The School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences offers the following majors and minors:
Exercise and Sport Science
Physical Activity and Health
Sports Technology – No new enrolments for the major will be accepted
BA or BSc
Sport Development and Management
The Exercise and Sport Science major curriculum is aligned with the accrediting bodies Sport & Exercise New Zealand and Exercise and Sport Science Australia. This major consists of four main sub-disciplines:
- Exercise physiology
- Motor control and motor learning
- Sport and exercise psychology
About the Bachelor of Science
This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Minors and second majors can be taken as part of the degree, but they are not compulsory. Please note that any of the School's majors and minors can be combined with the Exercise and Sport Science BSc major.
Topics covered in this major include:
- Health and wellbeing
- Physical education
- Exercise prescription
- Community health promotion
- Practical experience, including exercise laboratories and outdoor classrooms.
Sport Development and Management (BA or BSc)
This major is the one only of its kind in New Zealand. Topics covered in this major include:
- Sport marketing and management
- Sport policy and law
- Media studies
- Sport sociology
Choosing between the BSc and BA
Depending on the papers chosen, this major can be taken in either the Bachelor of Science (BSc) or the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees offering flexibility for those interested primarily in sciences or arts/humanities. Minor and second majors can be taken as part of either of these degrees, but are not required.
Please note that any of the School's majors and minors can be combined with the Sport Development and Management major.
Sports Technology (BAppSc)
Please note: No new enrolments for the major will be accepted. Sports Technology is available as a minor subject for a range of degrees.
Study in this subject could lead you to applications such as:
- Modelling of human movement
- Sports performance analysis
- Athlete workload monitoring
- Brain-blood flow neurophysiology
- Broadcasting of sporting events
About the Bachelor of Applied Science
These majors sit within the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) degree. Every BAppSc degree has a compulsory minor or second major. The BAppSc programme encourages real-world business awareness, enabling you to apply what you have learned to any organisation you work for.
Note that each of the School's majors can be taken as a second major in the BAppSc degree. Each of our majors also has an associated minor which could be taken with the a BAppSc major.
How to apply to study in the School of PE, Sport and Exercise Sciences
To apply for our majors, please follow this step by step process:
Apply for the overall programme that the major sits in
- A Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) for the Sports Development and Management major (SPDM)
- A Bachelor of Science (BSc) for the Exercise and Sports Science Major (EXSS)
- A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) for the Physical Education Activity and Health Major (PEAH)
Then you will be asked to choose the major that you want to apply to, e.g., SPDM, EXSS, PEAH
If you run into any problems the quickest way to get help is to contact AskOtago and they can walk you through it or enter data while you are on the phone to them.
What are the entrance criteria?
The entrance criteria is University Entrance, refer to Otago website for more detail
Otago students also have a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of our global student exchange/study abroad programme.
We accept applications for entry into the programmes offered by the School throughout the year.
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