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3 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2020: AUD$ 30,300 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 graduate careers in Health Services1.
  • Undertake SA's only fully accredited Exercise and Sport Science degree2.
  • Complete over 140 hours of industry placement across a range of settings including schools, fitness centres and sporting clubs, whilst benefiting from elite sporting partnerships.
  • Learn from experts and world-class researchers, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists. Enjoy state-of-the-art on-campus facilities designed for exercise testing and performance analysis.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world class research in Exercise and Sport Science3.
  • Ranked in the World Top 100 for Exercise and Sport Science4.
  • Choose to study a double degree and combine your interests with Nutrition and Food Sciences, or Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills).
  • Follow on from this degree with postgraduate study in areas of physiotherapy or occupational therapy

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Overall Employment 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). 
42019 QS Subject Rankings, Sport-Related Subjects.


Exercise and sport science students using the campus exercise physiology lab

Develop an understanding of the impact that exercise and physical activity has on the biological, psychological and social parameters of human life when you study this industry-focused exercise and sport science degree.

You will learn how 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.

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, child related employment clearance 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

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Throughout your studies you will develop effective practical and communication skills to conduct laboratory and field testing and interpret scientific research. Some of the tests you may conduct are related to strength, fitness, oxygen usage and body mass.

During your first year you will develop a solid understanding of:

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • physical activity and health
  • fundamental movement skills
  • research methods and statistics

In your second year you will focus on:

  • skill acquisition
  • exercise prescription and delivery
  • exercise and health psychology
  • nutrition
  • exercise physiology
  • biomechanics

In your final year of study, you will focus on professional studies, the application of exercise science, and sociology of health and physical activity. Additionally, you can tailor your degree with a range of elective courses aligned with your career aspirations. The added benefit is that some of these courses will allow you to upskill, as they provide you with additional industry certificates upon successful completion, in areas such as level 1 sports training.

Degree structure

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
Functional Anatomy HLTH 1045 4.5
Research Methods and Statistics MATH 1071 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
Exercise Delivery HLTH 2027 4.5
Semester 2 (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Exercise Physiology 2 HLTH 2005 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5
Exercise Prescription HLTH 3011 4.5
Semester 1 (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Practice in Exercise Science HLTH 3054 4.5
Applied Exercise and Sport Science HLTH 3053 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Elective 5 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4

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
  • research proposals
  • assignments
  • examinations
  • self-evaluations
  • quizzes

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

Why Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Exercise and sport science students in an anatomy class

World-class teaching staff and state-of-the-art learning facilities mean this degree is a great choice for students interested in the science behind exercise and sport.

In the first year you will complete a placement, meaning you will be exposed to industry partners from a range of elite and local sporting organisations from the very beginning.

You will also benefit from our on-campus facilities including 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 this growing industry.

Real-world connections

We have teamed up with a number of community, local, and elite sporting organisations, including the Adelaide Football Club, Adelaide United 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, athletes at elite sporting clubs or returned service men and women as part of the Invictus Pathways Program, 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.

Career outcomes

Your career

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

You may find yourself working in a range of positions in the sport, fitness, rehabilitation, health, government, aged care, education or recreation industries. You may also find yourself working in other industries where high levels of education, leadership, communication and organisation are valued.

Careers to consider include:

  • Exercise Scientist: use a combination of biomechanics, physiology, and psychology to help assess and ultimately increase an individual’s fitness, sporting performance and general health
  • physical training specialist: advise clients on exercise, health, wellbeing and nutrition; develop and implement individual training plans
  • strength and conditioning coach: prepare athletes for high performance, enabling them the greatest advantage in competition
  • performance analyst: analyse performance data to provide individual and team statistics relating to key performance indicators
  • community sports project officer: develop, coordinate and manage programs delivered by community sport organisations
  • health and wellness promotor: promote healthy living among community-dwelling adults and in local or state-funded government organisations

Become even more employable by combining your Exercise and Sport Science degree with another degree, allowing you to graduate with a double degree with just one year of extra study. Your options include Nutrition and Food Sciences or Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills).

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could also be eligible to proceed to postgraduate study in areas such as occupational therapy or physiotherapy.

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


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

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


There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 


There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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As an Exercise and Sport Science student 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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Portrait image for Dr Alyson Crozier

Dr Alyson Crozier

Program Director


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