School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

In the top 150 Sport Science Schools and Departments worldwide

2018 Shanghai World Rankings

The School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition is one of New Zealand’s most innovative, research-led academic groupings encompassing human nutrition and dietetics; exercise science; and sport development, coaching and education. The School delivers excellence in research and teaching and the multidisciplinary approach enables us to be a key influencer on human health, performance and physical development throughout the lifecycle.

Study programmes

Our academic programmes include sport and exercise, sport development, and nutritional and exercise sciences as well as an accredited post-graduate pathway to a professional qualification in dietetics.

Research expertise

Our research aims to reduce the risk of disease and optimise the health, physical development and performance of people and athletes. Our researchers have expertise in sport, exercise, human nutrition, dietetics and metabolic health.


Find out more about the Massey study programmes, research, facilities, services and people working in the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition’s areas of specialisation.

Meet our students

Research centres

Centre for Metabolic Health Research

The Centre for Metabolic Health Research facilitates interdisciplinary research in metabolic health, with key aspects being the prevention of metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and the maintenance of mobility and functionality throughout the lifecycle. 

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Nutrition and Dietetic Centre

The Nutrition and Dietetic Centre combines the clinical, nutritional and research expertise of Massey dietitians and nutritionists with the enthusiasm and creativity of our dietetics students. The Centre is based on the Auckland campus.

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Accreditation and rankings

PhD project ideas

if you are looking to enrol in a PhD, here are some project topics our academic staff could potentially supervise.

Nutrition and Dietetics

For this project, you will undertake a needs assessment and develop interventions to assess the effectiveness of food based, supplement and dining room interventions against nutritional, health and social (QOL) outcome measures among older adults in aged residential care.

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PhD project - older couple nutrition


Nutrition Symposia

The Nutrition Symposia gives health professionals and others working the fields of nutrition, food and wellness, accessible and useful information from nutrition research findings.

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Human nutrition and dietetics facilities

The Human Nutrition and Research Unit has excellent facilities for nutritional assessment and running clinical studies. Our facilities span multiple disciplines in the field, including human studies, animal studies, molecular and cellular biology, microbiology and biochemistry, and rheology.


Sport and exercise laboratories

Our sport and exercise laboratories have the facilities to evaluate performance for a wide range of sports and occupational activities.

Staff and careers

Head of School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

Associate Professor Andrew Foskett

Andrew holds various governance roles within sport and exercise, and high performance, including Special Advisor to the board of Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand (SESNZ) and, member of NZ Football’s High Performance and Player Welfare committee. As a keen practitioner, he has worked with multiple high performance athletes across a diverse range of sports and has participated in numerous international tournaments as an applied sport scientist.

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Careers at Massey

College of Health

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The School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition is one of four interconnected units in the College of Health.

College of Health


Contact us

Postal address


Massey University
Private Bag 102904
North Shore City
Auckland 0745
New Zealand

Palmerston North

PN 621
Private Bag 11-222
Massey University
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand


Massey University
PO Box 756
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Courier address


Massey University, Albany
Gate 4, Building 80, Turitea Place
Albany 0632

Palmerston North

Practical Teaching Complex
Corner of University Ave and Albany Drive
Massey University
Palmerston North


Massey University
Block 3, Room 3C18 Reception
Entrance C, Wallace Street
Wellington 6021

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