Launch your career in exercise science and high performance sport

Study exercise science and high performance sport

Help people achieve peak performance, optimal health, and wellbeing. You can begin your studies with a bachelor’s in exercise and sports science or high performance sport, and then expand your career opportunities with related postgraduate studies in areas like clinical exercise physiology, exercise rehabilitation for sports injuries, and high performance sport.

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Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Become an accredited exercises scientist and learn to improve the health, performance and participation of individuals, teams and athletes. 

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Bachelor of High Performance Sport

Take the first steps to an exciting career working with elite athletes and help them to achieve peak performance. Our Bachelor of High Performance Sport can be accelerated and completed in 2.5 years and acts as a pathway into any of our postgraduate high performance sport programs.

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Graduate Certificate in Exercise Rehabilitation for Sports Injuries

Develop specialised skills in the prevention and rehabilitation of sport related injuries, assist individuals with pre-existing conditions to remain active, or assist individuals to return to sports performance. 

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Study sport and exercise at ACU

High performance sport – graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master’s

This suite of programs offers relevant, professional practice-related learning, independent research and project work, and an opportunity for an industry-based internship.

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Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Advance your career and develop the skills to use exercise to prevent, treat and or manage disease and injury. This degree leads to recognition as a valued allied health professional. 

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Why study at ACU?

Excellent mentors

Connected mentors

Learn from respected professionals who can give you access to impressive industry connections.

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Impressive partners

Our students have completed placements with partners including Tennis Australia, Baseball Queensland, Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Club, Paddle Australia, Brisbane Roar Football Club, Queensland Reds, Norths Devils, North Melbourne Football Club and Core Advantage. We also have partnerships with schools, sports academies, private practices, gyms, not-for-profit organisations, community health organisations, hospitals, and occupational rehabilitation providers.

ACU health sciences job outcomes

Strong job outcomes

ACU is in the top 7 in Australia for graduate employment1.

ACU health sciences industry reputation

Industry reputation

ACU is equal first in Australia for human movement and sport science2.

Find a career in exercise science and high performance sport

Our expert lecturers can give you access to impressive industry connections, including major national sporting teams. Plus, when you graduate, you can gain accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association and Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

Career outcomes

Our graduates have pursued careers as:

  • accredited exercise scientist
  • accredited exercise physiologist
  • high performance manager
  • sports scientist
  • business owners
  • strength and conditioning coach
  • rehabilitation coach
  • performance analyst
  • fitness advisor
  • sports coach
  • physical activity officer
  • health and fitness consultant
  • occupational rehabilitation consultant

Find your place in a place that cares.

At ACU, helping you achieve your goals while supporting your wellbeing are our biggest priorities.

We care about you

Join a supportive environment with a range of student services where you’re encouraged to thrive.

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Study abroad

We’ve got more than 200 partners on six continents, community engagement opportunities around the globe, and a campus in Rome, Italy.

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Get a scholarship

We offer nearly 400 scholarship opportunities for new and current students to help you during your studies.

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Find a pathway

We have a range of admissions pathways to help you into your dream course.

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ACU health sciences student Jordan
“The practical sessions in the laboratory were absolutely a highlight and any chance I got, I volunteered to participate.”
Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate

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  1. Graduate Outcomes Survey – Longitudinal 2022, medium-term, full-time employment 2020–2022 for domestic undergraduate students
  2. Four-digit FoRs, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018

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