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Start Date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

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Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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Degree overview

  • Study the functioning of a healthy human body and the impact it has on a person’s holistic wellbeing.
  • Join the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers.1
  • Tailor your degree to your interests and career goals through primary streams in Health and Physical Education, or Exercise and Sport Science.
  • Graduate career ready with at least 75 hours of practical industry experience.
  • Be taught by world-class staff, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and physical activity specialists.
  • Learn from SA’s No.1 university for human movement and sports science research.2
  • Learn in dedicated facilities, such as our exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, exercise physiology laboratories, and UniSA Sport gyms.
  • Continue your studies with multiple postgraduate options in physiotherapy, business, social work and primary or secondary teaching.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,3 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 2021-23– Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities. 2The 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). 3Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.


Human Movement alumni instructing a yoga class

Exercise and physical activity positively impacts human life in a variety of ways - biologically, psychologically and socially. In this industry-relevant degree, you'll develop a holistic understanding of these impacts.

You will develop a solid foundation in how the human body works, and can align your studies with your career aspirations by choosing one of two primary streams in either Exercise and Sport Science or Health and Physical Education.

You'll complete at least 75 hours of industry placement, allowing you to build professional networks while you study. You'll graduate with practical experience in areas including human movement, health and physical education, outdoor education, exercise science or health and wellbeing.

Tailor your degree even further and broaden your knowledge by selecting a secondary study stream from a wide range of options.

If you think secondary school teaching is for you, apply for the Bachelor of Human Movement/Master of Teaching (Secondary).

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

The Bachelor of Human Movement offers an exciting combination of theoretical, conceptual and hands on learning. From your first year, you can select from primary streams in either Exercise and Sport Science or Health and Physical Education.

If you choose to study the Exercise and Sport Science stream, you can also study a secondary stream in Advanced Exercise and Sport Science, Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Coaching, Health Promotion or Nutrition.

If you pursue the Health and Physical Education Stream, you can study a second learning area chosen from a wide range of options including Outdoor Education, Mathematics, Science, English and Nutrition. Visit the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) teacher page to find out more.

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

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • human movement
  • health and physical activity
  • motor development and ageing
  • group and team psychology

Second year studies will focus on:

  • motor learning and control
  • human nutrition
  • exercise physiology
  • biomechanics

This degree teaches you practical skills and effective communication techniques to interact confidently with clients and peers, complete client screenings, conduct laboratory and field testing, interpret scientific research, and design and implement exercise and training programs.

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)
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
Physical Activity and Health HLTH 1044 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
Stream/Optional Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3
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
Stream/Optional Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Stream/Optional Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 5 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Practice in Human Movement HLTH 3085 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 7 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 8 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 9 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Stream/Optional Elective 10 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 11 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 12 4.5 Note(s): 2

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
  • research proposals
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • quizzes

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

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World-class teaching staff and state-of-the-art learning facilities make this degree a great choice for students passionate about exercise and physical activity.

UniSA is SA’s No 1. University for human movement and sport science research.1 Our on-campus facilities, such as the specialised exercise science laboratories, will be your training ground to develop practical skills and experience the hands-on nature of this growing industry.

Graduates are prepared for practice in health and fitness centres, sporting organisations, sports performance laboratories, community health, rehabilitation settings, and as physical activity providers.

You'll complete at least 75 hours of industry placement, allowing you to build networking opportunities while you study. You'll graduate with practical experience in the areas of human movement, health and physical education, outdoor education, exercise science or health and wellbeing.

In the third year, you may have the opportunity to study overseas by completing an international exchange in countries such as Norway, Canada, United States or the United Kingdom.

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 strong alliances with industry, ranging from elite and local sporting clubs to not-for-profit organisations.

You'll complete an industry placement as part of your study, further enhancing your networks and relationships with industry. Our industry placement providers include elite and community sports clubs, public and private schools, gyms and fitness centres, aged care, local councils and not-for-profit organisations.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

Depending on your primary chosen stream, human movement graduates will be able to consider careers such as:

  • 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.
  • Sport development officer: coordinate 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 dietitians.
  • Health and wellbeing advisor: provide advice on healthy active lifestyles and nutrition to support wellbeing.
  • Outdoor education practitioner: lead nature-based outdoor learning experiences for personal and group development, health and wellbeing, environmental learning, sustainability and social justice.
  • Sports coach: provide expert training advice to sporting professionals, and analyse their performances to provide further feedback and development strategies.

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 (up to Year 12) and Junior Science (up to Year 10), as well as an additional learning area depending on your elective choices. For more information on the subjects you'll be able to teach, visit the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) teacher 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. 

Become even more employable by combining your Bachelor of Human Movement degree with another degree. With just one year of extra study you can graduate with a double degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences or Business (Sport and Recreation Management).

Other postgraduate coursework areas include physiotherapy, business, social work, primary teaching and research.

Where can my interest in health take me?

View our guide on Active Careers for more information. 

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


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


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

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021019

How to apply

To apply:

  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply.
  • You will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

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: 


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. 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 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 hands-on degree, you’ll benefit from UniSA’s practical approach to learning. You'll have access to facilities including:

From 2025, students in our Human Movement, Exercise and Sport Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology programs will benefit from an integrated practical learning experience with the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI). You can study alongside elite athletes and leading industry experts, and learn how to use the latest equipment and sport science technology in new, purpose-built facilities.

You’ll also have access to a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms and relaxed student lounges.

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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What others are saying

The Human Movement degree is a perfect spring board to kick-start any career in the ever-expanding health industry. I studied the linked pathway into the Master of Teaching and love working with young adolescents and seeing them active.

Kara Smallman

Bachelor of Human Movement
Sport Coordinator

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Kara Smallman

Bachelor of Human Movement
Sport Coordinator