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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