Start date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 38,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

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

  • Combine your passion for health and exercise with nutrition.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests and career goals through primary streams in Health and Physical Education or Exercise and Sport Science.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in health.1
  • Graduate industry-ready when you complete at least 75 hours of practical workplace experience.
  • Achieve two highly complementary qualifications with only one extra year of study.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, such as our exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, and dedicated nutrition and food sciences hub.
  • Be taught by world-class teaching staff, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and physical activity specialists.
  • Choose a university with well above world-class research in human movement and sport science, as well as nutrition and dietetics.2
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people3. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21, Health Services and Support – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). SA public universities. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. 4Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.


Human Movement alumni instructing a yoga class

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

Through theoretical and practical learning, you’ll become an expert in all aspects of nutrition and food sciences. Most importantly, you’ll be ready to improve the nutritional and physical health, fitness and wellbeing of the community.

You'll learn from world-class industry experts in an environment full of opportunities for practical learning; and have the opportunity to complete a work placement with valuable industry experience. You can also tailor your degree to align with your career goals by choosing a primary stream in either Health and Physical Education, or Exercise and Sport Science.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or industry 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 offers a strong blend of theoretical, practice-based and industry learning.

During your first year of study, you'll develop a strong foundation in: 

  • physiology
  • health and physical activity
  • nutrition and food sciences
  • chemistry
  • motor development and ageing
  • group and team psychology
  • evidence based practice and research methods

From your second year, you can choose to tailor the human movement component of the degree using the electives to suit your career goals, through primary streams in Health and Physical Education or Exercise and Sport Science.

In addition to studying core subjects in your final years, the stream subjects focus on areas like exercise prescription, exercise delivery, fitness and lifestyle management, and outdoor leadership. Alternatively, you can opt not to study a stream, and instead choose to study a broad range of elective subjects to give you a multi-disciplinary perspective. 

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
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 Period 4, 5 or 6)
Group and Team Leadership HLTH 1017 4.5
Motor Development and Ageing HLTH 1065 4.5
Chemistry of Food FOSC 2002 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
Quantitative Methods in Health MATH 1065 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Biology A BIOL 1007 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Food Innovation and Culinary Nutrition FOSC 2007 4.5
Sensory and Consumer Evaluation of Foods FOSC 2004 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
Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Lifespan Physiology BIOL 2052 4.5
Food Safety and Regulation FOSC 2006 4.5
Elective 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Communication in Nutrition and Food Sciences FOSC 3014 4.5
Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Management HLTH 3001 4.5
Professional Practice in Human Movement HLTH 3085 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Sports Nutrition HLTH 3002 4.5
Biochemistry of Human Metabolism BIOL 3035 4.5
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Elective 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
  • reports
  • quizzes
  • assignments
  • research assignments
  • essays
  • 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 Human Movement, Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Nutrition and Food Sciences students in the biology lab

World-class teaching staff and state-of-the-art learning facilities make this double degree a great choice to gain expertise in the body's physical and nutritional function.

This unique double degree from UniSA enables students to graduate with two qualifications with only one extra year of study.

UniSA is SA’s No 1. University for human movement and sport science research1. Our state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, including specialised exercise science laboratories and commercial kitchen, are excellent spaces to develop your practical skills and experience the hands-on nature of the health industry.

You’ll graduate with at least 75 hours of practical experience from an industry placement in the areas of human movement, nutrition, health and physical education, or exercise science. Graduates are eligible to apply for professional membership with the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and can start their registration pathway towards becoming a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

1The only university in SA to have all its assessed Human Movement and Sports Science research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

UniSA has teamed up with a number of elite and local sporting organisations, including the Adelaide Football Club and Basketball SA, providing you with excellent networking opportunities.

You'll complete an industry placement as part of your study, further enhancing your industry networks and relationships. Industry placement providers include public and private schools, elite and community sports teams, councils and not-for-profit organisations.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

As the health, nutrition, exercise and wellness industries continue to grow, employment prospects for graduates are promising.

Depending on your chosen stream, you may choose to gain employment as a:

  • Human movement practitioner: engage a broad population of people and groups throughout the lifespan to be more physically active using a broad range of modalities for health, fitness and wellbeing.
  • Sports and fitness nutritionist: optimise the health and performance of athletes.
  • Community nutritionist: create changes in attitude toward nutrition and health; plan and co-ordinate nutrition programs; provide advice, guidance and support to the community.
  • Health promotion officer: plan and coordinate health promotion programs for various community groups.
  • Nutrition and food policy advisor: provide health and nutrition advice to the public.
  • Community and allied health worker: support and assist the work of allied health professionals, such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and dietitians.
  • Health and wellbeing nutrition advisor: create nutrition plans, advise on dietary habits and monitor a client’s progress.
  • Sport development officer: coordinate club and athlete participation in sports programs, as well as improving the performance of individuals and teams.
  • Researcher: plan and conduct laboratory-based investigations, experiments and trials; and analyse results to broaden scientific understanding.

You'll be able to apply for official registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr), leading to become a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr), typically after three years of experience.

Students in the Health and Physical Education stream can continue their studies with the Master of Teaching (Secondary), leading to teach Health and Physical Education and Nutrition (up to Year 12) and Junior Science (up to Year 10). For more information on the subjects you'll be able to teach, visit our Health and & Physical Education (H&PE) teaching page.

Students in the Exercise and Sport Science stream are eligible to apply for accreditation and registration as an Accredited Exercise Scientist through Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), as long as you have completed the required hours of practical experience.

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


Employment for sports coaches, instructors and officials is projected to increase by 9.8% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


Employment for nutrition professionals is projected to increase by 7.2% by November 2026

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

How to apply

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.

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:

SAIBT Diploma of Health Science


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 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 gain access 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. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 modern facilities including 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‘ll have access to:

  • Exercise Physiology clinics
  • environmental chamber
  • exercise physiology
  • laboratory
  • biomechanics laboratory
  • UniSA Sport gyms
  • sensory laboratory
  • microbiology laboratory
  • physiology laboratory
  • chemistry laboratory
  • commercial kitchen
  • anatomy laboratory
  • human performance and resistance training laboratory

Your program director

As program director I am responsible for the provision of academic leadership in the planning, management, development, improvement, quality assurance and growth of the suite of human movement degrees. I head a team of outstanding teachers and researchers who educate highly capable graduates who can engage in a wide range of industry and community settings, and can meaningfully contribute to a healthier and more just society.

Mr Scott Adams

Program Director

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Mr Scott Adams

Program Director


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