Exercise and Sport Science

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Undergraduate Degree


The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science is concerned with the relationship between exercise and health. It is a multidisciplinary field that relates to the understanding and enhancement of human movement, including general physical activity pursuits such as goal-oriented fitness regimens and recreational sports, as well as elite sport and the area of performance enhancement. It also includes the knowledge, methods and applications of sub-disciplines such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and development, and exercise and sport physiology, as well as how they interact.

Graduates typically find employment in various roles in the public and private sectors. Opportunities within professional sporting organisations, varying levels and departments of government, local sporting groups, and generalist roles within the sport and health industry exist for those holding this degree.

Work Experience

The fields that this program grants entrance to are highly competitive; hence students are encouraged to seek as many opportunities for practical, professional experience as possible. Such experience may be found in local sporting clubs, fitness communities, clinics, and hospitals.

View our Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science in the Program Handbook and the online prospectus What Can I Study?.

Academic advice: view Study Pathways for this degree »


An Honours program is offered as an additional year to the undergraduate degree. The Honours program consists of a research project on a topic determined in consultation with your research supervisor. A research career is an option if you complete an honours degree and then a higher degree (Masters or PhD). For more information, see Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours).

A Cardiac Technician's work experience program has been set up with Gosford Hospital. This is a valuable program that allows students experience in clinical setting testing cardio and respiratory function. The University of Newcastle has strong ties with local sporting clubs, including the Central Coast Mariners, who take on one student per semester.

Postgraduate study:

One year of further study in Exercise Physiology and/or exercise rehabilitation will enable students to apply for Exercise Physiology accreditation and Medicare provider number. A fourth year in the Honours program provides entry into research Master or Doctoral studies and a further career in research.

Students wishing to undertake further study may like to read the Graduate Profile of Lee Shires, a registered Exercise Physiologist on the Central Coast.

Postgraduate study may also stimulate career change by broadening the field of expertise. To explore University of Newcastle postgraduate coursework options see http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/postgraduate/  


Sample Jobs

The following list of job titles provides examples of jobs that may be available to graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, and some may require further study.

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

Getting the Edge

Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.

  1. Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
  2. Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
  3. Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
  4. Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
  5. Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
  6. Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
  7. Consider volunteering.

Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.


Sample Employers

There is considerable interest in the exercise and sports science field from within the government and private sectors due to current research from the World Health Organisation and Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council that support the importance of regular physical activity for public health.

The major employers of Sports Scientists are sporting academies such as the Australian Institute of Sport and professional sporting teams. Many sport scientists also work in universities conducting sport science research and educating the next generation of Sport Scientists.

The following list shows some of the larger organisations and businesses that might recruit graduates of The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in a variety of roles.

Recruitment Timing

Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.

Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .

Societies and Associations

Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.

Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.

Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.

Job Search Sites

Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:

Australian and International

  • CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.


  • CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
  • MyCareer: Australian and international listings
  • Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
  • The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs


Graduate Attributes and Employability

Graduate attributes for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science are the skills, abilities and knowledge that are highly sought after by a broad range of employers. Below is the complete list of attributes that graduates will have demonstrated upon the completion of the degree.

Graduate Attributes

On completion of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree, a graduate will be able to demonstrate:

1. In-depth knowledge and skills in Exercise and Sport Science;

a. A comprehensive understanding of human anatomy, physiology andnutrition.
b. Well founded knowledge of Exercise and Sport Science in general and in particular, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise & sport psychology and motor control and learning.
c. Able to design, implement and evaluate exercise intervention strategies in order to enhance physical performance and/or health.
d. Able to quantitatively measure the component demands of a sport or discipline in a field of exercise & sport science including the ability to select, calibrate & operate appropriate instruments.

2. Ability to interpret scientific information;

a. Able to effectively collect, analyse, critically review and organise information.
b. Able to interpret quantitative measures of exercise & sport performance and understand their application.
c. A commitment to best practice based upon scientific evidence.

3. Problem solving and critical judgement;

a. Able to define and analyse problems.
b. Able to evaluate opinions, make decisions, and think critically.

4. Effective communication and professional skills;

a. An ability to acquire, comprehend and disseminate science information to general and specialist audiences in both written and oral forms.
b. Ability to work towards an objective both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

5. Professional Accreditation Requirements (Exercise Scientist sequence only);

a. Possess an awareness of the legal & ethical implications of professional Exercise & Sport Science practice in accordance with the charter and Code of Conduct of the AAESS and NHMRC guidelines.
b. Ability to apply logic and statistical principles.
c. The required number of hours of professional experience in Exercise and Sport Science, to fulfil the requirements of the AAESS.