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. AAfter completing our major you will be prepared to write the accreditation tests for these accrediting bodies.
You can combine with other majors and minors across the School to provide multiple specialisations.
We offer a practicum providing the opportunity to gain clinical, lab or field experience.
Exercise and sport also provide essential vehicles for societal life-long learning and wellbeing. The academic study of exercise and sport science will remain an important pursuit for the foreseeable future.
There are no specific Year 12 or 13 level subjects required for admission. However, biology and physics are helpful. Basic numeracy skills are also recommended.
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
We have a strong postgraduate culture and you can undertake further studies in Exercise and Sport Science.
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
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)
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.
Key information for future students
School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences
Tel +64 3 479 8991