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Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Science parent structure.

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
Joel Armstrong
Studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

I have really enjoyed studying at Massey and the sport science staff have always been extremely supportive throughout my time here…”

I enrolled in a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science) at Massey University, as I have always had a keen interest in sport and performance. I began to look for ways to understand and improve my own sporting performance. After familiarising myself with some basic sport science knowledge, I decided to enrol and further my learning.

I have really enjoyed studying at Massey and the sport science staff have always been extremely supportive throughout my time here. Massey has also presented many opportunities for internships and work experience which have proved to be invaluable learning experiences for me.

I chose Massey as I liked the idea of smaller class sizes and a more accessible university. This allowed me to develop relationships with my lecturers, postgraduate students and my classmates.

Studying sport science here presented me with many opportunities, including an internship with North Harbour Rugby. During this internship, I worked with the men's Mitre 10 Cup team during their campaign. I also worked with the U19's and travelled to Taupo with them for the national U19 tournament.


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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