You are what you eat... or is there more to it than that? The Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences explores the relationship between exercise, physical activity and nutrition, and the role they play in promoting optimum health and wellbeing.

  • The Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is a three-year program that will teach you about the human body, exercise, diet and health. You'll study topics including anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and nutrition sciences.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities. The School is home to a number of exercise science laboratories, a dietetics demonstration space, general teaching laboratories including a biomechanics teaching lab, and more.
  • Enjoy the freedom of studying a flexible program, which can lead to a variety of health careers. Students often progress to postgraduate study in fields including medicine, dietetics, physiotherapy, clinical exercise physiology, or sports coaching.
  • Study at one of the best human movement and nutrition schools in Australia, which is home to more than 100 staff, including experts in nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology, and biomechanics.

Whether you're interested in exercise and nutrition, or a broader career in health, the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences will teach you about the links between good nutrition, regular exercise and optimum health, so you can help people become healthier and happier.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in UQ's vibrant sporting culture

    UQ is home to Olympic-standard recreational and sporting facilities, including an aquatic centre, an athletics centre, a fitness centre, and tennis courts. UQ Sport also organises a range of different sports and activities from AFL and canoeing to triathlon and yoga.

  • Why study

    Master of Dietetics Studies

    Provisional entry into the Master of Dietetics Studies is available. You're guaranteed a place if you graduate from BENS in the specified minimum time, achieve an annual GPA of 5.0, and complete the necessary prerequisite courses.

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  • Why study

    Pathway to further study

    This program is a preferred pathway to a number of postgraduate coursework programs, including UQ's Master of Dietetics Studies and the Doctor of Medicine.

  • Fast Facts

    Learn from the best

    UQ has been educating human movement students since 1941 and is one of Australia's leading centres for teaching and research. Our human movement researchers also scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means your curriculum is informed by the very best research.

  • In the classroom

    Tailor your degree

    You have the flexibility to choose from a variety of courses and tailor your study plan to suit your interests and career aspirations. You can study the human body across a broad range of areas, including the science of exercise, nutrition and food, and the psychology of sport and exercise.

  • Alumni
    "BENS offered knowledge on public health, psychology, research, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology and exercise – which all have an essential place within dietetics." Oliver Canfell , BENS graduate (2014), Master of Dietetics Studies graduate (2016)
    Dietitian, Queensland Health

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences use their skills to work in roles as nutrition assistants, fitness or weight loss consultants, or research assistants.

Many of our graduates combine a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences with a postgraduate qualification to specialise in a variety of clinical and non-clinical careers.

Clinical careers after postgraduate study include:

  • Dietitian, 
  • Medical practitioner,
  • Clinical exercise physiologist,
  • Audiologist,
  • Occupational therapist,
  • Physiotherapist, and
  • Speech pathologist.

Non-clinical careers after postgraduate study include:

  • Sports scientist,
  • Sports coach,
  • Health promotion officer or community health officer,
  • Sport and recreation manager,
  • Public health manager, and
  • Occupational health and safety.

Other graduates have furthered their research ambitions and enrolled in an honours year, where they develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Alumni
    "The Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences gave me an excellent grounding to start medicine. It has provided me with an ability to think scientifically, but also to apply the things that I learn to a practical situation." Concetta Masterson , BENS graduate, current Doctor of Medicine student
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  • Program code
  • 720102 - B Exercise & Nutrition Science
    729602 - B Ex&NutritionSc/M Dietetics
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements


Year 12 English and Mathematics (A, B or C), plus either Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

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