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Undergraduate major in Exercise Sciences

Subject description


Exercise Sciences provides skills for working with people in exercise science, movement science, health, wellness, rehabilitation and sport science.

Undergraduate Exercise Sciences

Undergraduate Exercise Sciences involves the study of physiological, psychological, biomechanical, neuro-motor and sociological influences on human performance in sport, work and exercise. Laboratory work plays an important part of the programme and is based around the analysis and evaluation of data collected from humans playing sport, at work, or undergoing physical rehabilitation.

Postgraduate Exercise Sciences

With internationally recognised scholars on staff, the Department of Exercise Sciences is committed to the University's mandate of producing high quality research. The department has excellent equipment and facilities that support laboratory work and staff/student research. Health and Performance practices are a part of the University of Auckland Clinics at Tāmaki Innovation Campus and include the Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic, the Exercise Rehabilitation Clinic, UniSports Centre for Sport Performance and Training Centre, and the Biomechanics Laboratory. These practices are an integral part of the department’s academic courses and research activity and serve as an interface with the public in sporting, rehabilitation and health contexts.

A graduate degree in Exercise Sciences can be an important step toward a rewarding and successful career. All postgraduate degrees provide the opportunity for students to achieve an advanced level of knowledge in a range of areas relevant to sport, exercise, health and movement science. The PGDipSci and BSc(Hons) permit an introduction to academic research in the latter half of a one year programme of study. Research-based degrees such as MSc and PhD permit intensive research experience using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities under the close supervision of highly qualified academic staff. Postgraduate study is also available in the area of Clinical Exercise Physiology for neuro-musculo-skeletal problems.



Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Exercise Sciences major

Single or first major must include:

Second major must include:

The BIOSCI 107, MEDSCI 142, MEDSCI 205, PSYCH 108 or 109 courses are offered by other departments. These courses are prerequisites for the Exercise Sciences BSc programme. Students are advised to enrol in these courses as soon as enrolments open. Failure to take these courses as prescribed will entail a disruption in the programme plan and may prevent students enrolling in courses for which they are prerequisites. Please refer to the University Calendar for regulations.

Please note:
How you structure your programme and choose your optional courses will affect your eligibility for the BSc(Hons) degree or the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology offered by the department. Similarly, if you intend to study for conjoint degree programmes, you will need to carefully select your choices. Specific information and recommendations are available in the Department of Exercise Sciences handbook and applicants are strongly encouraged to seek further advice.

Stage I courses

Three courses are offered at Stage I. EXERSCI 101, EXERSCI 103 are compulsory courses, and EXERSCI 105 is an elective course for students planning to major in Exercise Sciences.

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Career opportunities

The programme will suit the needs of students seeking a career in the fields connected with exercise science, movement science, health, wellness, physical fitness, rehabilitation, sport science and clinical exercise physiology. The course does not aim to produce expertise specifically for recreation management or physical education teaching, although a number of graduates have developed successful careers in these areas. Examples of potential careers include: Cardiac physiologist, Clinical exercise physiologist, Exercise scientist, Human movement scientist, Injury prevention consultant, Rehabilitation practitioner, Respiratory physiologist, Sport and fitness practitioner, Sport scientist (consultant in biomechanics, exercise, nutrition, physiology).


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Exercise Sciences Undergraduate Handbook.

Alternatively, staff at the Department of Exercise Sciences, located on Level 1 of Building 907, at Newmarket Campus (end of Suiter Street off Khyber Pass Road), can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisors.  For an appointment, please:

Phone: +64 9 923 6887
Email: exercise-sciences@auckland.ac.nz



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