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4 year(s) full-time


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2018: AUD$ 30,400 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

  • Complete placements across a range of industry settings including schools and sporting clubs. 
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, such as our High Performance and Exercise Physiology clinic, Environmental Chamber, Commercial Kitchen and Sensory Laboratory.
  • Study a degree that is informed by our well above world-class research1.
  • Build your skills in two highly complementary fields.
  • Learn from experts and world-class researchers, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and current high performance coaches.
  • This double degree is the only one of its kind in South Australia that offers eligibility to apply for membership as an accredited exercise scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia and register with the Nutrition Society Australia2.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Human Movement and Sports Science, and Nutrition and Dietetics
2 Pending ESSA accreditation approval 



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 exercise and sport science, and nutrition and food sciences, and graduate with the skills needed to design, implement and evaluate exercise and physical activity for active people, including athletes and sporting professionals. 

The exercise and sport science component prepares you to provide counselling to athletes, enhanced rehabilitation services, and to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the population. The nutrition and food science component will allow you to 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 learn from world-class industry experts in an environment that provides opportunities for practical learning. You will also practice skills learned in the workplace when you complete industry placements, and will benefit from our strong ties with companies and associations in the field.

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 Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Why this Degree

This qualification enables you to graduate with two degrees in only one extra year. It is also the only double degree of its type in South Australia that provides both exercise science accreditation and registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia1. With a focus on practical learning (placements begin in the first year) you will be exposed to industry from the very beginning.

You will also benefit from our extensive on-campus facilities, which offer a great way to further 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.

1 Pending ESSA accreditation approval 

Real-world connections

We have teamed up with a number of elite sporting organisations, such as the Port Adelaide Football club, Adelaide United and Basketball SA, providing you with excellent networking opportunities. You will also complete various placements, including one at a kindergym, as well as 140 hours of exercise delivery and prescription placement across a variety of settings, 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.

Your career

As the health, nutrition, exercise and wellness industries continue to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this double degree are promising. In fact, the nutrition industry in Australia is predicted to experience 37.1 per cent growth through to November 20201. 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
  • sports and fitness nutritionist: responsible for improving the health and optimising the performance of athletes
  • 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 

You may also find yourself working in the food industry focusing on product formulation and nutrition, marketing, product improvement or preparation of health claims on functional products.

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 Health Science (Honours) degree and, depending on results, may also be eligible to proceed to postgraduate study. You could 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.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Industry facts


Employment for welfare, recreation and community arts workers in Australia is projected to increase by 4,000 (or 15.9 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Employment for nutrition professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 2,400 (or 37.1 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


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 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. You’ll understand diets and lifestyles for optimum health and the associations between nutrient intake, energy output and obesity. You’ll 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.  

The exercise and sport science component prepares you to provide counselling to athletes, enhanced rehabilitation services, and to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of the population. The nutrition and food science component will ensure you become an expert in all aspects of nutrition and food sciences, so that you graduate ready to improve the health, fitness and wellbeing of the community.

During the first two years you will begin to learn about nutrition and study exercise and sport science courses. You'll develop a solid foundation in:

  • anatomy
  • exercise physiology
  • applied exercise science

The third and fourth years have a strong practical focus, where you will develop:

  • 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 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. 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 Periods 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 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
Functional Anatomy HLTH 1045 4.5
First Semester (Study Periods 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 Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Chemistry in Life 101 CHEM 1014 4.5
Exercise Physiology 2 HLTH 2005 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
Biochemistry BIOL 2014 4.5
Microbiology BIOL 2051 4.5
Exercise Delivery HLTH 2027 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Food Composition and Functions FOSC 2002 4.5
Lifespan Physiology BIOL 2052 4.5
Exercise Prescription HLTH 3011 4.5
Food Safety and Regulation FOSC 2006 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)
Sports Nutrition HLTH 3002 4.5
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5
Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Medicines FOSC 3013 4.5

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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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 >

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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.

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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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