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Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

414421 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 82.30 (for 2017)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): AdvDIP
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Assumed Knowledge

Key features

  • Study South Australia’s only double degree in human movement and psychology.
  • Study the only undergraduate double degree in South Australia to include core courses in psychology, counselling, interpersonal skills and human movement.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests through streams in multiple human movement disciplines such as Health and Physical Education.
  • Graduate industry-ready when you complete practical workplace experience.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, such as an exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, exercise physiology laboratories and a health and fitness centre.
  • Learn from award-winning researchers in their field, and at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology and social work1
  • Be taught by world-class staff, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and current high performance coaches.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



This unique double degree, which is the only one of its type in South Australia, will provide you with expertise in the areas of human movement, psychology, counselling and interpersonal skills. With a strong practical and multi-disciplinary industry focus, you will graduate with a specialised set of skills to meet emerging market needs.

The human movement component will allow you to develop a holistic understanding of the impact that exercise and physical activity has on the biological, psychological and social parameters of human life.

The psychological science component provides a balance of courses in psychology theory and counselling – for graduates this means you will enter the workforce with a strong understanding of psychology, as well as the analytical, communication and interpersonal skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities.

Practical learning constitutes a large focus of this degree, enhancing the work-readiness of graduates – the value of this study component has been recognised nationally in the form of an award from the Australian Federal Government Office of Teaching and Learning.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). Completion of this honours degree can lead to employment as a practicing psychologist (additional requirements must also be met).

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the program.

Why Bachelor of Human Movement, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills)

Why this Degree

This double degree enables you to graduate with two qualifications with only one extra year of study.

In the first year you will complete a work placement, which will offer industry exposure from the very beginning. You will also learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers, at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology and social work1

Our on-campus facilities are extensive and are a great way to develop practical skills and explore and experience the hands-on nature of this growing industry. Our extensive industry relationships will also be of value, and you will have access to industry partners and alliances from a range of elite and local sporting organisations.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

We have teamed up with a number of elite and local sporting organisations, such as the Port Adelaide Football Club and Basketball SA, providing you with excellent networking opportunities.

You will also complete a placement as part of your study, further enhancing industry networks and relationships.

We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As the health, wellbeing and nutrition industries continue to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this degree are promising.

Careers to consider include:

  • athlete counselling: concerned with the wellbeing, mental functioning and physical performance of athletes
  • sports coach: provide expert training advice to sporting professionals, and analyse their performances to provide further feedback and development strategies
  • school counsellor: assist students and listen to their concerns about academic, emotional or social problems
  • researcher: collect, collate, analyse, organise and publish information

With further study, this double degree can be a pathway into secondary school teaching or psychology. 

As a graduate of the Health and Physical Education stream within this double degree you’ll be eligible to apply for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and upon successful completion you will be qualified to teach health and physical education up to year 12, psychology up to year 12, and science up to year 10. For more information, visit our secondary health and physical education teaching page.

To become a professionally practicing or research psychologist you must complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree. You must finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for honours. You will then need to complete a two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical) or PhD in Psychology.

You could also take your career to the next level with postgraduate coursework in areas such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy. You can complete a graduate certificate in six months, a graduate diploma in one year, and a master in one to two years.

Industry facts


To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 19,600 (15.6 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This unique double degree will provide you with expertise in the areas of human movement and psychological science. You will graduate with a specialised set of skills to meet emerging market needs.

During your first year you will study human movement courses, which will give you a solid understanding of:

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • human movement professional practice
  • health and physical activity
  • growth and motor development
  • group and team psychology 

In the second year, you will be introduced to:

  • exercise physiology
  • nutrition
  • motor control
  • psychology 

The third and fourth years have a strong practical focus and it is during this time that you will develop influencing skills and intervention strategies, gain knowledge of psychological disorders, and study the relationship between psychology and physical activity.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • presentations
  • quizzes
  • group reports
  • critical analysis
  • assignments
  • essays
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Physical Activity and Health HLTH 1044 4.5
Foundations in Human Movement, Exercise and Sports Science HLTH 1039 4.5
Physiology Essentials 100 BIOL 1051 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Group and Team Psychology HLTH 1017 4.5
Lifespan Growth and Motor Development HLTH 1043 4.5
Fitness and Lifestyle Management HLTH 1013 4.5
Principles of Teaching and Coaching HLTH 1027 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Motor Control and Learning HLTH 2026 4.5
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Dance as Education and Recreation EDUC 3066 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Outdoor Leadership HLTH 2024 4.5
Counselling Foundations BEHL 1022 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5 Note(s): 1
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Game, Sports Theory, Practice and Participation EDUC 3067 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Counselling Skills BEHL 2013 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 2 4.5
Health Risks and Relationship Education HLTH 2013 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Counselling Interventions BEHL 3018 4.5
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 3 4.5
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5 Note(s): 2
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Psychophysiology of Sleep BEHL 3029 4.5
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5
Conservation Psychology BEHL 3022 4.5
Language, Context and Social Behaviour BEHL 3023 4.5
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 4.5

As Program Director since 2013 I head a staff of outstanding teachers and researchers that educate highly capable graduates who are engaged with industry and can contribute to a healthier society. Many health related industries need joint expertise in human movement and psychological science, which is why we designed a double degree.

As well as a passion for outdoor education and research, I love seeing students develop new capabilities and graduating with a passion to make a difference in their world.

Mr Scott Polley

Program Director

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Mr Scott Polley

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >


Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

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Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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