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Leading with the world’s best – New Zealand’s top-ranked sport and exercise sciences programme in terms of research and employer reputation

The 2022 QS World University rankings confirm that Otago is New Zealand’s leading university in sport-related teaching and research. Otago’s rank of 15th makes it the only New Zealand university in the top 30 and it also has a 5-star rating. The 15th place global ranking makes SPESES the top-ranked department, across all divisions, at any New Zealand university.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in:

Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in:

Physical Education, Activity and Health

Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in:

Sport Development and Management

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Our diverse programmes will provide the foundation you need to succeed in your chosen career.

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Our research

We are the #1 sport and exercise sciences programme in New Zealand and internationally renowned for the quality of our staff.

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Join a world class dynamic research environment.  Enrol in a postgraduate degree today.

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Explore what makes Science at Otago so special

It’s not just our people – the experts in their fields and passionate students – but also the places we teach and learn: Otago Harbour, Fiordland, Stewart Island, Antarctica and the Pacific that mean our students leave here with highly sought-after skills and experiences.



Stay in touch after you graduate. Join the Otago alumni network and keep connected with your classmates.

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