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4 year(s) full-time


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Degree overview

  • Study South Australia’s only double degree in human movement and psychology, and one of SA’s only degrees to include core courses in psychology, counselling and interpersonal skills.
  • Study with the No.1 University in SA for graduate skills in Psychology1.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world-class research in Human Movement and Sport Science as well as Psychology.2
  • Join SA’s number one university for psychology research3, number one in SA for student satisfaction in Psychology4.
  • 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.
  • This degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 – Generic Skills Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
3The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
4ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


Human Movement students using the campus exercise physiology labThis unique double degree, which is the only one of its kind 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 psychology 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.

The double degree combination is well-suited to those seeking to become secondary teachers. Continue your studies with a Master of Teaching, and you will be eligible to teach up to year 12 Health and Physical Education and Psychology as well as Junior Science and be qualified for school counsellor roles.

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 registered 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, 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 unique double degree will provide you with expertise in the areas of human movement and psychology. 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 on:

  • 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.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

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 Development for Occupational Therapy Practice 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, 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 reports
  • critical analysis
  • 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 Psychology (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.

Learn in state-of-the art facilities including anatomy, exercise physiology and biomechanics labs, as well as access to our on-campus High Performance Centre, exercise physiology clinic and health and fitness centre. 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 (with further study): 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 registered psychologist 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.

Industry facts


Employment for sports and fitness workers in Australia is projected to increase by 18,800 (15.9%) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


By May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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.


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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 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:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

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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As a human movement student you will have access to:

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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