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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 3 years of full-time study, or part-time study over a longer period
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

A university entrance qualification is required.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise prior to 1 January 2019 who have completed at least 15 credits may be permitted to substitute a course or courses already completed for a course or courses included in the Schedule for the degree.  Such students who are enrolled in either the Exercise Prescription and Training, or Physical Education major, may satisfy the credit requirements for the major in accordance with the requirements that were in place at the time of their first enrolment in a course contributing to that major, and, in the case of Exercise Prescription and Training may graduate under that title. Students completing without a major (available prior to 2019), who have completed at least 120 credits, may be exempt from the requirements of 2(c). All other students must fulfil the requirements of one major. These transitional arrangements expire on 31 December 2022.

Physical Education

  1. In 2019, students with 225 credits or more should complete under the current programme structure.
  2. In 2019, students with 120 credits or more should complete second year courses according to the current programme structure, and then move to new regulations for third year (in 2020) – these students should seek academic advice.
  3. Students with less than 120 credits must move to new regulations.

Exercise Prescription and Training – Exercise Prescription

  1. In 2019, students with 225 credits or more should complete under the current programme structure.
  2. In 2019, students with 120 credits or more should move to new regulations – these students must seek academic advice, especially if between 135 and 225 credits have been completed.
  3. Students with less than 120 credits must move to new regulations.

Without Specialisation

  1. In 2019, students with 225 credits or more should complete under the current programme structure.
  2. Students with 135-210 credits can change to the new Sport Development major or remain without major, if the change is detrimental to their time to completion.
  3. Students with 120 credits or less must change to new regulations and choose a major.

If unsure on your transition or completion requirements please seek Academic Advice from the Academic Advice and Information team. 

Planning your programme

Many students at the start of their university studies, are uncertain of their future direction, and this is why the majority of courses proposed for Year 1 are common to all majors. When choosing your elective courses in Year 2, it is important to check that you will have the prerequisite courses for the 200-level and 300-level courses that you may wish to study in future years.

Please remember that when you apply to graduate, each student must show they have met the requirements of a set of regulations for a specific year in which they were enrolled for the qualification they seek.

Full-time students normally enrol for eight 15 credit courses per year (i.e. four per semester). Part-time students normally enrol in two to four courses a year.

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise structure

At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise the following is required.

  • Total of 360 credits.
  • Up to 165 credits (11 courses) at 100-level
  • At least 285 credits from the courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification, of which at least 75 credits must be at 300-level


These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

Majors or endorsements

You will need to choose a major in one of the following three areas: Exercise Prescription, Sport Development or Physical Education. Note: The Without Specialisation option is no longer open to new enrolments and the information below is for returning students only.

To choose the correct courses for your selected major, follow the links below:

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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