Graduate Diploma of Applied Sport Science

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Sport Science prepares you to lead and manage high performance teams.

Key facts

English language requirements

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Sport Science prepares you to lead and manage high performance teams. Combine training in advanced sport science, performance analysis and strength and conditioning, and benefit from professional development opportunities that take your career forward.

Want the career benefits of postgraduate study without having to commit to a longer degree?

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Sport Science is designed for busy professionals looking to progress their career in the sport science industry. You can study while you work and complete your degree online in just one year (full time).

The course prepares you for both the technical and managerial aspects of high performance sport. Build specialised skills in sport science, performance analysis and strength and conditioning; and complement these skills by boosting your management capabilities through studies in leadership, culture development and continuous improvement. These management skills don’t just make you more employable, they give you a recipe for team success and allow you to develop your support staff, as well as your athletes.

The curriculum is underpinned by science and research – just one of the reasons why Deakin has been the number one sport science school in Australia for four years running*. You’ll graduate with the ability to critically evaluate and apply research to make confident, evidence-based decisions in your role. Better still, you’ll have direct access to academics with expertise in a broad range of sport science fields. This includes specialist researchers within Deakin’s multidisciplinary Centre for Sport Research (CSR) and Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN). Draw on their professional experiences when solving complex sport science problems and leverage their industry connections to start forming your own.

The course is made up of eight of the 10 units from Deakin’s Master of Applied Sport Science:

  • Athlete and Program Development in High Performance Sport
  • High Performance Management in Sport
  • The Scientific Processes for Sports Scientists
  • Data Analysis and Program Evaluation for Sports Scientists
  • Strength and Conditioning Methods for Athletes
  • Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Sport Performance Analysis

After completing this course, you may wish to enhance your credentials further by articulating into the Master of Applied Sport Science.

*Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2020

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Applied Sport Science students must attain 8 credit points comprising 8 credit-point core units. There are no elective units.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core units

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Athlete and Program Development in High Performance Sport
  • High Performance Management in Sport ^
  • The Scientific Process for Sports Scientists
  • Data Analysis and Program Evaluation for Sports Scientists
  • Strength and Conditioning Methods for Athletes ^
  • Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport ^
  • Sport Performance Analysis ^
  • Advanced Sport Performance Analysis
  • ^ Units have an on campus intensive requirement

    International students can choose to attend HSE721 and HSE726 intensives via on campus or cloud mode (video conferencing). Students are strongly encouraged to undertake HSE724 in Trimester 3 to align the intensive components with HSE721 and HSE725.

    International students who wish to attend the intensives on campus, please refer to the visa information under ‘Campuses by intake’ section of this course handbook.

    Please refer to the Course Map page for course map information.

    The course maps will guide the units you need to enrol in each trimester.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Applied Sport Science
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    H607
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud campus

    Additional course information

    Depending on the units completed, students can exit the course with the following qualifications:

    H513 Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning

    H514 Graduate Certificate of Sport Performance Analysis

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Workload

    As a student in a Cloud (online) course (with on-campus intensives in some units) in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend at least 11-13 hours per unit every week participating in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, placements and online interaction via CoudDeakin. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time. Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.

    Participation requirements

    HSE724 Strength and Conditioning Methods for Athletes requires on campus intensive attendance in Trimester 1 or Trimester 3

    HSE721 High Performance Management in Sport and HSE725 Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport require on campus intensive attendance in Trimester 3

    HSE726 Sport Performance Analysis has an optional on campus intensive in Trimester 1 or Trimester 3

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

    • Bachelor Degree or higher
      OR
    • Two years relevant work experience
      OR
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    The course prepares you for career growth in the industry. Graduate with a sought-after combination of sport science and managerial skills that set you up for success in roles such as:

    • high performance manager
    • sport performance analyst

    Depending on other professional accreditation, graduates could work as a strength and conditioning coach, sport performance analyst, a sport scientist or sport performance manager.

    If you are looking to pursue further study, you may wish to articulate into the Master of Applied Sport Science after completing this course.

    Professional recognition

    While this course is not accredited by a professional body, graduates may be eligible to apply for individual accreditation with relevant industry bodies including but not limited to: