Bachelor of  Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours)

Program code: 2371
QTAC code: 729302
CRICOS code: 082624M


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

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.
  • Become an Accredited Exercise Scientist or Accredited Sport Scientist and help elite athletes maximise their performance, rehabilitate injury in healthy people wanting to be more physically active, and promote exercise and physical activity for wellbeing.
  • Gain 500 hours of practical experience within our state-of-the-art human performance laboratories and external industry placements, which may include sporting institutes or academies, rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, or professional sporting teams.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification from one of the best human movement and nutrition schools in Australia. UQ is the only university in Australia to offer honours within an exercise and sport sciences degree.

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

  • 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

    UQ is ranked first in Australia and second in the world for sports related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Why study


    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.

  • Campus Facilities

    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.

  • Teaching spaces

    Excellent facilities

    Learn in modern, well-equipped human performance facilities including specialist exercise physiology, sport sciences, biomechanics, motor control, and strength and conditioning laboratories.

  • 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.


  • Research

    Research opportunities

    Complete an individual research project in your final year under the guidance of one of UQ’s leading researchers. During semester breaks, UQ’s Summer and Winter Research Programs provide further opportunity to advance your research experience.

  • Why study

    Tips from a current student


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

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


Year 12 or equivalent English and 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 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

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 Sport Sciences (Honours) 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 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.

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, 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 $38,496
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) 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.

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.


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 Sport Sciences (Honours) 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

At the end of year 1, you must obtain, and hold for the duration of the program, a current First Aid Certificate (including CPR) and Blue Card. You may also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. For more information, visit

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 Sport Sciences (Honours) is:

  • 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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