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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
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Benefit from a flexible program that will allow you to move into many clinical or non-clinical health careers. It's also an excellent pathway to postgraduate study 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.

Learn about the role proper nutrition and regular exercise can play in achieving optimal 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 leaders

    The School was ranked third in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and is home to internationally recognised experts in nutrition, dietetics and exercise and sport sciences.

  • In the classroom

    World class facilities

    You will learn in world-class facilities, including specialist exercise physiology, sport sciences, biomechanics, motor control, and strength and conditioning laboratories, as well as a dietetics demonstration space and more.

  • 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
  • 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 including UQ's Master of Dietetics Studies. 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, which means your curriculum is informed by the very best research.

  • 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 the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in the specified minimum time, achieve an annual GPA of 5.0, and complete the necessary prerequisite courses.

    Find out more
  • 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


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
    720102 - B Exercise & Nutrition Science
    729602 - B Ex&NutritionSc/M Dietetics
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Admissions criteria


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

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the B Exercise & Nutrition Science in 2019:

10 79 28

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the B Ex&NutritionSc/M Dietetics in 2019:

2 97 39

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the B Exercise & Nutrition Science:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median8 / 84 8 / 86
Lowest11 / 77 10 / 79

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the B Ex&NutritionSc/M Dietetics:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest2 / 98 1 / 99
Median2 / 97 2 / 98
Lowest4 / 94 2 / 97

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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study34 19.21%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) studyN/P N/P
(C) Work and life experience<5 <5
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
99 55.93%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
13 7.34%
International students24 13.56%
Total177 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,224
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is 720102 - B Exercise & Nutrition Science, 729602 - B Ex&NutritionSc/M Dietetics. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

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".

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

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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