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Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Program code: 2325
QTAC code: 720102 - B Exercise & Nutrition Science, 729602 - B Ex&NutritionSc/M Dietetics
CRICOS code: 073759D

Delivery location

St Lucia


3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

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.

    Find out more
  • 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
  • QTAC code
    720102 - B Exercise & Nutrition Science
    729602 - B Ex&NutritionSc/M Dietetics
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Entry requirements


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

View the equivalent qualifications for international students.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $35,680
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to allow adequate time for their student visa to be processed.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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