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What will I learn?

Programme highlights

There are so many places a career in sport and exercise can take you.

Study our Bachelor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science and get the skills to become a leader in the industry.

You will learn how to motivate, empower and help others achieve their fitness goals.

You can choose from a variety of courses in exercise physiology, coaching and personal training, rehabilitation and sports massage and nutrition.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below 12 compulsory courses as well as the required amount of elective courses (360 credits):

Compulsory courses

Level 5

122.502 Structural Kinesiology (15 credits)

127.501 Human Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)

127.502 Sport and Exercise and Biomechanics (15 credits)

724.501 Lifestyle, Nutrition and Health (15 credits)

780.503 Sport in Society (15 credits)

781.507 Skills for Sport and Exercise Science (15 credits)

781.508 Coaching Pedagogy (15 credits)

781.509 Exercise Programming and Performance (15 credits)

Level 6

113.605 Research methods in sport and exercise (15 credits)

721.607 Injury prevention and rehabilitation (15 credits)

781.612 Exercise programme design (15 credits)

781.613 Sport and exercise nutrition (15 credits)

781.615 Sport management and administration Skills (15 credits)

Elective courses

Level 6

You will need to complete three level 6 elective courses (45 credits):

127.606 Applied exercise physiology (15 credits)

127.607 Biomechanical applications in sport and exercise (15 credits)

127.608 Biochemistry (15 credits)

781.614 Issues in sport and exercise psychology (15 credits)

781.616 Sport and therapeutic massage (15 credits)

781.617 Outdoor education (15 credits)

Level 7

You will need to complete 120 credits from any of the following level 7 courses:

115.722 Research topics in sports science (30 credits)

127.703 Applied Biomechanics in sport and exercise (15 credits)

721.703 Assessment and rehabilitation of injuries (15 credits)

724.702 Community nutrition and health promotion (15 credits)

781.707 Applied sport coaching (30 credits)

781.708 Physiological preparation for sport (15 credits)

781.709 Applied exercise programming (15 credits)

781.711 Exercise prescription for special populations (15 credits)

781.712 Practicum (15 credits)

Career opportunities include:

  • Self-employed or employed consultants
  • Self employed Personal Trainers
  • Advisors in specialists fields (rehabilitation, personal training, coaching, sports science, community health, nutrition, psychology)
  • Employment opportunities at gymnasia, recreation centres, sport trusts, educational institutions, sport medicine and physiotherapist clinics as managers, coaches, consultants, performers, lecturers, teachers, trainers, therapists.

Which department am I in?

School of Social Work and Sport

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$20,600.00 (US$ 12,798) per year
This is approximate fees only
Start date

25 July 2022


Manukau Institute of Technology

MIT Otara Campus,

53 Otara Road,



2023, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High School Diploma - SATV & SWATM (mini composite score 1250). Applicants must have successfully completed at least 42 NCEA (or equivalent) credits at Level 3 (including 14 credits in each of two subjects from the NZQA Approved Subjects for University Entrance list); and 8 credits in NCEA English Level 2 (four in reading and four in writing from the NZQA Literacy Requirements for University Entrance list) (or equivalent); and 8 credits in NCEA Mathematics Level 2 (or equivalent); or Successfully completed at least 72 credits at NCEA (or equivalent) Level 2 including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two subjects and including 8 credits in each of reading/writing and mathematics and including 30 credits achieved at Merit or Excellence; or Have at least 60 NZQA recognized credits at Level 5 or higher; or Provide evidence of equivalence through practical, professional or educational experience e.g. three–five years’ full-time work experience (relevant to ICT) they can apply for entry. Evidence of literacy and numeracy will be required. MIT literacy and numeracy assessments are available. English language requirement: IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE (Academic) score of 50.

For international students

Applicants must meet the following (or equivalent) entry requirements:

  • Have a minimum of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects (15 credits per subject) including English and a science subject or physical education
  • Have a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics or pangarau on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)
  • Have a minimum of eight credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori, four credits of which must be in reading and four credits in writing
  • Have 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 from the NZQA approved subject list including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two subjects, and a further 14 credits from no more than two additional subjects or NZQA approved domains
  • Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements noted above will need to provide attested evidence through an interview demonstrating aptitude, ability to study at degree level and appropriate work or other discipline-related experience
  • Have English language competence to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5) or equivalent; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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