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Exercise and Sport Science

Exercise and Sports Scientists work across the community, in industries from corporate health to education and training.

You'll learn to use an evidence-based approach to inform athletes and coaches on performance enhancement strategies, whether it's for training or competition. Plus, you'll apply the science of exercise to improve health and well-being in the prevention of chronic conditions.

This program can lead to postgraduate study in many Allied Health fields including Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Minimum 3 years, up to maximum of 7 years
Launceston CRICOS 098359C

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Bachelor of Health Science with Honours

Minimum 1 year full-time
Launceston CRICOS 058513G

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Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science with Clinical Honours in Exercise Physiology

Minimum 4 years full-time, up to a maximum of 9 years part-time

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Accredited through Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Graduate as an Exercise and Sport Scientist and work anywhere in the world

Make an impact on the health and well-being of your community


At the University of Tasmania, we'll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Clinical Honours

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (300 credit points)

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.


Year One

Semester One

CZZ101 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1A

CXA171 Foundations of the Human Body

CXA103 Health: Determinants and Analysis

Plus 1 x Elective Unit

Semester Two

CZZ102 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1B

CXA125 Introductory Biochemistry

CXA108 Human Nutrition

ESP160 Growth and Motor Development Across the Lifespan


Year Two

Semester One

CXA212 Pathology of Common Diseases

CXA210 Physical Activity and Health

CXA237 Exercise Physiology

CXA232 Functional and Surface Anatomy

Semester Two

CXA213 Health Promotion: Principles and Planning

CXA234 Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment

CXA233 Health, Exercise and Sport Prescription and Delivery

CXA203 Biomechanics


Year Three

Semester One

CXA307 Applied Anatomy and Neurosciences

CXA328 Evidence-Based Research in Health Sciences

CXA329 Exercise for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disorders

ESP368 The Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity

Semester Two

CXA323 Exercise Nutrition

CXA327 Professional Experience in Exercise and Sport Science

CXA330 Exercise for Musculoskeletal Disorders

ESP233 Motor Learning

Career outcomes

Corey Sommerville, Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Alumnus)

"Don’t rule out anything or think you can’t do it – look at me, I’m 27 and I took the leap to come back to uni and all these opportunities have come my way."

You’ll graduate ready to undertake an exciting career in the health sector. Your career could see you working alongside professional athletes and providing training and development programs, or delivering health and well-being initiatives within the community.

You can also move into postgraduate studies in Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to gain accreditation as Exercise Scientists with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and is undergoing accreditation by ESSA at Exercise Scientist level.

Study Experiences

Small Town to Big League with Exercise Science

Mat works with some of the globe’s highest paid pro sports coaches and athletes. His original ‘dream’ was to work as a team performance manager, but Mat says a degree in exercise science has opened even more doors. “Most of my competitors come purely from a business background, but I definitely feel that the strong and diverse understanding of human performance that I learnt during my degree is a huge advantage.” Mat Young, Alumnus

Read more about Mat's story

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.