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 base in science coupled with knowledge and skills related to exercise and sport performance.

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What is it like?

Expand and apply your sports knowledge

With the Exercise and Sport Science major, you’ll study the key sport and exercise subjects including:

  • biomechanics
  • exercise physiology
  • motor control
  • sport nutrition
  • sport psychology.

Complemented by a strong understanding of other biophysical sciences, you’ll gain an in depth knowledge of factors that influence health and sports performance.

Our research active staff will help you apply the latest knowledge to various sporting situations. You’ll gain an understanding of how to optimise athletic performance and health through technology, nutrition, psychology and exercise. Additionally, you’ll learn how training and performance are affected by different environments and the power of the mind.

Get the skills you need for a great career

You’ll 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’ll 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 courses such as sport development, exercise prescription, or science programmes such as physiology and human nutrition.

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 and performance
Kelly Irwin
Studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

“Massey University has an excellent reputation and provides the skills that I wanted to learn…”

After six years as a personal trainer, I wanted to learn more to further my career. I decided to do my Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science) degree. I had never studied at this level before so was very nervous.

The University was very accommodating. I have had to work through studying for each course through a long-term injury and two surgeries. The lecturers were incredibly supportive and always extremely helpful. Massey University has an excellent reputation and provides the skills that I wanted to learn.

During the degree thus far, I have learnt about organ and joint dissection to truly understand the human body and how it works with relevance to the particular courses to aid students learning, which I have found invaluable as a hands-on learner.

I am also part of the research team while I study to learn valuable skills that assist in helping me work through my degree. As Massey leads the way with multiple studies, it’s amazing to be a part of it!

This collectively will help me to find a job once I complete my studies and qualify as a sport scientist. I have no regrets in selecting to study at Massey and to now be part of an amazing and supportive department.


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 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 to clients
  • 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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