Sport and Exercise Science department

Sport and exercise science is a broad area covering two main elements: sports performance and health and wellbeing. While sport science is a well-established discipline that focuses on sport performance enhancement, there is a growing interest and industry tied to health and wellbeing. Exercise scientists have a role in providing specific exercise advice to the general public, seeking to improve their health.

AUT's highly ranked and globally renowned Sport and Exercise Science department is part of sport and recreation at AUT.

Research in sport and recreation


This multi-disciplinary research team conducts high impact research, service and education to improve human performance. Research groups include sport and exercise performance, athlete development, metabolic exercise science, endurance performance, sports physiology and nutrition, strength and conditioning, sports business and coaching and pedagogy.

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Industry and research associations

We have strong links with the sport and health industry, so our courses and research have an applied and practical focus.

Chloe McKenzie
Erin Bowerman
Damian Tuiloma
Renata Bastos Gottgtroy

Contact us

Undergraduate
Chris Whatman
Discipline Leader of Sport and Exercise Science
Senior Lecturer
Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext 7037

chris.whatman@aut.ac.nz

Postgraduate
Jennifer Nikolai
Head of Postgraduate, School of Sport and Recreation
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7858

jennifer.nikolai@aut.ac.nz

News
Emeriti Professors
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Vice Chancellor Derek McCormack
Emeriti Professors
AUT appoints five Professors Emeriti
26 Jun, 2019
Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack has awarded the honorary title of Professor Emeritus to five senior professors.
TBI Network
Traumatic Brain Injury Network
16 May, 2019
An online Q+A session and introduction to the new Traumatic Brain Injury Network.
62% increase in AUT researchers
62% increase in AUT researchers
30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
Balls and rackets on AstroTurf
AUT number one for sport science in NZ
26 Oct, 2018
New rankings place AUT as New Zealand’s top university for sport science.
Vice Chancellor Derek McCormack
ISBS honours AUT Vice Chancellor
12 Sep, 2018
Vice Chancellor Derek McCormack’s championing of sports science has been honoured with the Inaugural ISBS 2018 Conference President’s Award.