English language requirements
Trimester 1 commencing students: 1 year over 3 consecutive trimesters
Trimester 2 commencing students: 1.5 years over 4 consecutive trimesters
Trimester 3 commencing students: 1.5 years over 4 consecutive trimesters
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.
*Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2020Read More
- Award granted
- Graduate Diploma of Applied Sport Science
2023 course information
- Deakin code
- 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.
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).
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.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
^ Intensive unit can be completed at either Deakin University, Australia or Universiti Sains Malaysia
* International students who complete their intensive at Universiti Sains Malaysia will complete the intensive requirements for HSE721 online. International students who complete their intensive at Deakin University will complete the intensive requirements for HSE721 in person.
# Optional intensive requirements can be completed online
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.
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
International students are strongly encouraged to undertake HSE724 Strength and Conditioning Methods for Athletes in Trimester 3 to align the intensive components with HSE721 High Performance Management in Sport and HSE725 Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport. This means you can complete all the course’s intensive requirements within the intensive in Trimester 3.
International students who commence in Trimester 1 - you can either attend HSE724 Strength and Conditioning Methods for Athletes intensives in Trimester 1 and then attend the Trimester 3 intensive for HSE721 High Performance Management in Sport and HSE725 Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport OR defer the Trimester 1 intensives and complete them in Trimester 3, with the other 2 intensives for HSE721 High Performance Management in Sport and HSE725 Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport units.
International students who wish to attend the intensives at Deakin University,Australia or at Universiti Sains Malaysia, please refer to the visa information below.
Additional course information
Depending on the units completed, students can exit the course with the following qualifications:
IMPORTANT: Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus courses. To participate in the mandatory campus based scheduled sessions, it is suggested that you apply for a Visitor Visa to study for a short period in Australia or Malaysian Single Entry Visa to study for a short period in Malaysia. Please be advised that Deakin University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a Visitor Visa by the Australian or Malaysian Government.
Read more about Visitor Visas on the Department of Home Affairs website and other options to study in Australia on the government website at https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/english/apply-to-study/visas.
Read more about a Malaysian Single Entry Visa on the Visa Malaysia website at https://www.visasmalaysia.com/. All places offered to international students in this course are only offered via cloud study mode. Deakin University is not obligated to provide any students with a COE (confirmation of enrolment) to facilitate a student visa application
All places offered to international students in this course are only offered via cloud study mode. Deakin University is not obligated to provide any students with a COE (confirmation of enrolment) to facilitate a student visa application.
This program requires international students to attend one compulsory on-campus intensive to be held at a Deakin University campus in Trimester 3. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they understand the visa options available to them to allow them to be in Australia to complete these intensive requirements. International Students are required to obtain a Visitor Visa to be able to undertake this compulsory intensive class. International students will not be able to apply for a student visa for this course.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
As a student in an online course with oncampus 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 CloudDeakin. 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.
HSE724 Strength and Conditioning for High Performing Athletes requires on campus intensive attendance in Trimester 1 or Trimester 3
HSE721 Management and Leadership in High Performance Sport and HSE725 Advanced Training Design for Sport require on campus intensive attendance in Trimester 3
HSE726 Notational Analysis of Sport Performance has an optional on campus intensive in Trimester 1 or Trimester 3
The minimum entry requirements for this course are:
- Bachelor Degree or higher
- Two years relevant work experience
- Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
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
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
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course in the same year they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about tuition fees.
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.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
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.
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.
We are recognised as an industry provider for the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).
Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma of Applied Sport Science or Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning, you will meet the theoretical and practical skills gained through HSE724 Strength and Conditioning for High Performing Athletes and HSE725 Advanced Training Design for Sport for Level 2 ASCA accreditation. You would be required to provide ASCA with evidence of an article of publication standard for the Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning (JASC), and practical coaching experience, to meet the eligibility requirements for Level 2 accreditation.
For more details and to view the application form, visit ASCA.