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.

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Apply exercise and sport science to improve the performance, health and participation of individuals, athletes and teams through training, coaching and advice. You’ll develop the expertise to become a professional leader in exercise and sport science, and have the opportunity to study the biology, technology, behaviour and best practices that underpin exercise and sport science.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor 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.

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). Thanks to the world-class facilities and teaching aids, our exercise and sport science sequence is nationally accredited by ESSA.

Find out more about Deakin's commitment to sport

Specialised Indoor Exercise and Sport Science Building

You can use the 40-metre running track to measure the impact of running, work with accredited exercise physiologists to treat clients, and train for different environments in the climate chamber. All that and much more is available to help you get the most out of your studies.

Find out more about the building

Career opportunities

Our graduates get jobs. Upon graduating, you may find employment opportunities in:

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

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

Stephanie Moorhouse

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Regional and Remote Entry Scheme

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).

Find out more about the scheme

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

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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

Find out more about our partnerships

  • Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • VicHealth
  • YMCA Australia.

Leading the way in sport research

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). The centre brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines within the exercise and sport sciences area.

Learn more about researching with us

Discover exercise and sport science at Deakin

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science – Aaron and Rebecca's story

Hear from Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science students Aaron and Rebecca about their experiences learning in the #1 sport science school in Australia**. Studying sport at Deakin means you’ll benefit from our partnerships with elite sporting organisations, and our strong emphasis on practical learning.

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science – Noni's story

Hear from Noni Taylor about her experiences working with the North Melbourne Football Club and studying Deakin's Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and honours program. In our course, you can gain up to 320 hours of practical experience, making you ready for a career in the sport industry.

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ESPN speaks to Deakin’s sport experts and the Geelong Cats as they discuss the future of the game (Episode: Analytics Role in Decision Making).

Master of Applied Sport Science at Deakin

Deakin's Master of Applied Sport Science is designed in conjunction with industry professionals to meet the need for qualified, high-level sport scientists wanting to work in professional and semi-professional environments.

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**ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2020
*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
#ARWU Rankings 2020
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^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)