About VU

Sport & Exercise Science

Victoria University's College of Sport and Exercise Science provides academic programs for everyone who wants to study any aspect of sport and exercise. The range of undergraduate and research degrees provide the opportunity to get the foundation training in sport from bachelor degrees to PhD level research.

College staff, including our researchers in the Institute of Sport, Exercise Science & Active Living (ISEAL), are involved in research that contributes to all aspects of the sport and exercise industries. Our world class sport and exercise facility boasts an Altitude Hotel, biomechanics, biochemistry and exercise physiology labs in purpose built research and teaching facilities.

In 'Sport & Exercise Science':

Discipline guide

For an overview of our courses, research strengths and facilities, download the Sport & Exercise Science Discipline Guide.

Our facilities

We offer placement opportunities with over 350 sport industry employers. We will provide you with many other opportunities to develop real-world skills.

Our students enjoy and train in the best sports learning facilities in the Southern Hemisphere. These $68 million state-of-the-art sports learning and research facilities include an altitude hotel, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor control and biofeedback labs. The Victoria University Whitten Oval Stadium is home to the Western Bulldogs Football Club and includes our Sport and Recreation Learning Centre and student-run massage clinics.

Elite athlete program

Our elite athlete program helps our students successfully complete their studies while training and competing at an elite level. Our student-athletes have competed at major local and international events, including the World University Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.

We recognise the challenges of combining elite sport with an academic workload and provide the support you need to be successful on and off the field.

Student placements & internships

Study at Australia’s leading sport university and you’ll gain the practical skills and experience needed to get ahead.

One of our greatest strengths as a university is our links with industry. We are one of the most industry connected universities in Australia with over 4,000 industry connections university-wide. Employers value our graduates because we provide them with many opportunities to be engaged with industry, from industry-relevant curriculum to workplace learning, that give real-life work experiences.

As the leaders of sport, we have high profile industry partnerships and the world’s most sport-related industry collaborations. Some of these include:

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  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Fitness Australia
  • Football Federation Victoria
  • Melbourne Vixens Netball Club
  • Netball Australia
  • Real Madrid Foundation
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame
  • Western Bulldogs AFL Club
  • Melbourne Storm.

‘I chose Victoria University because it has an outstanding reputation in the sports industry and I had heard about the industry connections and opportunities that are provided for students.’

Shaun Hargreaves – Office Coordinator, Basketball ACT

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management/Bachelor
of Exercise Science and Human Movement

Accreditations

Our industry courses are accredited by:

  • CPA Australia
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • National Recognised Training
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

‘VU graduates are recognised throughout the sport and active recreation industry as high achievers. They’re able to quickly adapt and excel in a fast-paced, results-driven industry.’

Cameron McLeod – General Manager, Community Engagement at North Melbourne Football Club

Experts

Our staff are experts in their field and include:

  • Professor Hans Westerbeek, former President of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand, co-founder of the European Association for Sport Management and founding member of the EU’s European Network of Sport Science Institutes
  • Andrew Gaze, Australian basketball legend
  • Bianca Chatfield, former Melbourne Vixens captain.

Contact us

General enquiries

College of Sport and Exercise Science
Phone: +61 3 9919 6100 or 1300 VIC UNI (1300 842 864)
Enquire online with ASKVU

College staff

Look up our staff bios for areas of expertise and contact details.