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Bachelor of  Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours)

Program code: 2371
QTAC code: 729302
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


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


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Interested in studying the complexities of maintaining an active, healthy human body? This program 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 in our modern, well-equipped human performance laboratories and external industry placements, which may include sporting academies, professional sporting teams or hospitals.
  • Choose a specialisation and tailor your studies through elective courses and practicum placements. Specialisations may include elite athlete development, sports conditioning/performance, clinical measurements or health and fitness.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification from 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


Year 12 or equivalent English and 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 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) in 2019:

6 89 33

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 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median6 / 90 5 / 92
Lowest8 / 84 6 / 89

Learn more about the admissions process

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.

Student profile

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

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study25 33.78%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
43 58.11%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International studentsN/P N/P
Total74 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.


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.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

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:

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 Sport Sciences (Honours) 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 $8,699
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 Sport Sciences (Honours) 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.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


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 Sport Sciences (Honours) 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 Sport Sciences (Honours) is 729302. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

This program may be completed part-time, however, semesters that include a placement must be studied fill-time.

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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