Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering)

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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.

Course essentials


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

If you have completed a diploma or advanced diploma at VU, you may be guaranteed a place in this bachelor degree, and in some cases receive credit for previous study to shorten the time it takes to complete this degree.

Find out if your prior study is your pathway to this degree.

Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning)

Get credit for your work, study and life experience through our Advanced Standing process.

Find out more about Advanced Standing.

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

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 20 February 2015.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type). You may wish to review:

  • The course index to confirm the study options available at each location.
  • Advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as 'Advanced standing').

When you're ready:

Apply direct to VU

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

You'll be able to submit applications for one or more courses and track the progress of these whenever you like.

After you apply:

It is important that you check emails from us (remember to also look in the Spam folder) and complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
  • Find answers and ask questions at GOTOVU

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