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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Sport Development)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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Physical activity, active recreation and sport play important roles in the health, wellbeing and economy of our society. With Massey’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Sport Development) you’ll be prepared for the various roles sport development plays.

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.


The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Sport Development) will equip you for work in the varied and growing, world of sport development. Potential careers and fields of employment include:

  • local, regional and national sport organisations
  • community outreach and corporate social responsibility
  • sport partnership manager
  • physical activity and health promotion
  • sport volunteer coordinator
  • sporting activity, event and programme coordinator
  • coaching capability advisor.

Further study

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

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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