Department of Exercise Sciences


Name change for exercise sciences in 2017


From 2017, the Department of Exercise Sciences major changed from Sport and Exercise Science to Exercise Sciences. The course codes will change to: EXERSCI but course code numbers remain unchanged.

From 2017, if you are applying for a place in the BSc, BSc (Hons), PGDipSci and MSc programme you need to submit an application for Exercise Sciences not Sport and Exercise Science.

The course codes have changed from SPORTSCI to EXERSCI, so when you enrol you will need to look, for example, for EXERSCI 101 Foundations of Exercise Sciences and Sport.

The new name of Exercise Sciences is an accurate description of the department’s strong teaching and research emphasis that embraces the significant role that “exercise” and “science” play in understanding how physical activity, rehabilitation, and sport and movement contribute to sustainable health and the well-being of society.  

From an academic perspective the discipline we teach is best represented by the exercise sciences, through the specific subject areas:

  • Biomechanics/Computational Movement Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Movement Neuroscience

These core subject areas, collectively called the Exercise Sciences, will appeal to students whose background includes sciences and physical education and to students interested in an alternative pathway to biomedical science.

Broadly speaking the breadth implied in exercise sciences aligns well with many of the standards of Levels 1-3 in the NCEA physical education curriculum where the emphasis is on learning about and understanding physical activity generally rather than sport specifically.

The change of name to Exercise Sciences, is well recognised internationally and identifies easily with our internationally accredited postgraduate programme in clinical exercise physiology.

We look forward to hearing from you and if you have any questions about Exercise Sciences, please email us.