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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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With Massey’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription) you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop, implement and assess exercise programmes for sport performance enhancement, health enhancement, and rehabilitation from injury and disease.

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription) combines theory and practical application. You’ll learn about a range of disciplines. These include body function and movement, sport nutrition, and exercise psychology. You’ll also get an insight into fitness assessment and exercise prescription.

These lay the foundations for enhancing health, wellbeing and performance in the general, compromised and athletic populations.

Real-world experience

The sport and exercise practicum will give you experience working with a variety of individuals in a real-world setting. That includes those with various health conditions and athletes wanting to improve their performance. This will test your fitness assessment, exercise technique and programming skills, while preparing you for entry into the workforce.

Wide range of courses

You will take a set of compulsory courses common to all the BSpEx majors, then select courses specific to Exercise Prescription. You also have room for some optional courses (electives).


The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription) will equip you for a challenging and rewarding career helping people achieve their goals through exercise. The combination of general, compromised health and athlete prescription is an excellent preparation for a career in the health, fitness and sport industry.

Our graduates have gained successful employment in a full variety of areas including:

  • clinical exercise testing
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • green prescription
  • personal training
  • health promotion
  • high performance sport.

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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