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


St Lucia


3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Interested in exercise and nutrition, or a broader career in health? This program examines the link between nutrition, exercise and optimum health, and provides a springboard to a range of exciting health careers.

  • The Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is a three-year program that explores the human body across a broad range of areas including exercise, physical activity, nutrition and food, preventative health, and sport and exercise psychology.
  • Tailor your studies to suit your professional and academic goals. You can choose from a variety of areas including exercise physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, health promotion, psychology of sport and exercise, and anatomy of human movement.
  • Enhance your learning in world-class facilities. You will have access to a dietetics demonstration kitchen space and specialist exercise physiology, sport sciences, biomechanics, motor control, and strength and conditioning laboratories.
  • Benefit from a flexible program that allows you to move into many clinical or non-clinical health careers. This is an excellent pathway to postgraduate study in medicine, dietetics, physiotherapy, clinical exercise physiology, or sports coaching.

Learn about the role proper nutrition and regular exercise can play in achieving health and happiness, and gain the skills to succeed in a number of health-related roles or postgraduate study.

  • 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.

  • Fast Facts

    Global leader

    UQ is ranked first in Australia and second in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject for sports-related subjects. The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is also home to internationally recognised experts in nutrition, dietetics, and exercise and sport sciences.

  • 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
  • Professional experience

    Practical experience

    Gain practical hands-on experience within your program including exercise performance testing, assessing body composition, recipe modification, movement analysis, and science laboratory experiments.

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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the University’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Why study

    Pathway to further study

    This program is a preferred pathway to a number of postgraduate coursework programs. With appropriate study plans, this program also covers the minimum recommended courses prior to entry into the Doctor of Medicine.

  • Why study

    Honours year

    Delve deeper into your studies, follow your research passion and develop specialist knowledge and advanced skills in our one-year Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (Honours) program.

  • 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.

  • Why study

    Master of Dietetics Studies provisional entry

    You're guaranteed a place in our postgraduate program if you complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in the specified minimum time, meet the GPA requirements, and complete the necessary prerequisite courses.

    Find out more
  • Alumni
    "I chose to complete my degree at UQ as my passion to make a difference through food and health was one of my top priorities and something that I knew I always wanted to achieve" Keira Murray, Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences/Master of Dietetics Studies graduate


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
    720102 - B Exercise & Nutrition Science
    729602 - B Ex&NutritionSc/M Dietetics
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

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


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

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

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.

Learn more about the admissions 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 $39,536
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences for the 2020 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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