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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Name change from 'Exercise Prescription and Training'
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Help others realise their health and performance potential

With Massey’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription) you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop, implement and assess exercise programmes to enhance sport performance, health, and rehabilitation from injury and disease.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise parent structure.

What is it like?

Combining theory and practical application, you’ll learn about a range of disciplines including body function and movement, sport nutrition, exercise psychology, fitness assessment and exercise prescription. These disciplines lay the foundations for enhancing health, wellbeing and performance in the general, compromised and athletic populations.

Real-world experience

The sport and exercise practicum will give you experience working with a variety of individuals in a real-world setting, including those with various health conditions and athletes wanting to improve their performance. This will test your fitness assessment, exercise technique and programming skills, while preparing you for entry into the workforce.

Wide range of courses

You will take a set of compulsory courses common to all the BSpEx majors, then select courses specific to Exercise Prescription. You have room for five optional courses (electives). Electives can be taken from any other undergraduate degree programme. Many students take electives related to exercise, sport and health, such as hauora, nutrition, sport coaching and sport business.

A good fit if you:

  • Are passionate about sport and exercise
  • Are keen to build a healthier world with an exercise-focused degree
  • Want a hands-on, practical experience
Olivia Tilyard
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription)
Fitness Manager - CityFitness, Palmerston North

“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 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription) will equip you for a challenging and rewarding career helping people achieve their goals through exercise. The combination of general, compromised health and athlete prescription is an excellent preparation for a career in the health, fitness and sport industry.

Our graduates have gained successful employment in a full variety of areas including:

  • clinical exercise testing
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • green prescription
  • personal training
  • health promotion
  • high performance sport

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