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

Opt for a degree with a broad interdisciplinary approach or dig deep to specialise in an area of your choice. You can explore courses in science, education and business, all with a sport and exercise flavour. And you can complete it with or without one of three majors.

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. 

All our academic staff are actively researching, to bring you the latest information.

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 Maori.

Optional courses

If you take a major, you have room for four optional courses (electives). Electives can be taken from any other undergraduate degree programme. Many students take electives related to sport/exercise, such as ergonomics, sport business, sport biomechanics and exercise physiology.

Decided not to take a major?

No worries. You can take up to six elective courses from any other undergraduate degree programme.

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
Tim Berry
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

“Sport is more than just a hobby for me, it’s my passion and my life…”

That’s what 18-year old Tim Berry, from the small rural town of Reporoa, has to say when asked about his studies.

Tim was awarded a Massey scholarship for excellence in his field. The scholarship supports new Massey University students who hold a previous record of high achievement in art and academia. While at Reporoa College, he excelled and was appointed Deputy Head Boy and Dux.

Tim is studying for a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise at Massey’s Manawatu campus. He loves everything about sport and has a particular passion for golf, a sport he began playing at the age of 14. This was in addition to others sports he played, including cricket, basketball, rugby, volleyball and badminton. Now, at university, his dream is to build a successful career in the sport industry while making a difference to people’s lives through golf. While his favourite golfer is American professional Rickie Fowler, he nominates Northern Irish Rory McIIroy as the best golfer in the world.

At Massey, Tim says he’s meeting many like-minded people and enjoying his studies, which he finds challenging yet with a manageable workload. He appreciates the quality of resources and equipment available to students, especially the gym with its wide range of fitness gear.

‘I chose to study at Massey because it offered the best sport and exercise degree in the country. This, along with the beautiful campus and two nearby golf courses, is what influenced my decision to study here.’


The BSpEx, with or without a major, 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:

  • Local sporting authorities
  • Community sports centres
  • Fitness centres
  • Homes for the elderly
  • Medical centres, hospitals or clinics
  • Sports trainer or coach
  • National sporting bodies
  • Teaching (further study required, such as a Graduate Diploma of Teaching)
  • School sport coordinators
  • Sports teams

Because of its broad interdisciplinary base and distance courses, the BSpEx without a major is an attractive option if you want to gain a qualification while engaged in the community. It is also ideal if you want to develop a portfolio of sport and exercise study without the specific requirements of a major.

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.
Join the engine of the new New Zealand

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