Sport and Exercise Science Major - Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Sport and exercise science focuses on improving sports performance, based on anatomy, biomechanics, nutrition and physiology, fitness assessment and exercise prescription.

AUT is New Zealand’s top ranked university for sport and exercise science research, and our graduates go on to a range of exciting careers. The Sport and Exercise Science major is supported by the Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), based at AUT Millennium.

You investigate issues related to human movement, physical conditioning, sports and exercise nutrition, exercise prescription and assessment, movement, exercise physiology and strength and conditioning. Our strong industry links with the high performance sport and fitness industry open up great opportunities for your workplace experience, and there are frequent visits from experts in the field.


This is part of the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

Semester 2 papers

Year 2

This year also includes two work placements of 30-40 hours, designed to introduce you to the workplace and help you identify where you want to complete your third-year workplace experience.

Year 3

Papers you study this year

Workplace experience

In your third year you complete 350 to 400 hours in an organisation, which includes working on a project related to your major through the Cooperative Education papers. This takes approximately two days per week.

Recent placements included:

  • High Performance Sport New Zealand
  • AUT Millennium
  • Auckland Cricket
  • Auckland Rugby
  • Counties Rugby
  • Emirates Team New Zealand
  • Jetts
  • Les Mills
  • New Zealand Breakers
  • New Zealand Police
  • New Zealand Rugby League
  • North Harbour Rugby
  • Northern Mystics Netball
  • Secondary school sports academies
  • YMCA
  • Sport or exercise scientist
  • Fitness trainer
  • Health and wellness advisor
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical conditioning or training instructor
  • School sports academy co-ordinator

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Sport & Exercise Science Careers

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.