Start date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

2021: AUD$ 34,800 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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Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for student satisfaction in Health.1
  • Undertake SA's only fully accredited Exercise and Sport Science degree.2
  • Complete more than 140 hours of industry placement across a range of settings including school, fitness centres and sporting clubs, whilst benefiting from elite sporting partnerships.
  • Learn from experts and world-class researchers, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and nutrition experts.
  • Enjoy dedicated on-campus facilities designed for exercise testing and performance analysis, as well as a dedicated Nutrition Hub.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world class research in Exercise and Sport Science.3
  • UniSA’s Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) is ranked in the World Top 50 for Sport Science.4
  • Build your skills in two highly complementary fields.

1ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20, Health Services and Support — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
2Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).
3Results in Human Movement and Sports Science - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
4Ranked equal #41, 2020 ARWU Global Ranking for Sport Science. 


Exercise and sport science students using the High Performance Centre

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

The exercise and sport science component will equip you with the skills to design, deliver and assess exercise and physical activity programs to improve the health and wellbeing of clients, their performance, or to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes and arthritis. The nutrition and food sciences component will allow you to be ready to improve the health, fitness and wellbeing of the community by innovating foods, promoting and managing diets and lifestyles and conducting meaningful research for enhanced wellbeing. 

Become immersed in an environment that provides practical learning opportunities, whilst being guided by world-class industry experts.

What you'll need

Students 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 demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This double degree will provide you with expertise in the areas of exercise and sport science, and nutrition and food science. You will graduate with a specialised set of skills to meet emerging market needs. Through theoretical and practical learning, you will become an expert in all aspects of exercise and sport science, and graduate with the skills needed to design, implement and evaluate exercise and physical activity programs.

The exercise and sport science component prepares you to provide exercise advice, deliver strength and conditioning services, biomechanical analyses, and skill acquisition knowledge to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of generally healthy individuals, ranging from children to elite athletes to older persons.

The nutrition and food sciences component will teach you to understand diets and lifestyles for optimum health and the associations between nutrient intake, energy output and obesity. You will also learn how to manage and improve nutrition and diet related to physical activity and lifestyle changes, and how to maximise physical performance for healthy active people.  

During the first two years you will learn about nutrition and study exercise and sport science courses, which will give you a solid foundation in:

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • fundamental movement skills
  • skill acquisition
  • chemistry and biology.

The third and fourth years have a strong practical focus, where you will develop critical thinking and practice-based skills through learning about:

  • exercise prescription and delivery
  • relationship between food bioactives, functional foods and medicines
  • developing personalised dietary and exercise plans to manage weight
  • nutrition for sports, exercise and activity.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Periods 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Physical Activity and Health HLTH 1044 4.5
Physiology Essentials 100 BIOL 1051 4.5
Foundations in Human Movement, Exercise and Sports Science HLTH 1039 4.5
Introduction to Nutrition and Food Sciences 1 BIOL 1041 4.5
Chemistry 100 CHEM 1006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Group and Team Psychology HLTH 1017 4.5
Lifespan Growth and Motor Development HLTH 1043 4.5
Research Methods and Statistics MATH 1071 4.5
Statistics for Laboratory Sciences MATH 1040 4.5
Chemistry 101 CHEM 1007 4.5
First Semester (Study Periods 1, 2 or 3)
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Biology A BIOL 1007 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Exercise Physiology 2 HLTH 2005 4.5
Functional Anatomy HLTH 1045 4.5
The Chemistry of Food FOSC 2002 4.5
Sensory and Consumer Evaluation of Foods FOSC 2004 4.5
First Semester (Study Periods 1, 2 or 3)
Motor Control and Learning HLTH 2026 4.5
Exercise Delivery HLTH 2027 4.5
Biochemistry BIOL 2014 4.5
Microbiology BIOL 2051 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Exercise Prescription HLTH 3011 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5
Lifespan Physiology BIOL 2052 4.5
First Semester (Study Periods 1, 2 or 3)
Applied Exercise and Sport Science HLTH 3053 4.5
Nutrition Communication and Food Studies FOSC 3014 4.5
Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Management HLTH 3001 4.5
Professional Practice in Exercise Science HLTH 3054 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Food Safety and Regulation FOSC 2006 4.5
Sports Nutrition HLTH 3002 4.5
Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Medicines FOSC 3013 4.5

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, as well as to 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 and portfolios
  • quizzes
  • research assignments
  • practical projects and case studies
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Students in the nutrition and food science hub commercial kitchen

This qualification enables you to graduate with two degrees after just one extra year of study, with a unique set of skills that are relevant, current and meet the needs of emerging market trends.

In your final year you will complete an exercise and sport placement, and will be exposed to industry partners from a range of elite and local sporting organisations.

You will also benefit from our on-campus facilities including a purpose-built Sensory laboratory, Microbiology laboratory and Commercial kitchen. There is also the High Performance Sport Centre, Exercise Physiology Clinics, Environmental Chamber and UniSA sport gyms. Learning in these facilities are a great way to develop practical skills and experience the hands-on nature of these growing industry.

Real-world connections

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

You will also complete a minimum of 140 hours of exercise science industry placement across a variety of settings. This may include working with children at a kindergym, older adults in community aged-care facilities, athletes at amateur or elite sporting clubs or returned service men and women as part of the Invictus Pathways Program, further enhancing industry networks and relationships.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

As the health, nutrition, exercise and wellness industries continue to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this double degree are promising. Careers to consider include:

  • Exercise Scientist: assist people to increase their fitness, sporting performance and general health using a combination of biomechanics, physiology and performance analysis.
  • Physical Training Specialist: advise clients on exercise, health, wellbeing and nutrition; develop and implement individual training plans.
  • Sports and Fitness Nutritionist: responsible for improving the health and optimising the performance of athletes and exercisers.
  • Researcher: plan and conduct laboratory-based investigations, experiments and trials, and analyse results in order to broaden scientific understanding.
  • 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. 
  • Community Sports Project Officer: develop, coordinate and manage programs delivered by community sport organisations.
  • Health Promotion Officer: use social and environmental interventions to improve the health of groups and individuals.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This degree is accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as an Accredited Exercise Scientist through ESSA.

Industry facts


Employment for sports and fitness workers in Australia is projected to increase by 17,200 (19.2 per cent) by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Employment for nutrition professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 9.3 per cent by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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.

Alternative Pathways

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    Your study experience and support

    As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

    We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

    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

    Your campus

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

    Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

    Your study spaces

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    You will have access to:

    Your program director

    I am excited to lead a team of highly-experienced teachers and researchers that are truly interested in developing students into competent graduates. With a degree that emphasises the application of classroom knowledge to practical, industry-relevant experiences, students will graduate with expertise in leading and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

    Dr Alyson Crozier

    Program Director

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    Dr Alyson Crozier

    Program Director


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