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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Sport Development)

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Sport Development for your Bachelor of Sport and Exercise at Massey

Sport Development is multi-disciplinary. It can relate to the ‘development of sport’ and the wider society-based ‘sport for development’.

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Sport Development) will prepare you for work in this varied and fast growing area of the sport industry, whether you are looking at sport from the perspective of:

increasing participation,

developing athlete career pathways,

establishing corporate social responsibility initiatives that lead to social change, or,

enhancing the function of sport organisations.

This qualification will provide knowledge in topics such as sport sociology, sport event management and the effective coordination of sport organisations. It will also teach you about health, coaching, community, and sport pedagogy. You will be further prepared for a career in sport development through a customised ‘Professional Development for the Sport Industry’ course, followed by a guided industry-based practicum.

You will take a set of compulsory courses, common to all the BSpEx majors, followed by a set of prescribed courses specific to sport development.

Real-world experience

Our strong connections within the sport industry, including a number of national and regional sport and recreation organisations, provide opportunities for you to gain valuable experience. You will apply your knowledge while placed at one of these organisations during your sport and exercise practicum.

Further study

If you successfully complete this qualification, you could go on to further study, for instance the Master of Health Science.

A Bachelor of Sport and Exercise in Sport Development is a good fit if you:

want to help promote sport participation

want to work with community partners to extend the outcomes sport has to offer

see the potential for sport and physical activity to positively influence society.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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