The College of Sport and Exercise Science provides leading academic programs in all aspects of sport and exercise, from bachelor degrees to postgraduate PhD level.

We offer one of Australia's largest ranges of programs in sport and exercise science, exercise rehabilitation, physical education, sport management, outdoor recreation and fitness. We are ranked 12 in the world for sport science.* 

Our curriculum is developed with industry input and informed by world-class research from VU's Institute for Health and Sport. Our courses will equip you with the practical skills and confidence to achieve your career goals in any sport, exercise and recreation industry sector. 

As a student in the College, you will have access to:

  • cutting-edge sport and exercise science programs and facilities
  • experienced, internationally recognised teaching staff
  • practical learning placements with some of the world's best sporting organisations.

*Shanghai Rankings 2018

Employability

Studying at the College of Sport and Exercise Science means graduating ready to work. We provide a safe, nurturing and empowering environment where you can build your knowledge and capability.

Our courses connect theory with practice. Through embedded work placements and internships, you can engage with industry and practise your skills in real work environments - which means you'll graduate with the skills, knowledge and real-world experience employers want.

During your studies, you'll have opportunities to showcase your talents to industry and community partners, as well as the wider sport, exercise and recreation industry.

 Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, including:

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

We regularly undertake a range of governance and compliance activities to make sure our courses align with Fair Work Australia policy and industry standards.

 

Industry engagement

One of our greatest strengths as a university is our connection to industry. At the College of Sport and Exercise Science, we have built relationships with an extensive network of 200+ professional sporting bodies and employers.

We work closely with them to help you develop into an industry-ready graduate equipped with the skills and experience to meet our partners' workforce needs.

Our industry partners work with us to:

  • deliver industry-relevant courses 
  • secure access to paid and unpaid work experience, placements and internships for you while you study
  • provide opportunities to build your professional network
  • provide employment opportunities in the sport, exercise and recreation industry.

Women in sport

We are committed to ensuring there are no boundaries for women and girls in sport. We're advancing girls and women in sport and physical activity by:

  • strengthening industry alignment and collaboration
  • creating research insights and translation
  • providing innovative curriculum to strengthen career pathways
  • advancing workforce development.

In 2019, Professor Clare Hanlon was appointed as the inaugural Susan Alberti Women in Sport Chair. The Chair's role is to advance women in sport by strengthening sector alignment and collaboration, facilitating research insights to enhance decision making and advocating for career pathways for women in sport through our innovative curriculum design.

Courses we offer

We offer one of Australia's widest wide ranges of sport courses.

Our undergraduate courses range from sport and exercise science, fitness and outdoor recreation to physical education, sport management and coaching. Our postgraduate degrees could lead to a career in research, registration as an Accredited Clinical Exercise Physiologist (registered with ESSA), or roles in high performance sport.

 Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, including:

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

Whatever discipline and study level you choose, you can be sure that you will develop the practical and professional skills you need for a successful career in sport.

Our facilities

As a student at the College, you'll have access to our leading facilities, including:

  • our $68 million high-tech teaching and research facility at Footscray Park
  • exercise rehabilitation practice clinic
  • exercise physiology labs
  • biomechanics labs
  • motor learning and skilled performance labs
  • recreational sport and fitness facilities.

Our people

Our staff are experts in their fields, bringing together international teaching and research expertise at the forefront of the sport industry. Many are involved in innovative research projects, teaching programs and industry and community collaborations at the forefront of industry trends. 

You can get in touch with our staff staff to talk about the courses they teach, their research activities and other partnerships and projects. In addition, our staff may provide their expertise as board members, coaches, advisers, editors, program and conference organisers and invited guest speakers.

NAME AND ROLE TITLE CONTACT DETAILS
Professor Andrew Stewart
Dean, College Sport and Exercise
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 5200
Dr Sharna Spittle
Director of Teaching and Learning (Strategy and Operations)
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 5266
Dr Fabio Serpiello
Postgraduate Convenor
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 4736
Ann-Margaret Carroll
Senior Manager Operations – Health, Sport & Active Living (HSAL) Cluster
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 5389
Michael Clayton
Manager, Industry Community and Sport Engagement
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 6318
Vishnu Viswambharan
Business Partner
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 5345
Associate Professor Jacqueline Williams
Diversity and Inclusion Representative
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 4025
Associate Professor Michael Spittle
Associate Professor, Motor Learning and Physical Education
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 9512

 

NAME AND ROLE TITLE CONTACT DETAILS
Ly Truong
Health, Sport & Active Living (HSAL) Cluster Manager

[email protected]
+61 3 9919 4845

Steve Gauci
Administrative Team Leader - Program Delivery, Events & Marketing
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 5006
Cam Luong
Administrative Team Leader - Student Resource Management
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 1089
Lili Hodnik
Clinic Administration Coordinator
[email protected]
+61 3 9919 4054

 

Email [email protected] to get in touch with Daniel Crane, our Course & Unit advisor.

Book a one-to-one appointment with a Sport & Exercise Science CUA.

Course contacts

 List of course chairs.

Associates and postdoctoral research fellows at the Institute for Health & Sport undertake research and engagement activities in a wide range of health and sport-related fields. Associates are staff who support the Institute's direction and goals either through research or community, government and industry engagement.

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