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.
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
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.
Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.
- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
- Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc)
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Exercise and Sport Science
SPEX 101 Sport, Science and Society
SPEX 102 Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance
SPEX 201 Biomechanics
SPEX 202 Motor Behaviour
SPEX 203 Exercise Physiology
SPEX 204 Psychology of Sport and Exercise
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.
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
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Note: Students should check the prerequisites for 200- and 300-level papers when selecting papers.