within 6 semesters of admission to the programme.
  4. Withdrawal from the Programme

    Where a candidate withdraws from the programme, whether voluntarily or otherwise, after completing some of the prescribed papers, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may recommend award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Development and Management or determine which papers shall be credited towards the Diploma.

  5. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  6. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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