Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering)

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Course essentials

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Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering)  is the only course in Victoria that emphasises the application of engineering technology to sports. The course covers areas in human movement sciences, mechanical and electronic, and software engineering with a strong focus on sports as the application.

Studies will be undertaken primarily in the College of Engineering and Science with some learning in the new VU Sports Science and Learning Commons Building which houses world class research facilities worth $68.5M.

Students gain professional engineering skills and training to design:

  • electronic instrumentation and equipment for sports
  • monitoring solutions to enhance athlete performance
  • solutions which minimise the risk of sports injury
  • solutions which could improve rehabilitation in athletes

VU champions Problem-Based Learning (PBL) delivery in our courses. PBL is a team-based teaching and learning approach that uses real life problems to help students learn:

  • technical knowledge
  • problem-solving skills
  • teamwork
  • communication.

Students can create unique connections with elite sports institutions e.g., Victorian Institute of Sports, sports technology companies and top level sporting clubs.

Graduates who successfully complete the degree with a good average may undertake further studies through pathways into 4 year degrees i.e., Electrical and Electronics Engineering or Mechanical Engineering and postgraduate studies in Sports Engineering by research.


A career in sports engineering will combine your passion for design and technology with an interest in sport. With this degree – the only course of its kind in Victoria – you will join a broad multidisciplinary field and be career-ready thanks to VU’s focus on industry learning.

Job titles

  • Sports engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Mechanical designer/engineer
  • Industrial designer of sporting equipment
  • Ergonomics/OHS specialist

Organisations employing sports engineering graduates

You could work for national and state institutes of sport and elite sporting organisations, university sports or engineering-related departments, or manufacturers of sporting goods, sports vehicles and sports safety products.


The salary of engineering graduates four months after graduation is A$63,000 (GradStats).

A comparable profession is mechanical engineering, with average earnings of A$84,344 per year (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

88 per cent of mechanical engineering graduates in Australia were in full time employment four months after graduation (GradStats).

Partnerships and placements

VU’s many sporting collaborations include organisations such as the Australian Sports Commission, Western Bulldogs and the Australian Institute of Sport. International partnerships include German Sports University, Brazil Olympic Committee and INSEP French Institute of Sport (Institut national du sport et de l'éducation physique).

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

To graduate highly skilled engineering technologists capable of crossing and blending traditional discipline boundaries and who will be able to provide knowledge-based practical engineering services to the sports, sports science, and exercise and rehabilitation industries. To produce graduates who are universally recognised as leading practitioners in their field and who, as Sports Engineers, are capable of making a contribution to society and the community. To raise the University’s profile in the community and industry by becoming the leading provider of Sports Engineering education and research in Australia.

Units and electives

Major field of studies: Physiology, Biomechanics, Dynamics, Fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, Digital and analogue electronics, Mechatronics, sensors and data acquisition, Materials, Engineering design, Computing, Management and professional practice.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

And one unit (12 credit points) of:

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

Admission information

  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English AND in a mathematics (any).
  • International: Achieved an IELTS (Academic Module) result with an overall score of 6 (no band less than 6) or equivalent. Completed a secondary school qualification equivalent to Australia’s year 12 or VCE qualification. Provide evidence of prior study of mathematics equivalent to Australia's year 12 level. Physics is optional but highly recommended.
  • Mature: Basic academic degree or work experience background in (any) fields of engineering or sports science. Applications will be treated on an individual basis.

How to apply for this course

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