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Study Sport Development and Management at Otago

Community, culture, and commerce.

Sport is a rapidly expanding industry that intersects with education, culture, commerce, health and tourism. As an internationally-recognised applied discipline, the Sport Development and Management major is founded on the global growth in sport science degrees and sport management specialisations. It has three orientations:

  • It is concerned with the quality of organisations and the societal conditions that support sport participation.
  • It revolves around the enhancement of individuals and the understanding of psychological variables that help development and performance.
  • It attends to sport’s growing links with community objectives such as wellness, social integration, and economic renewal.

Papers examine the spectrum of people, institutions, and policies that influence the structure, management, and experience of sport.

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Study at New Zealand’s top-ranked department

This major and minor is hosted at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences. We are the number 1 ranked department in New Zealand and 12th in the world in our field.

Why study Sport Development and Management?

Otago offers the only Sport Development and Management programme in New Zealand. It offers the option of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts, which provides flexibility for those who have more interest in either sciences or arts/humanities.

Sport Development and Management offers the opportunity to pursue a minor in a related area of interest including: Exercise and Sport Science, Management, Marketing, Media and Communication Studies, Psychology, Geography and Education.

Sport Development and Management offers a practicum programme where students can work with school or community sport organisations or undertake applied research in the NZ Centre for Sport Policy and Politics – this will provide real world practical experience.

Background required

There are no specific Year 12 or 13 level subjects required for admission. However, biology and physical education may be helpful. Language-rich subjects and social sciences are also recommended.

Career opportunities

Careers in this sector and industry include sport development officers, administrators and managers in national sports governing bodies, regional sport organisations, community trusts, government ministries and local councils. Sport Development professions also include: teachers, coaches, youth workers, sport marketers, and school sport co-ordinators – all of whom are involved in improving individuals and environments around sport / physical activity.

The programme has strong pathways to postgraduate qualifications (e.g. master’s and PhD) in Sport Development and Management.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Sport Development and Management

Level Papers Points
100-level

SPEX 101  Sport, Science and Society

SPEX 102  Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance

18

18

200-level

SPEX 204  Psychology of Sport and Exercise

SPEX 208  Sociology of Sport and Exercise

SPEX 209  Sport Development and Management

18

18

18

300-level

Four of:
SPEX 304  Sport Psychology
SPEX 312  Advanced Sociology of Sport
SPEX 313  Sport and Health Policy
SPEX 314  Advanced Sport Management
SPEX 315  Sport Media

72

Plus

198 further points (ANAT 101 Anatomy for Sport and Exercise, PHSL 101 Physiology for Sport and Exercise, and SPEX 206 Te Pū o te Ora Māori Physical Education and Health recommended); must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts.

198

Total   360

Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Development and Management (PGDipSpDM)

Papers
  • 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 480  Research Project

  • One of 
    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

Master of Sport Development and Management (MSpDM)

Papers
  • 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

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Sport Development and Management

Level Papers Points
100-level

SPEX 101  Sport, Science and Society

SPEX 102  Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance

ANAT 101  Anatomy for Sport and Exercise

PHSL 101  Physiology for Sport and Exercise

18

18

18

18

200-level

SPEX 204  Psychology of Sports and Exercise

SPEX 208  Sociology of Sport and Exercise

SPEX 209  Sport Development and Management

18

18

18

300-level

Four of:
SPEX 304  Sport Psychology
SPEX 312  Advanced Sociology of Sport
SPEX 313  Sport and Health Policy
SPEX 314  Advanced Sport Management
SPEX 315  Sport Media

72

Plus

162 further points (SPEX 206 Te Pū o te Ora Māori Physical Education and Health recommended); must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science.

162

Total   360

Minor subject requirements

Sport Development and Management as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, 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 Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), 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

Level Papers Points
100-level

SPEX 101  Sport, Science and Society

18

200-level

Two of:
SPEX 204  Psychology of Sports and Exercise
SPEX 208  Sociology of Sport and Exercise
SPEX 209  Sport Development and Management

36
300-level

Two of:
SPEX 304  Sport Psychology
SPEX 312  Advanced Sociology of Sport
SPEX 313  Sport and Health Policy
SPEX 314  Advanced Sport Management
SPEX 315  Sport Media

36

Total   90

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
SPEX101 2022 Sport, Science and Society 18 points Semester 1
SPEX102 2022 Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance 18 points Semester 2
SPEX201 2022 Biomechanics 18 points Semester 1
SPEX202 2022 Motor Behaviour 18 points Semester 2
SPEX203 2022 Exercise Physiology 18 points Semester 1
SPEX204 2022 Psychology of Sport and Exercise 18 points Semester 2
SPEX205 2022 Physical Activity and Health 18 points Semester 1
SPEX206 2022 Te Pū o te Ora Māori Physical Education and Health 18 points Semester 2
SPEX207 2022 Understanding Sports Coaching 18 points Semester 1
SPEX208 2022 Sociology of Sport and Exercise 18 points Semester 2
SPEX209 2022 Sport Development and Management 18 points Semester 1
SPEX301 2022 Performance Analysis 18 points Semester 2
SPEX303 2022 Exercise Energetics and Physiology 18 points Semester 2
SPEX304 2022 Sport Psychology 18 points Semester 1
SPEX305 2022 Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation 18 points Semester 1
SPEX306 2022 Te Pou o Te Koronga Advanced Māori Physical Education and Health 18 points Semester 2
SPEX307 2022 Coaching, Leadership and Mentoring 18 points Not offered in 2022
SPEX308 2022 Psychology of Physical Activity 18 points Semester 1
SPEX309 2022 Active Living and Environment 18 points Semester 1
SPEX310 2022 Exercise for Clinical Populations 18 points Semester 2
SPEX311 2022 Sports Technology 18 points Semester 1
SPEX312 2022 Advanced Sociology of Sport 18 points Semester 1
SPEX313 2022 Sport and Health Policy 18 points Semester 2
SPEX314 2022 Advanced Sport Management 18 points Semester 2
SPEX315 2022 Sport Media 18 points Semester 2
SPEX316 2022 Practicum 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year
SPEX317 2022 Neural Control of Movement 18 points Semester 2
SPEX380 2022 Special Topic: Exercise and Cancer Rehabilitation 18 points Not offered in 2022
SPEX401 2022 Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health 20 points Semester 1
SPEX440 2022 Advanced Topics in Physical Education, Activity and Health 20 points Semester 1
SPEX441 2022 Advanced Topics in Physical Education, Activity and Health 20 points Semester 2
SPEX450 2022 Advanced Topics in Exercise and Sport Science 20 points Semester 1
SPEX451 2022 Advanced Topics in Exercise and Sport Science 20 points Semester 2
SPEX460 2022 Advanced Topics in Sport Development 20 points Semester 1
SPEX461 2022 Advanced Topics in Sport Management and Policy 20 points Semester 2
SPEX480 2022 Research Project 40 points Full Year
SPEX481 2022 Independent Study 20 points Semester 1, Semester 2
SPEX490 2022 Dissertation 60 points Full Year
SPEX495 2022 Master's Thesis Preparation 40 points Full Year
SPEX516 2022 Practicum 30 points Semester 1, Semester 2
SPEX517 2022 Practicum Report 30 points Semester 1, Semester 2

Key information for students

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Email physical-education@otago.ac.nz
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