Exercise and sport science


This field-leading degree looks at ways to apply knowledge and skills in exercise and sport science to improve the athlete, team or individual, through training, coaching and advice.

Deakin's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences: ranked #1 in the world*
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Career opportunities

Depending on your career aspirations and areas of interest, you may choose to focus your study in specialised streams such as:

  • applied sport science
  • biomechanics
  • clinical exercise physiology
  • dietetics
  • fitness
  • health promotion
  • personal training
  • physical activity
  • psychology
  • sport coaching
  • sports nutrition
  • strength and conditioning

*ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

This course combined my passion for the biomechanics of human movement and how it functions, whilst also focusing on sport performance.


Exercise and sport science student

Study a field-leading degree

You’ll be eligible to apply for membership as an accredited exercise scientist with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), as a sequence within Deakin’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is nationally accredited by ESSA.

Find out more about Deakin's commitment to sport

Regional and Remote Entry Scheme

From 2017 onwards, bonuses are available to help you gain entry to our field-leading Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and the combined Bachelor of Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management).
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Master of Applied Sport Science

Deakin’s new Master of Applied Sport Science is designed to meet the exacting standards of the elite sporting industry. 

Soon, working in elite sports will require professional accreditation and 360 hours of work experience. The Master of Applied Sport Science involves a minimum of 220 hours, plus Deakin’s close ties to professional sporting clubs, state-of-the-art facilities and world-class teaching staff will help you step up your career game.

Created with flexibility in mind, many of the course's units can be taken online via Deakin's Cloud Campus, as well as intensives offered at the Waurn Ponds Campus. These intensives give you the opportunity to study an entire unit over a shorter timeframe, rather than throughout a whole trimester.

Find out more about the Master of Applied Sport Science

Who we work with

We work with a diverse range of partners, including:

  • Geelong Football Club
  • Melbourne Boomers
  • Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Disability Sports Australia
  • Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute 
  • VicHealth
  • YMCA Australia

Find out more about our sport partnerships

Research with us

Ideas can change the world. If you’ve got an innovative thought, take on a higher degree by research with us in our Centre for Sport Research (CSR). It brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines within the exercise and sport sciences area

Learn more about researching with us

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Staff and students talk about the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree and the opportunities available throughout the course.

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