Interested in studying the complexities of maintaining an active, healthy human body? The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) will provide you with the skills to make important contributions to wellbeing, rehabilitation and performance.

  • The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Sciences (Honours) is a four-year program that looks at how the human body reacts to different types of physical activity, including general fitness, recreation and elite sports.
  • Gain 500 hours of practical training within our modern, well-equipped human performance laboratories and external industry placements, which may include sporting academies, professional sporting teams or hospitals.
  • Tailor your studies towards a specialisation through elective courses and practicum placements. Specialisations may include elite athlete development, sports conditioning/performance, clinical measurements or health and fitness.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities and graduate with a respected honours qualification that will set you apart in a competitive job market from the School that was ranked third in the world for sports related subjects in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

Gain the scientific knowledge and skills required to analyse and improve training, performance, recovery, or health to help build healthier communities and stronger athletes.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Industry experience

    Undertake a major practicum in your final year to apply the knowledge and skills you've learned during your program. Practicums can be completed in range of settings, including sport, community, corporate, fitness or health.

  • 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.

  • Accreditation

    Industry accreditation

    Graduates are eligible for accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) – the leading professional association for exercise and sports science practitioners. ESSA offers accreditation in both sports science and exercise science.

  • Careers

    Develop the expertise

    Accredited Exercise Scientists and Accredited Sport Scientists can help elite athletes maximise their performance, rehabilitate injury in healthy people wanting to be more physically active, and generally promote exercise and physical activity for health and wellbeing.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Tips from a current student

  • Professional experience

    Practical placement with the Brisbane Broncos

Career outcomes

Graduates have a large number of career options to choose from in one of the fastest-growing allied health fields in Australia in roles such as:

  • Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES)
  • Accredited Sport Scientist (AspS) (applicable to graduates who have completed practicum under an appropriate supervisor)
  • Biomechanist, strength and conditioning specialist
  • Cardiac scientist
  • Respiratory technician
  • Community recreation and fitness officer
  • Corporate health and fitness advisor
  • Health promotion officer
  • Sports development officer
  • Sport and exercise science researcher.

National and international opportunities are available in:

  • Sporting institutes and academies
  • Sporting associations and professional teams
  • Corporate workplaces
  • Rehabilitation clinics and hospitals
  • Sports medicine and healthcare clinics
  • Private practices
  • Health and fitness centres
  • State and local government departments including WorkCover and Veteran Affairs
  • Professional associations and not-for-profit organisations such as the National Heart Foundation
  • Research centres

Graduates who earn class I or class IIA honours also qualify for most PhD programs across Australia and some internationally, including programs in the United Kingdom and the United States.


  • 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.

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  • Program code
  • 729302
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Year 12 or equivalent English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) 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 Sport Sciences (Honours). 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.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake 500 hours of supervised professional practice in a range of settings that includes sporting academies and institutes, professional sporting teams (e.g. Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Firebirds and Brisbane Roar), hospitals and local government and a variety of health care organisations and fitness facilities.

During your placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop your skills in real life settings.

A variety of sessional professional practical experiences are available from your second year before commencing full-time block placements in years 3 and 4.

Please note, some placement providers require students to provide a criminal history check and the students allocated to these placement providers will be required to supply this.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Exercise & Sports Science Australia

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:

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