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4 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 South Australia’s only double degree in human movement and psychological science, and one of SA’s only degrees to include core courses in psychology, counselling and interpersonal skills
  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers in Health Services, Psychology and Social Work1.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world-class research in Human Movement and Sport Science as well as Psychology2.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests through streams in multiple human movement disciplines such as Health and Physical Education.
  • Graduate industry-ready when you complete practical workplace experience.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, such as an exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, exercise physiology laboratories and a health and fitness centre.
  • Be taught by world-class staff, including some of Australia’s leading exercise scientists and physical activity specialists.

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


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This unique double degree, which is the only one of its type in South Australia, will provide you with expertise in the areas of human movement, psychology, counselling and interpersonal skills. With a strong practical and multi-disciplinary industry focus, you will graduate with a specialised set of skills to meet emerging market needs.

The human movement component will allow you to develop a holistic understanding of the impact that exercise and physical activity has on the biological, psychological and social parameters of human life.

The psychological science component provides a balance of courses in psychology theory and counselling – for graduates this means you will enter the workforce with a strong understanding of psychology, as well as the analytical, communication and interpersonal skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities.

Practical learning constitutes a large focus of this degree, enhancing the work-readiness of graduates – the value of this study component has been recognised nationally in the form of an award from the Australian Federal Government Office of Teaching and Learning.

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 Psychology (Honours) – the pathway to employment as a practicing sport psychologist (additional requirements must also be met).

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 unique double degree will provide you with expertise in the areas of human movement and psychological science. You will graduate with a specialised set of skills to meet emerging market needs.

During your first year you will study human movement courses, which will give you a solid understanding of:

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

In the second year, you will focus:

  • exercise physiology
  • nutrition
  • the science of movement
  • sport and exercise psychology 

During your third and fourth years you will focus largely on your chosen stream. You can choose to complete a stream in one of the following areas:

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

You will also select from a number of psychology-specific professional development courses, such as:

  • conservation psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • counselling
  • effective communication
  • sleep psychology
  • discursive and conversational analysis
  • psychology and Indigenous Australians
  • research methods

You will develop influencing skills and intervention strategies, gain knowledge of psychological disorders, and study the relationship between psychology and physical activity.

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
Foundations in Human Movement, Exercise and Sports Science HLTH 1039 4.5
Physiology Essentials 100 BIOL 1051 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 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)
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Motor Control and Learning HLTH 2026 4.5
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Dance as Education and Recreation EDUC 3066 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Outdoor Leadership HLTH 2024 4.5
Counselling Foundations BEHL 1022 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5 Note(s): 1
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Game, Sports Theory, Practice and Participation EDUC 3067 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Counselling Skills BEHL 2013 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 2 4.5
Health Risks and Relationship Education HLTH 2013 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Counselling Interventions BEHL 3018 4.5
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 3 4.5
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5 Note(s): 2
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Psychophysiology of Sleep BEHL 3029 4.5
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5
Conservation Psychology BEHL 3022 4.5
Language, Context and Social Behaviour BEHL 3023 4.5
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 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 reports
  • critical analysis
  • 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 Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills)


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

In the first year you will complete a work placement, which will offer industry exposure from the very beginning. You will also learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers.

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. Our extensive industry relationships will also be of value, and you will have access to industry partners and alliances from a range of elite and local sporting organisations.

Real-world connections

The degree includes the industry and practical experience you need to apply your knowledge in a range of professional settings. You can also complete a placement as part of your study, further enhancing industry networks and relationships.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

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

Careers to consider include:

  • Sport development officer: responsible for coordinating club and athlete participation in sports programs, as well as improving the performance of individuals and teams
  • Community and allied health worker: support and assist the work of allied health professionals, such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and dieticians
  • Sports coach: provide expert training advice to sporting professionals, and analyse their performances to provide further feedback and development strategies
  • Health and wellbeing advisor: advise clients on exercise, health, wellbeing and nutrition
  • Youth worker: work with young people, providing support and encouragement
  • Counsellor: work with individuals in a confidential setting, helping them to overcome problems
  • Community development officer: work with communities to bring about social change
  • Research Assistant: support research psychologists in the research process

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), and can teach up to year 12 Health and PE, Psychology and Junior Science. You’ll also be qualified for school counsellor roles. For more information including subjects you'll be able to teach, visit our secondary health and physical education teaching page.

*The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree is the entry path to become a professionally practicing or research psychologist. You must finish your degree with a credit or high-grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for honours. You will then need to complete a two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical) or PhD in Psychology.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On completion of the program, graduates will have met the prerequisites to apply for fourth year programs in Psychology.

Graduates are eligible to apply for level 1 membership of the Australian Counselling Association, provided that they have attended all practicals in the BEHL 2013 and BEHL 3018 courses during the degree.

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


Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 19,600 (15.6 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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 campuses.

Your study spaces

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As a human movement student you will have access to:

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 can contribute to a healthier society. Many health related industries need joint expertise in human movement and psychological science, 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

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Mr Scott Polley

Program Director


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