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Human Movement and Exercise Science

Interested in Human Movement and Exercise Science?

Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.

Inspire a healthy and more active society with studies in Human Movement, Exercise and Sport Science, or Clinical Exercise Physiology. You’ll have opportunities to combine your studies with psychology or nutrition and food sciences, benefit from cross-industry placements, or pursue further study in teaching – the options are endless.

You will learn from researchers who are recognised as performing at well above world standard2, and will be taught by industry experts, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and current high performance coaches. You’ll also benefit from our strong industry ties with elite sports teams such as Port Adelaide Football Club, Basketball SA, and Adelaide United. Our degrees can also lead to further studies in teaching. Learn more about pathways to become a secondary school teacher.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

 

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.
  • Undertake placements across a range of industry settings, including elite sporting clubs.
  • Combine your studies with psychology or nutrition and food sciences.
  • Learn from researchers who are recognised as performing at well above world standard2.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, such as a high performance and exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, exercise physiology laboratory, health and fitness centre, commercial kitchen and sensory laboratory.
  • Be taught by world-class research staff2, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and current high performance coaches.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why UniSA?

We are committed to growing your career. You will learn from world-class researchers (85 per cent of our teaching staff have PhDs), including some of Australia’s leading scientists and high performance coaches. These teachers have a very practical approach to learning, which means you’ll work on real-world projects and gain direct practical experience.

You’ll also graduate with valuable industry connections with some of the big players in the field, thanks to our alliances with a number of elite sporting teams. We have invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities to give our students the best learning outcomes, including access to the latest technologies and ultra modern teaching spaces.

You’ll also benefit from our long-standing history – we have more than 40 years’ experience in human movement education – and our teaching excellence. UniSA is Australia’s youngest university to receive five stars in research1 and this shines through in our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and we partner with local icons and international organisations to deliver impact and change.

12017 QS Stars Rankings

UniSA offers 10 Human Movement and Exercise Science degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

As the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1, you will be well placed to pursue a career in these fields.

Careers are diverse and you could find work in the sport, fitness and rehabilitation, health, education or recreation industries. Careers to consider:

  • exercise scientist: use a combination of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and performance analysis to help assess and ultimately increase an individual’s fitness, sporting performance and general health
  • accredited exercise physiologist: deliver clinical exercise, lifestyle and behaviour modification programs to prevent and treat injury and disease
  • physical training specialist: advise clients on exercise, health, wellbeing and nutrition; develop and implement individual training plans
  • strength and conditioning coach: prepare athletes for high performance, enabling them the greatest advantage in competition
  • sports and fitness nutritionist: responsible for improving the health and optimising the performance of athletes
  • researcher: plan and conduct laboratory-based investigations, experiments and trials, and analyse results in order to broaden scientific understanding
  • community nutritionist: create changes in attitude toward nutrition and health; provide advice, guidance and support to the community
  • health promotion officer: plan and coordinate health promotion programs for various community groups

If you finish your undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or above, you may also be eligible for our one-year Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) where you can further develop your research skills and prepare for a career in research.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Port Adelaide Football Club
  • Glenelg Football Club
  • Adelaide Hockey Club
  • Goodlife Health Clubs
  • Helping Hand Aged Care
  • Westminster School

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

Industry facts

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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

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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

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Apply now to study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.

1QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator.

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What others are saying

I love working with young adolescents and I love sport/physical activity and seeing students active. The joy and energy that comes with sport is exhilarating.

Kirsty Welsh, Health and Wellness Coach

Bachelor of Human Movement

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Kirsty Welsh, Health and Wellness Coach

Bachelor of Human Movement

This degree allows me to combine my passion for teaching children with my love for sport and physical education.  

James Fox

Bachelor of Human Movement

James Fox

James Fox

Bachelor of Human Movement

I get the opportunity to run exercise classes, develop exercise programs and talk to different clients as part of my studies.

Erin Coutts

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Erin Coutts

Erin Coutts

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017