Bachelor of Exercise Science

Flinders University

An Exercise Scientist specialises in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise and physical activity and can provide programs for improving general health, the prevention of chronic diseases, health promotion and enhanced sports performance. The degree provides students with core and foundation knowledge of human structure, function and behaviour to then apply this knowledge to a variety of exercise based scenarios as a means of improving performance across a variety of interdisciplinary health settings. The degree offers a placement/practicum opportunity enabling 'job ready' graduates with interdisciplinary skills and knowledge of specific health and sport frameworks. Graduates can work across a variety of community and private settings including rehabilitation service providers; sporting teams; sport/recreation institutes and health and fitness settings.

Course Fee:

International: $108,900

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent qualifications; or mature age entry (STAT); or TAFE/VET qualifications; or higher education transfers; or completion of a foundation studies program


Year 1 consists of seven core topics and one specialisation topic. Core topics include an introduction to Molecular Basis of Life; Exercise Science; Human Functional Anatomy in Sport and Exercise; Exercise Prescription and Physiology; Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care; Human Bioscience; Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health. In year 1, students will also choose their major specialisation. Year 2 comprises of six core topics including Sports Biomechanics; Exercise Prescription in Motor Control and Learning; Physical Activity and Health; Health: A Psychological Perspective; Human Physiology and Nutrition for Sports Performance. Major Specialisations will be continued with two topics in the chosen specialisation area. Year 3 consists of Advanced Topics in Exercise Science; Professional Practice in Exercise Science; Psychology of Exercise, Health and Behaviour Change; Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research; Quantitative Methods of Social Health Research; Body Systems and 140 hours of Work Place Experience. The final chosen specialisation is completed with two final topics in year 3.

Subjects you can Study:

Exercise Science, Human Bioscience, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care and Nutrition, Physical Activity, Health, Exercise Prescription and Movement Learning, Human Physiology, Psychological Perspectives of Health and Biomechanics.

Further information:

Students also have the option of combining this degree with the following Bachelors degree, providing they meet the entry requirements for both: Human Nutrition.


The course has been developed with reference to the standards set by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Exercise Science will be eligible to apply for membership with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) as an Exercise Scientist.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park 65 No Part time 6 years
Bedford Park 65 No Full time 3 years


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Flinders University is headquartered in South Australia with a footprint that extends through regional and remote Australia. Ranked in the top 2% of world universities[1], Flinders is number one in South Australia for teaching quality, student support, student–teacher ratio and undergraduate starting salary.[2]

In an era of disruptive change, Flinders University is growing its international reputation as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education and a source of enterprising graduates equipped to change the world.

Unique innovation offerings are supported by the Flinders New Venture Institute, a global entrepreneurship leader[3] located at the University’s high-tech Tonsley campus, while Flinders’ Victoria Square campus provides a study space in the heart of the city. An award-winning student hub at main campus fosters interactive learning in a digitally enabled environment. Students may also complete a Doctor of Medicine through Flinders’ Northern Territory Medical Program.

Internationally, joint courses are delivered with leading universities in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

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[1] THE World University Rankings 2020 according to the International Association of Universities

[2] Good Universities Guide 2020

[3] UBI World Benchmark Study 2019

[4] Flinders rating 89.7%, rounded up to 90%. Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018 

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