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Study Exercise and Sport Science at Otago

Understanding the science of human movement and performance.

The list of benefits of exercise and sport participation on health, well-being and quality of life is continually growing. Exercise and Sport Science is an internationally recognised scientific discipline consisting of four core sub-disciplines: Biomechanics, Motor control / learning development, Physiology, and Psychology.

Our curriculum is aligned with accrediting bodies in Exercise and Sport Science providing attractive career opportunities.

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Why study Exercise and Sport Science?

Our curriculum is aligned with Sport and Exercise New Zealand, and Exercise and Sport Science Australia. After completing our major you will be prepared for their accreditation tests.

Our flexible approach means that you can combine with other major and minor subjects within the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, to provide multiple specialisations to align with your interests. The practical components of study provide opportunities for clinical, lab, or field experience.

Career opportunities

There are numerous opportunities for graduates in Exercise and Sport Science.

Our graduates build careers in roles such as:

  • Sport scientist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Mental skills trainer
  • Performance analyst
  • Technique analyst
  • Strength and conditioning trainer
  • Sport / health industry research and development
  • Personal trainer
  • Exercise prescription adviser

Background required

There are no specific Year 12 or 13 level NCEA subjects required for admission, however Biology and Physics are helpful. Basic numeracy skills are also recommended.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Exercise and Sport Science

Level Papers Points
100-level

SPEX 101  Sport, Science and Society

SPEX 102  Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance

ANAT 101  Anatomy for Sport and Exercise  (or HUBS 191 and HUBS 192)

PHSL 101  Physiology for Sport and Exercise  (or HUBS 191 and HUBS 192)

18

18

18

18

200-level

SPEX 201  Biomechanics

SPEX 202  Motor Behaviour

SPEX 203  Exercise Physiology

SPEX 204  Psychology of Sport and Exercise

18

18

18

18

300-level

Four of:
SPEX 301  Performance Analysis
SPEX 302  Skill Acquisition across the Lifespan
SPEX 303  Exercise Energetics and Physiology
SPEX 304  Sport Psychology
SPEX 305  Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation
SPEX 316  Practicum
SPEX 317  Neural Control of Movement*

72

Plus

144 further points (SPEX 206 Te Pū o te Ora Māori Physical Education and Health recommended); must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science.

144

Total   360

*Further information will be available for this paper in early September.

Minor subject requirements

Exercise and Sport Science as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level SPEX 102  Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance 18
200-level

Three of:
SPEX 201  Biomechanics
SPEX 202  Motor Behaviour
SPEX 203  Exercise Physiology
SPEX 204  Psychology of Sports and Exercise

54
300-level

One of:
SPEX 301  Performance Analysis
SPEX 302  Skill Acquisition across the Lifespan
SPEX 303  Exercise Energetics and Physiology
SPEX 304  Sport Psychology
SPEX 305  Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation
SPEX 316  Practicum
SPEX 317 Neural Control of Movement*

18
 

Note: Students should check the prerequisites for 200- and 300-level papers when selecting papers.

 
Total   90

*Further information will be available for this paper in early September.

Key information for future students

Contact us

School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences
Tel +64 3 479 8991
Email physical-education@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/sopeses