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4 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2020: 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 through streams in multiple human movement disciplines, such as Health and Physical Education.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world-class research in Human Movement and Sport Science1.
  • 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.
  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for careers and teaching quality in Science and Mathematics2.
  • Be taught by world-class staff, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and physical activity specialists.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


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, 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

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.

In the first year you will study human movement courses, giving you a solid understanding of:

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • human movement professional practice
  • health and physical activity
  • growth and motor development

You will also begin your specialist studies in either Health and Physical Education or a series of chosen specialist courses that relate to another area of interest. You can choose to complete an alternative stream in areas such as:

  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Sports Coaching
  • Outdoor Education
  • Health Promotion

In the second year, the focus will be on developing your knowledge in human movement and nutrition, and in your third and fourth years you’ll develop practical skills such as:

  • critical thinking skills
  • practice-based skills
  • knowledge of physical activity
  • knowledge of nutrition theory and practice
  • communicating health messages

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
Fitness and Lifestyle Management HLTH 1013 4.5
Principles of Teaching and Coaching HLTH 1027 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Chemistry 100 CHEM 1006 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Biology A BIOL 1007 4.5
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Chemistry 101 CHEM 1007 4.5
Sensory and Consumer Evaluation of Foods FOSC 2004 4.5
Research Methods and Statistics MATH 1071 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
Foundations of Outdoor Leadership HLTH 2024 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
The Chemistry of Food FOSC 2002 4.5
Lifespan Physiology BIOL 2052 4.5
Game, Sports Theory, Practice and Participation EDUC 3067 4.5
Food Safety and Regulation FOSC 2006 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Elective 4.5
Nutrition Communication and Food Studies FOSC 3014 4.5
Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Management HLTH 3001 4.5
Health Risks and Relationship Education HLTH 2013 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Dance as Education and Recreation EDUC 3066 4.5
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 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 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
  • quizzes
  • group assignments
  • group reports
  • research assignments
  • essays
  • 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

Why Bachelor of Human Movement, Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Nutrition and Food Sciences students in the biology lab

This double degree enables you to graduate with two qualifications in only one extra year of study.

In the first year you will complete a placement, meaning you will be exposed to industry from the very beginning. 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.

You will also have access to industry partners and alliances from a range of community, local and elite sporting organisations.

Real-world connections

We have teamed up with a number of elite and local sporting organisations, such as the Adelaide Football club, Adelaide United 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.

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

With further study, this double degree can also be a pathway into secondary school teaching. As a graduate of the Health and Physical Education stream within this double degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for the Master of Teaching (Secondary). For more information including subjects you'll be able to teach, visit our secondary health and physical education teaching page.

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


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

Anatomy laboratory.jpg

As a human movement student you will have access to:

  • Exercise Physiology Clinic
  • Environmental Chamber
  • Multiple exercise physiology laboratories
  • Biomechanics laboratory
  • UniSA Sport Gyms
  • Sensory laboratory
  • Chemistry laboratory
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Anatomy laboratory
  • Human performance and resistance training laboratory

Your program director

As Program Director since 2013 I head a group of outstanding teachers and researchers that educate highly capable graduates who are engaged with industry and community, and can contribute to a healthier and more socially just society. Many industries need joint expertise in human movement and nutrition, which is why we designed a double degree.

As well as a passion for outdoor education and research, I love seeing students develop new capabilities and graduating with a passion to make a difference in their world.

Mr Scott Polley

Program Director

Portrait image for Mr Scott Polley
Portrait image for Mr Scott Polley

Mr Scott Polley

Program Director


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