Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering)

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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
  • design monitoring solutions to enhance athlete performance
  • design solutions which minimise the risk of sports injury
  • design solutions which could improve rehabilitation in athletes
  • work in groups to solve real world industry problems.

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

Open for Mid-year entry
Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 18 July 2014.

OR

VTAC applications close on 6 June 2014. Apply via the VTAC website

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type.)

Already a VU student?

You can transfer into this course through our internal transfer process.

Careers

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.

Salaries

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).

Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering) student Stephen Menzies

Engineering at play

High-achiever Stephen Menzies works in industry and gets paid mentoring first-years while he completes his degree.

State-of-the-art facilities

VU’s A$68 million high-technology Sport and Learning Precinct is designed to support our world-class teaching and research.

Engineers in demand

In 2012, it was revealed that an engineering shortage has driven up salaries and put engineers in high demand (The Australian).

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

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional 'elective' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission information

  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) 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 18 July 2014.

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.

Apply through VTAC

Applications close on 6 June 2014.

When you're ready:

  1. Apply via the VTAC website.
  2. As part of the application you may need to complete extra requirements such as:

Extra requirement details are available in the VTAC Guide.

You need to complete all extra requirements 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
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