Undergraduate study in Exercise Sciences

Undergraduate Exercise Sciences students in the teaching lab

What can you study in Exercise Sciences?

You can study Exercise Sciences as a major in the Bachelor of Science (BSc).

You’ll study the physiological, psychological, biomechanical and neural influences on human performance in exercise, sport and the workplace, in both health and disease. This practical and diverse major will offer you the skills you need to work with people in movement science, health, wellness, rehabilitation and sport science.

Laboratory work plays an important role in the Exercise Sciences major and is based around the analysis and evaluation of data collected from humans engaged in physical activity.

As part of your major you will complete the Exercise Sciences capstone course, EXERSCI 399 Applying Exercise Science, where you will apply your theoretical knowledge to practical skills in a supervised research project.  

Structuring your undergraduate programme in Exercise Sciences

Entry requirements for Exercise Sciences

Selection into this major will require a higher standard than some other majors.

Secondary school qualification Rank score required
NCEA 200
CIE 200
IB 28

What if you don’t meet the entry requirements for Exercise Sciences?

If you meet the entry requirements for other majors in the Bachelor of Science (such as Biological Sciences or Physiology), then you should apply for one of these majors.

Where can undergraduate study in Exercise Sciences take you?

Exercise Sciences is an important discipline that relates to all aspects of our everyday life. Our courses cover human physiology, exercise and sports psychology, biomechanics, and movement neuroscience.

Studying Exercise Sciences will facilitate skills for lifelong learning, critical and analytical thinking, communication, independence, collaboration and intellectual curiosity. In laboratory classes you will develop hands-on skills in interacting with human participants and the processes of experimentation.

The programme is committed to developing students' knowledge and skills in the exercise sciences, health, wellness, physical fitness, rehabilitation, sport science and clinical exercise physiology.

Jobs related to Exercise Sciences

  • Cardiac physiologist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Corporate exercise specialist
  • Exercise scientist
  • Human movement scientist
  • Injury prevention consultant
  • Respiratory physiologist
  • Sport and fitness practitioner
  • Sport scientist (consultant in biomechanics, exercise, nutrition, physiology)

Further study options

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

Room G20, Level G
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.es.auckland.ac.nz