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

  • Tailor your degree to your interests and career goals through primary streams in Health and Physical Education or Exercise and Sport Science.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world-class research in Human Movement and Sport Science.1
  • Graduate industry-ready when you complete practical workplace experience.
  • Build your skills in two highly complementary fields.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, such as an exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, and dedicated nutrition and food sciences hub.
  • Be taught by world-class staff, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and physical activity specialists.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).


Human Movement alumni instructing a yoga class

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 nutritional and physical 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 have the opportunity to complete a work placement that will provide you with valuable industry experience.

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

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

  • physiology
  • an introduction to nutrition and food sciences
  • chemistry
  • growth and motor development
  • group and team psychology.

From 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)
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 Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Group and Team Psychology HLTH 1017 4.5
Lifespan Growth and Motor Development HLTH 1043 4.5
Chemistry 101 CHEM 1007 4.5
Research Methods and Statistics MATH 1071 4.5
Statistics for Laboratory Sciences MATH 1040 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
The Chemistry of Food FOSC 2002 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)
Nutrition Communication and Food Studies 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
Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Medicines FOSC 3013 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
  • quizzes
  • group assignments
  • group reports
  • 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 mean this degree is a great choice for students interested in graduating with two qualifications with only one extra year of study. Our on-campus facilities, such as our specialised exercise science laboratories and commercial kitchen, are a great way to develop practical skills and explore and experience the hands-on nature of this growing industry.

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.

Real-world connections

We have teamed up with a number of elite and local sporting organisations, such as the Adelaide Football club and Basketball SA, providing you with excellent networking opportunities. You could also complete a placement as part of your study, further enhancing industry networks and relationships. Industry placement providers include public and private schools, elite and community sports teams, councils and not-for-profit organisations.

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

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

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; 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 dieticians
  • Health and Wellbeing Nutrition Advisor: create nutrition plans, advise on dietary habits and monitor a client’s progress
  • Sport Development Officer: responsible for coordinating 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; analyse results in order to broaden scientific understanding.

Graduate with the ability to apply for registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr), leading to Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) typically after 3 years of experience. Those 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 including subjects you'll be able to teach, visit our secondary health and physical education 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 and fitness workers in Australia is projected to increase by 18,800 (15.9 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


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 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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As a human movement student you will have access to:

  • Exercise Physiology Clinic
  • 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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Portrait image for Mr Scott Adams

Mr Scott Adams

Program Director


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