Welcome to the Department of Exercise Sciences

We bring together expertise in the Exercise Sciences through the disciplines of of biomechanics, movement neuroscience, exercise physiology, exercise metabolism and exercise psychology.

Join us for a half-day event

The Department of Exercise Sciences welcomes all careers advisers, physical education and science teachers to continue their professional development. Register your attendance.

Exercise Sciences and career paths

Listen to Dr Nick Gant's lecture from the 2017 Courses and Careers Open Day. Find out more about our programmes and future careers.

Combining two passions

Exercise Sciences student Janel Tolentino has been able to blend her love of music with her interest in science and movement. Read more about why she chose Exercise Sciences.

Our department brings together a range of expertise and exercise related disciplines to understand the role of exercise in sustaining health, improving disease outcomes, and enhancing human performance through sport and physical activity.

In addition to outstanding undergraduate teaching the department hosts a pioneering taught postgraduate (PGDip and MSc) programme in the new allied health profession of clinical exercise physiology (CEP). This is the only internationally accredited postgraduate CEP programme in New Zealand.

Study with us to open up a host of exciting career opportunities. 


  • Dr Nick Gant talks to prospective Exercise Sciences students
    02 September 2017
    For those who were unable to attend the 2017 Courses and Careers Open Day, we would like to give our prospective students and their families an opportunity to learn about Exercise Sciences and the career opportunities on offer.
  • Take 10 with... Dr Nicholas Gant
    11 August 2017
    Dr Nicholas Gant from the Department of Exercise Sciences gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss his research about how to fuel our brains to cope with stress.
  • Congratulations to our new graduates
    08 June 2017
    The Department of Exercise Sciences invited its most recent graduates to the Faculty of Science graduation breakfast in the University’s new pavilion.
  • Sleep: the neglected pillar of health (Science Event Tags, Exercise Sciences) Event as iCalendar
    25 October 2017, 12:30 - 1:30pm
    Researchers agree that a healthy diet, regular exercise, and quality sleep are the “three pillars” of a healthy life. Dr Vincent and Dr Lastella will present their current research in shift workers and elite athletes.
  • Could you be hypnotised?
    03 July 2017
    A team of neuroscientists led by Associate Professor Greg Anson, Professor Winston Byblow and Associate Professor Jim Stinear are recruiting healthy right-handed individuals between 18 and 40 years old for a study of motor imagery and hypnosis.