Sports and exercise science

Sport and exercise science

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Career outcomes

Our sports and exercise science graduates have pursued careers as:

  • exercise scientists
  • health consultants
  • fitness consultants
  • sports scientists
  • sports coaches
  • exercise physiologists

About sport and exercise science

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Become a leader that champions the many benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyles in the fields of elite sport, education, recreational physical activity, community health and wellbeing. When you study sport and exercise science, you’ll learn about exercise assessment and prescription, and how to apply the science of fitness and health to everyone from the chronically ill to elite athletes. Want to specialise? Become an expert in sport and outdoor education or high performance sport, or make a winning play with sports leadership study.

Put your future into practice

Study sport and exercise science and you’ll get opportunities to boost your employability with a professional placement. Many of our sport and exercise science courses feature compulsory professional experience, giving you an edge when it’s time to enter the workforce. Our partnerships around Australia and overseas will enhance your learning and provide a range of opportunities, from work experience to collaborative research.


Meet our students and staff

Student profile Sport and exercise student Tania Gallo

Tania Gallo

Bachelor of Exercise Science / Doctor of Philosophy

"The skills I developed at ACU led me into an industry that I'm passionate about, which I hope encourages others to pursue careers they're enthusiastic about. Aside from the literal contribution I have in developing athletes who are ready to perform at their optimum, working in elite sport allows me to have a presence and a voice in decisions that hopefully have a positive impact on the community."

Staff profile Sports scientist Dr Craig Duncan

Dr Craig Duncan

Senior Lecturer, ex-Sydney Football Club

As one of Australia’s leading sports scientists, Dr Craig Duncan’s innovative and holistic approach to player management has enabled high performance teams to achieve greater success.

With more than 20 years of experience in the sporting arena, Dr Duncan is a highly qualified sports scientist who has worked extensively as a strength and conditioning coach, performance analyst and high performance manager. He provides his services to a number of elite sporting teams and was Head of Sport Science for Football Federation Australia. His expertise was instrumental in steering the team which saw the Socceroos win the 2015 Asian Cup.

In 2014, Dr Duncan was recognised as Exercise and Sport Science Australia’s (ESSA) Sport Scientist of the Year.

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