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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 3 years of full-time study, or part-time study over a longer period
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Join the sport and exercise industry, one of New Zealand’s biggest sectors

With Massey’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (BSpEx) you’ll be equipped with valuable skills to work in the world of health and physical activity.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Great jobs - plenty of choices - wide range of subjects

Get a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of key sport and exercise concepts and knowledge in your first year, then dig deeper by choosing one of three specialist areas in years two and three. As part of your major, you will gain valuable real world experience in our sport and exercise practicum, this will allow you to apply your skills and knowledge and prepare you for entry in to the workforce.

World-class, highly experienced staff

You will learn from the best, with many of our staff involved in sport at the highest levels as competitors, coaches, administrators and managers. Our research active academic staff will teach you the most up to date information to help prepare you for the ever changing and expanding world of sport and exercise.

Strong student support

Small class sizes are personalised to your learning style. We’re there for you - your lecturers are approachable, helpful and committed to your success.

Outstanding facilities

You will enjoy working in first-class facilities including our state-of-the-art human performance labs, Sport & Rugby Institute, athletic track and sports fields.

Optional courses

Within your major, you have room for five optional courses (electives). Electives can be taken from any other undergraduate degree programme and many students take electives related to sport and exercise topics, such as sport business, psychology and sport science. Students specialising in Physical Education who plan to go on to secondary school teaching are required to choose electives for a second teaching subject.

A good fit if you:

  • are passionate about sport and exercise
  • are keen to build a healthier world with a sport-focused degree
  • want to help people live happier, healthier, better lives
Tim Berry
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

I have met so many like-minded people, all of whom share a passion for sport, as I do. The resources and equipment available to students is of the highest order, and the workload is made to be very manageable. I chose to study at Massey because it offered the best sport and exercise degree in the country. This, along with the beautiful campus and two nearby golf courses, is what influenced my decision to study here. This degree has supplied the vital skills I need to do my PGA (Professional Golf Association) apprenticeship.


The BSpEx will prepare you for a variety of careers in New Zealand’s large sport and exercise industry. This might include the growing areas of community sport, fitness, professional sport, sport administration and wellness. Potential careers and fields include:

  • community sports and fitness centres
  • medical centres, hospitals, clinics and aged care facilities
  • national and regional sporting organisations
  • school sport coordinator
  • sport events and recreation programmes
  • sport venues and facilities
  • sport, health and physical activity promotion
  • sports trainer or coach of athletes and teams
  • teaching (further study required, such as a Graduate Diploma of Teaching).

What makes sport and exercise at Massey - and you - a winner?

  • You’ll benefit from our enviable industry connections.
  • We have strong alliances with leading national sport organisations.
  • We are New Zealand’s go-to group for companies such as Nestlé, for sports nutrition.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded by employers.
  • Our hands-on internship programmes give you invaluable real-life work experience, which often leads directly to job offers.

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