With two research institutes focusing on better health outcomes, student-led exercise lifestyle clinics delivering high-quality exercise physiology services to the community and a ranking of first or equal first in research in the area of human movement and sports science, you will be immersed in an innovative culture of enquiry if you choose to study sport and exercise science with us.
Our institutes, centres and faculties boast internationally renowned scholars and produce world-leading research.
In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, ACU ranked first or equal first for ten fields of research in Australia including in:
- cardiorespiratory medicine and haematology
- clinical sciences
- cognitive sciences
- human movement and sports science
- nutrition and dietetics
- public health and health services
We offer a range of postgraduate programs in clinical exercise physiology and high performance sport including performance analysis and leadership, and in rehabilitation for sports injuries. From 2022 we are offering two new programs for graduate physiotherapists who wish to become sport and exercise physiotherapists or work in high performance sports.
The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) works towards better health outcomes in Australia and around the world. The institute comprises three key research programs: exercise and nutrition; behaviour, environment and cognition; and bone health and fractures. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, we achieved well above world standard for our research in the areas of cardiorespiratory medicine and haematology, clinical sciences, human movement and sports science, and nutrition and dietetics.
The Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre aims to advance knowledge in the areas of performance, recovery and injury in the sporting domain, using established and developing laboratory and applied research techniques. SPRINT research focuses on the interactions between athlete performance, fatigue, sleep and recovery interventions and the prevention, risk identification and rehabilitation of injury with a strong emphasis on findings that directly translate into practice.