Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

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Join the sport and exercise industry, one of New Zealand’s biggest sectors

With Massey’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (BSpEx) you’ll be equipped with valuable skills to work in the world of health and physical activity. This field is worth $10 billion dollars a year to New Zealand - that’s as big as the dairy industry.

What is it like?

Great jobs - plenty of choices - wide range of subjects

Get a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of key sport and exercise concepts and knowledge in your first year, then dig deeper by choosing one of three specialist areas in years two and three. As part of your major, you will gain valuable real world experience in our sport and exercise practicum, this will allow you to apply your skills and knowledge and prepare you for entry in to the workforce.

World-class, highly experienced staff

You will learn from the best, with many of our staff involved in sport at the highest levels as competitors, coaches, administrators and managers. Our research active academic staff will teach you the most up to date information to help prepare you for the ever changing and expanding world of sport and exercise.

Strong student support

Small class sizes are personalised to your learning style. We’re there for you - your lecturers are approachable, helpful and committed to your success.

Outstanding facilities

You will enjoy working in first-class facilities including our state-of-the-art human performance labs.

We support the Treaty of Waitangi and Tikanga Māori.

Optional courses

Within your major, you have room for five optional courses (electives). Electives can be taken from any other undergraduate degree programme and many students take electives related to sport and exercise topics, such as sport business, psychology and sport science. Students specialising in Physical Education who plan to go on to secondary school teaching are required to choose electives for a second teaching subject.

A good fit if you:

  • are passionate about sport and exercise
  • are keen to build a healthier world with a sport-focused degree
  • want to help people live happier, healthier, better lives
Olivia Tilyard
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription)

“I thoroughly enjoyed my three years and feel very privileged to have been taught by such fantastic lecturers who have prepared me well for a career in exercise prescription…”

Growing up, I have always had a serious interest in sport and exercise and was involved in multiple sport teams playing at representative levels. I decided that I wanted to turn my passion into my career.

What attracted me to study the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription) at Massey University in Palmerston North, was how the degree offered both practical and theory components which provided a valuable hands-on experience throughout the three years. The degree also offered a large variety of papers across the discipline of exercise prescription including biomechanics, kinesiology, athletic conditioning, sport science, and sport nutrition.

Engaging lecturers who had extensive knowledge and experience in their specific areas, also made studying this degree really enjoyable. They were friendly and approachable which helped to create a positive learning environment. As students, we were given multiple opportunities to apply the theory and knowledge into a range of practical situations. This degree allowed me the opportunity to work alongside and train clients with a variety of health-related conditions including multiple sclerosis, paraplegia, stroke victims, and obesity. I was also exposed to working with high performance sports teams, learnt about team training and personal training.

Completing this degree at Massey University has provided me with the tools, knowledge and practical experience for me to graduate and enter the career as a sports therapist and trainer at Xalt 110% Sports Performance Clinic in Palmerston North.

I am really glad I made the decision to study the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription) at Massey University. I thoroughly enjoyed my three years and feel very privileged to have been taught by such fantastic lecturers who have prepared me well for a career in exercise prescription.


The BSpEx will prepare you for a variety of careers in New Zealand’s large sport and exercise industry. This might include the growing areas of community sport, fitness, professional sport, sport administration and wellness. Potential careers and fields include:

  • community sports and fitness centres
  • medical centres, hospitals, clinics and aged care facilities
  • national and regional sporting organisations
  • school sport coordinator
  • sport events and recreation programmes
  • sport venues and facilities
  • sport, health and physical activity promotion
  • sports trainer or coach of athletes and teams
  • teaching (further study required, such as a Graduate Diploma of Teaching).

What makes sport and exercise at Massey - and you - a winner?

  • You’ll benefit from our enviable industry connections.
  • We have strong alliances with leading national sport organisations.
  • We are New Zealand’s go-to group for companies such as Nestle, for sports nutrition.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded by employers.
  • Our hands-on internship programmes give you invaluable real-life work experience, which often leads directly to job offers.

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