Sport coaching


Our coaching program has been developed with national sporting organisations, elite coaches and expert academics to deliver innovative coaching theory and practice. You’ll learn to create a coaching philosophy, as well as plan and run coaching sessions.

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Get work-ready

You'll develop leadership skills for sports coaching and instruction through practical real-world experience. Acquire essential skills employers value, including planning, organisation, presentation, evaluation, and problem solving. Developed with national sporting organisations, elite coaches and expert academics, this major offers the latest in innovative coaching theory and practice.


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.

Career opportunities

Huddle ‘round. If the thought of motivating and inspiring anyone from elite athletes to mere mortals gets you out of bed in the morning, sports coaching could be for you. Career paths and fields include:

  • elite, professional sporting clubs
  • professional sporting bodies
  • large organisations in corporate health
  • local and community sporting clubs
  • fitness and aquatic centres
  • private health and recreation centres.

Study an industry-leading degree

Our coaching program qualifies you to gain national coaching accreditation. Your development will be underpinned by sports science, pedagogy, personal development and hands-on coaching experiences. Be ready to make a difference once you graduate from the #1 ranked exercise and nutrition sciences school in Australia.**

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Lead the way on and off the field

If you’ve got an innovative idea to bring to the world of coaching, don’t let the other team know – bring it to us and we’ll help you bring it to life! At Deakin, the Centre for Sport Research brings together researchers from a variety of exercise and sport sciences disciplines.

Learn more about researching with us

Who we work with

We're excited to work with a range of partners, including:

  • Geelong Football Club
  • Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Exercise Research Australia
  • Disability Sports Australia

Find out more about our partnerships

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

**ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments
*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)

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