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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Exercise and Sport Science)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning

Get scientific and practical skills

The Bachelor of Science with Honours (Exercise and Sport Science) is ideal for you if you want a broad knowledge base in sport, coupled with practical, applied skills that will make you a sought-after employee in the health and fitness world. It is a highly regarded programme for students who have achieved a high standard of academic performance in the Bachelor of Science.

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What is it like?

Expand your sports knowledge

With the Bachelor of Science with Honours (Exercise and Sport Science), you’ll study a broad range of subjects relating to sport and exercise like biomechanics, exercise physiology and training science. Together, this foundation helps you understand and enhance sport performance and improve health.

Get the skills you need for a great career

You will 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 will 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 sport programmes such as sport management and coaching, exercise prescription and training, or science programmes such as physiology and human nutrition.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a personal interest in sport, exercise and health
  • Are fascinated by how the body moves, particularly during sport
  • Want to learn more about how exercise influences health


You could work in a wide range of areas including teaching, coaching, 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 for clients and patients in fitness centres, medical centres, clinics or hospitals
  • Providing occupational health advice to companies and local bodies
  • Teaching at secondary and tertiary level

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Exercise and Sport Science) is a prestigious qualification that students frequently pursue when aspiring to a research or academic career and planning to undertake doctoral study.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings.
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

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