Postgraduate study in Exercise Sciences

What can you study in Exercise Sciences?

Postgraduate study in Exercise Sciences provides the opportunity to achieve an advanced level of knowledge in a range of areas relevant to exercise, sport, health and rehabilitation science. You will gain academic and clinical experience when working with allied health professionals. This will prepare you for innovative practice across the health industry, assisting people with a wide range of health conditions and diseases. You will gain advanced knowledge of the evidence-based processes associated with investigating and understanding how the brain and body function.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Biomechanics and computational movement science
  • Exercise physiology and metabolism
  • Exercise and sport psychology
  • Movement neuroscience and motor control

Examples of research topics include:

  • The development of artificial intelligence in gait classification for children with spastic cerebral palsy
  • Investigating non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and thermoregulation during exercise
  • The role of physical activity in adults with depression
  • Understanding the effects of healthy ageing and stroke on neural circuits within the brain and the implications this may have for motor function and recovery

Subject structure

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Exercise Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Exercise Sciences

Master of Science (MSc) in Exercise Sciences 120-point (one-year) research masters

Master of Science (MSc) in Exercise Sciences 240-point research masters


Where can postgraduate study in Exercise Sciences take you?

There is a growing demand for exercise scientists and accredited exercise physiologists who have the skills to research, and work with clients, to prevent and manage chronic diseases and injuries.

Jobs related to Exercise Sciences

  • Cardiac physiologist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise scientist
  • Human movement scientist
  • Injury prevention consultant
  • Research scientist
  • Respiratory physiologist
  • Sport and fitness practitioner

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics.