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Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics


The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the scientific aspects of exercise and sport science. Such an understanding requires the application and integration of the methods, theories and knowledge of a wide range of disciplines, including the biological sciences (anatomy, biochemistry and physiology), the physical sciences (chemistry, physics and mathematics) and the social sciences (psychology and sociology). Students follow a prescribed program of study with a total of 144 credit points, including a few elective units in Year 3. Formal teaching is mostly through lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Students engage in a wide range of additional learning activities, including studying textbooks and research articles, answering review questions, case studies and problems, completing investigative assignments and conducting projects. Such activities may be required to be completed individually or by working collaboratively with other students.

A distinguishing feature of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) course is that students have frequent access to laboratory facilities and equipment. The course has a substantial integrated program of laboratory and practical work. Projects are undertaken at all stages of the course; often these projects enable skills and knowledge to be applied to a problem of interest to the individual student.

The most important goal of every university course is the development of the students capacity and enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Highly developed learning skills allow a graduate to adapt to the changing demands of their work environment, and a skilful learner is able to easily acquire the new skills, approaches and perspectives necessary for a successful transfer to a new career path. University courses also aim to develop the students generic skills, which are those skills that are applicable in many diverse situations. The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercis


Admission to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) is competitive. Most applicants are considered on the basis of the ATAR obtained in the New South Wales Higher School Certificate or equivalent, but about one third of students are admitted based on a tertiary record or through the Mature Age Entry Scheme.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) course will appeal to you if you have an enthusiasm for sport and physical activity and an interest in the biological and physical sciences from a human perspective. Although there are no subject requirements for entry into the course, students are assumed to possess knowledge equivalent to the study of chemistry and mathematics at HSC level. Students would benefit from having also studied physics, PDHPE and biology. Students who have not recently completed studies in chemistry and mathematics are strongly advised to attend bridging courses prior to commencing the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) course. Bridging courses are also available in physics.

For further information on general admission requirements and details of bridging courses, visit http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences


An exercise and sport scientist applies a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of human movement to the effective design, management and evaluation of exercise interventions (and related lifestyle factors) in the areas of sport and health. The exercise scientist would take into account the effect of a change in a person's activity level on such factors as nutrition, the stress placed on body parts, the demand on the heart and lungs, chemical changes in body organs, and the psychological and social environment.

These principles may be applied to facilitate recovery from injury, to maximise performance or to generally increase the quality of life of the able and disabled individual within the person's work, sport and recreation environments.

The discipline of Exercise and Sport Science is dedicated to promoting excellence in the development and dissemination of knowledge and skills related to human physical performance and physical activity in relation to health. Maximising physical performance in work, sport and leisure and promoting exercise and nutrition in the prevention and management of disease are embedded in the disciplines mission.

The University is proud of its reputation in producing high-calibre graduates, its coursework programs and its international standard facilities and equipment for research and teaching. Exercise and Sport Science faculty members have strong track records in fundamental and applied research, research-led teaching and community dissemination projects in the application of exercise science to health promotion and rehabilitation, sports performance, fitness and occupational health. These strengths are further enhanced by close links to the New South Wales Institute of Sport, regional teaching hospitals and the fitness industry in New South Wales.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) is a University accredited program by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

  • Organisation Name
  • The University of Sydney - Faculty of Health Sciences 
  • Course venue
  • Cumberland Campus 
  • Qualification level
  • Under Grad 
  • Course category
  • Allied Health 
  • Course duration
  • 3 years 
  • Study Type
  • Full-time,Part-time 
  • Fees
  • Delivery
  • Online and Classroom 


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