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The School has an international reputation for producing independent, well-prepared graduates who become national and international leaders in their respective fields.

High-calibre internationally-recognised staff work hard to provide a vibrant learning environment for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Students have the opportunity to work collegially and dedicated student associations offer mentoring and support as well as social events.

Undergraduate study

We are pleased to announce our new curriculum starting in 2019. The new curriculum reflects our recent QS ranking of 12th in the world, and number 1 in New Zealand of any department in our discipline. We undertook extensive consultation with stakeholder groups, students, alumni and employers to ensure we have an innovative curriculum, located in our research strengths, that meets new directions in physical education, sport and exercise sciences.

We now offer four majors and four minors:

Majors Degree Minors

Exercise and Sport Science


Exercise and Sport Science

Physical Education, Activity and Health


Physical Activity and Health

Sports Technology


Sports Technology

Sport Development and Management

BA or BSc

Sport Development and Management

For further details on our undergraduate courses please visit our Undergraduate course page.

Postgraduate Study

The School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science is excited to announce a new postgraduate programme which will be offered for the first time in 2019. Five new postgraduate qualifications have been designed to complement the new future-focussed undergraduate programme that the School will also launch at this time.

The new postgraduate options include:

Two other new qualifications on offer include named, coursework programmes in Sport Development and Management.

This is a rapidly evolving field in the sport and recreation sector with many new employment opportunities.

Each of these new qualifications have been designed to appeal to a large range of students including those already employed that are seeking to upskill, international students, as well as NZ-based students looking for more advanced study. All students are encouraged to explore these new options closely and consider Otago’s School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science as the best place to come for a world class postgraduate education.

We will continue to offer our PhD programme.

For further details on our postgraduate courses please visit our Postgraduate course page.