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4 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2018: AUD$ 31,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
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Key features

  • Tailor your degree to your interests through streams in multiple human movement disciplines, such as Health and Physical Education.
  • Study a degree that is informed by our well above world-class research1.
  • Graduate industry-ready when you complete practical workplace experience.
  • Learn in on-campus biomechanics, exercise physiology and nutrition facilities.
  • Build your skills in two highly complementary fields.
  • Be taught by world-class staff, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and current high performance coaches.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Human Movement and Sports Science, and Nutrition and Dietetics



This double degree is for students who want to combine their passion for health and exercise with nutrition.

Through theoretical and practical learning you will become an expert in all aspects of nutrition and food sciences and be ready to improve the health, fitness and wellbeing of the community.

You will also learn from world-class industry experts in an environment that provides opportunities for practical learning, and complete a work placement that will provide you with valuable industry experience.

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 degree.

Why Bachelor of Human Movement, Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Why this Degree

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

In the first year you will complete a placement, meaning you will be exposed to industry from the very beginning. 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.

You will also have access to industry partners and alliances from a range of elite and local sporting organisations.

Real-world connections

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

You will be required to complete a placement, further enhancing industry networks and relationships. 

In addition, we also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As the health, nutrition, exercise and wellness industries continue to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this degree are promising. In fact, the nutrition industry in Australia is predicted to experience 37.1 per cent growth through to November 20201.

Employment opportunities for graduates are broad, depending on your chosen stream. You may choose to gain employment as a:

  • sports and fitness nutritionist: responsible for improving the health and optimising the performance of athletes
  • community nutritionist: create changes in attitude toward nutrition and health; provide advice, guidance and support to the community
  • health promotion officer: plan and coordinate health promotion programs for various community groups
  • researcher: plan and conduct laboratory-based investigations, experiments and trials; analyse results in order to broaden scientific understanding
  • nutrition and food policy advisor: provide health and nutrition advice to the public

With further study, this double degree can also be a pathway into secondary school teaching. 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). For more information including subjects you'll be able to teach, visit our secondary health and physical education teaching page.

Other postgraduate coursework areas include physiotherapy or occupational therapy. You can complete a graduate certificate in six months, a graduate diploma in one year, and a masters in one to two years.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation and recognition

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for professional membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).

Graduates of the program are initially eligible to apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia for registration as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr), leading to Registered Nutritionist (RNutr), usually after three years of experience.

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


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This double degree offers a combination of nutrition and human movement, providing you with a strong blend of theoretical, practice-based and industry learning.

In the first year you will study human movement courses, giving you a solid understanding of:

  • human anatomy
  • physiology
  • human movement professional practice
  • health and physical activity
  • growth and motor development across the lifespan
  • introduction to nutrition

You will also begin a series of chosen specialist courses that relate to your area of interest. You can choose to complete a stream in areas such as:

  • Health and Physical Education
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Sports Coaching
  • Outdoor Education
  • Health Promotion

In the second year, the focus will be on developing your knowledge in human movement and nutrition, and in your third and fourth years you’ll develop practical skills such as:

  • critical thinking skills
  • practice-based skills
  • knowledge of physical activity
  • knowledge of nutrition theory and practice

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 assignments
  • group reports
  • research 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)
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Foundations in Human Movement, Exercise and Sports Science HLTH 1039 4.5
Physiology Essentials 100 BIOL 1051 4.5
Foundations of Physical Activity and Health HLTH 1044 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)
Chemistry in Life 100 CHEM 1013 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Molecules to Tissues A BIOL 1007 4.5
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Chemistry in Life 101 CHEM 1014 4.5
Sensory and Consumer Evaluation of Foods FOSC 2004 4.5
Research Methods and Statistics MATH 1071 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Motor Control and Learning HLTH 2026 4.5
Biochemistry BIOL 2014 4.5
Microbiology BIOL 2051 4.5
Foundations of Outdoor Leadership HLTH 2024 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Food Composition and Functions FOSC 2002 4.5
Lifespan Physiology BIOL 2052 4.5
Game, Sports Theory, Practice and Participation EDUC 3067 4.5
Food Safety and Regulation FOSC 2006 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Elective 4.5
Nutrition Communication and Food Studies FOSC 3014 4.5
Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Management HLTH 3001 4.5
Health Risks and Relationship Education HLTH 2013 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Dance as Education and Recreation EDUC 3066 4.5
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Sports Nutrition HLTH 3002 4.5
Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Medicines FOSC 3013 4.5

As Program Director since 2013 I head a group of outstanding teachers and researchers that educate highly capable graduates who are engaged with industry and community, and can contribute to a healthier and more socially just society. Many industries need joint expertise in human movement and nutrition, 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 >

Your study spaces

You will have access to:

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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 lots 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, a 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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