Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

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Get scientific and practical skills

The Exercise and Sport Science major is ideal for you if you want a broad knowledge base in sport, coupled with practical, applied skills that will make you a sought-after employee in the health and fitness world.

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What is it like?

Expand your sports knowledge

With the Exercise and Sport Science major, you’ll study a broad range of subjects relating to sport and exercise like biomechanics, exercise physiology and training science. Together, this foundation helps you understand how to enhance sport performance and improve health.

Do your own research

Conduct your own sport performance investigation from finding the topic right through to selecting subjects, collecting data, analysing results, reporting and presenting. Students have done projects such as examining how caffeine affects performance, the connection between hydration and attention, and how things like heat and dietary interventions affect performance.

Get the skills you need for a great career

You will learn theoretical material in lectures, and apply your new-found knowledge in laboratory or practical classes in a range of subjects relating to sport and exercise. You will develop critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills relevant to this energy-fuelled and constantly progressing field. The main applications are sports performance, and the use of exercise to promote fitness and health.

You can combine exercise and sport science with other sport programmes such as sport management and coaching, exercise prescription and training, or science programmes such as physiology and human nutrition.

Topics

Some of the topics taught in exercise and sport science courses include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Investigating sports performance.
  • Motor control
  • Human physiology

A good fit if you:

  • Have a passion for sport, exercise and health
  • Are fascinated by how the body moves, particularly during sport
  • Want to learn more about how exercise influences health
Jemma O’Donnell
Bachelor of Science
Double Major in Sport and Exercise Science and Human Nutrition
Graduated in 2009
Nutritionist - Sanitarium

“Massey really looks after their students in every capacity…”

As a regional soccer player, I thought my nutrition and training schedule was as good as it could be. But it wasn’t until I received a lecture in sports nutrition that I realised I could be performing better. This lecture spurred my interest in sports nutrition and now I’m a nutritionist at Sanitarium.

The best part about studying at Massey was the flexibility. I finished my Bachelor of Science double majoring in Sport and Exercise Science and Human Nutrition in 2009. I then went on to complete my Master in Science majoring in Human Nutrition.

I had a really great experience at Massey, both in Palmerston North and Albany. Massey really looks after their students in every capacity.

As a nutritionist at Sanitarium, my job involves helping customers with product nutritional information and offering general nutrition advice. A large part of my job is also managing the website content, making sure the website is being regularly updated with new content, and that subscribers are sent regular emails about what is going on. I also get to work on various community projects that Sanitarium runs, and write articles for a number of different magazines and columns.

Massey’s programme - throughout undergraduate and postgraduate studies - has definitely provided me with the skill set I need to do this job well. Not only did Massey give me the technical and scientific knowledge, but it also taught me invaluable skills around critical thinking, researching, and the ability to continually learn as information changes.”

Careers

Massey’s exercise and sports science graduates have an excellent reputation throughout the sporting industry and are sought after in a wide range of areas including teaching, coaching, sports, fitness and health.

Some examples are:

  • Sport scientist working with individual athletes, sports teams, sports coaches and regional sporting bodies
  • Providing exercise and health guidelines for clients and patients in fitness centres, medical centres, clinics and hospitals
  • Providing occupational health advice to companies and local bodies
  • Teaching at secondary and tertiary level

If you take the Bachelor of Business Studies/Bachelor of Science conjoint programme, you will have excellent potential to develop business opportunities in the sports area.

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