Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

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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. This field is worth $10 billion dollars a year to New Zealand - that’s as big as the dairy industry.

What is it like?

Great jobs - plenty of choices - wide range of subjects

Opt for a degree with a broad interdisciplinary approach or dig deep to specialise in an area of your choice. You can explore courses in science, education and business, all with a sport and exercise flavour. And you can complete it with or without one of three majors.

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. 

All our academic staff are actively researching, to bring you the latest information.

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.

We support the Treaty of Waitangi and Tikanga Maori.

Optional courses

If you take a major, you have room for four optional courses (electives). Electives can be taken from any other undergraduate degree programme. Many students take electives related to sport/exercise, such as ergonomics, sport business, sport biomechanics and exercise physiology.

Decided not to take a major?

No worries. You can take up to six elective courses from any other undergraduate degree programme.

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
Jessica Gates
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

“Many of the lecturers could provide real-life experiences in the sport industry or as high-performance athletes, coaches, managers…”

In her final High School year, Jessica Gates participated in a variety of sports including athletics, football, volleyball, adventure racing and surf lifesaving. Despite this, it wasn’t a given that this Hawke’s Bay local would turn her passion for sport and exercise into a profession. “I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew that I loved sports and being active, but I didn’t know if I wanted to turn a passion into a career.”

This all changed when Jessica began coaching football at a local primary school. “Seeing how much the kids loved having someone come in and take the class and how well they responded to my passion for the sport helped me make up my mind.” Jessica also knew she wanted a job that was active and exciting – a job where every day is different.

Jessica studied a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise at Massey University Manawatu campus. She loved her time and experiences at Massey. “Many of the lecturers could provide real-life experiences in the sport industry or as high-performance athletes, coaches, managers.”

Thanks to unpaid work experience in her final year at Massey, she found a job straight out of university. “If you have a passion for sport, a ‘go out there and get it’ attitude, and are interested in making the world a healthier and better place through sport and exercise, a similar career could be what you’re looking for.”


The BSpEx, with or without a major, 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:

  • Local sporting authorities
  • Community sports centres
  • Fitness centres
  • Homes for the elderly
  • Medical centres, hospitals or clinics
  • Sports trainer or coach
  • National sporting bodies
  • Teaching (further study required, such as a Graduate Diploma of Teaching)
  • School sport coordinators
  • Sports teams

Because of its broad interdisciplinary base and distance courses, the BSpEx without a major is an attractive option if you want to gain a qualification while engaged in the community. It is also ideal if you want to develop a portfolio of sport and exercise study without the specific requirements of a major.

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 Nestle, 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.
Join the engine of the new New Zealand

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