Our staff in the College of Sport and Exercise Science have extensive experience and are enthusiastic about the courses they teach -  they make studying with us a career-changing experience.

We are Australia’s largest provider of teaching programs in sport and exercise science, exercise rehabilitation, physical education, sport coaching, sport and recreation management, sport business,outdoor recreation, sport development, sport massage and fitness.

We have a playlist of videos on YouTube that showcase our courses, facilities and research.

Types of courses & careers

The undergraduate degree courses in our college cover areas that will prepare you for a career in exercise science, sport science, coaching, teaching or human movement.

Depending on the path you take, your postgraduate studies could lead to a career as a researcher in industry, private or government organisations, registration as an Accredited Clinical Exercise Physiologist (registered with ESSA), or even to becoming a sport, exercise or health-related academic.


Outdoor recreation, education & adventure sports

We offer degrees in outdoor education and recreation that prepare students for careers in adventure tourism, environmental education, and leadership roles in the growing nature-based economy.

  • The Bachelor of Outdoor Leadership teaches students about the natural environment through activities such as bushwalking and white-water rafting, and offers work experience with The Outdoor Education Group. Skills learnt here lead to work in adventure sports, environment education, nature tourism and related areas.
  • The Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Science focuses on outdoor learning, including adventure activities and Indigenous knowledge, to establish skills for national-park management, natural-science work, ecotourism, adventure programs and other nature-based careers.

Physical education

You will be provided with knowledge and skills in physical education through discipline specific studies in sport, exercise science and health.

Graduates from this course can gain careers in exercise and sport science, fitness and health and coaching. The course covers the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) discipline specialist area guidelines in secondary Physical Education and secondary Health, so that graduates of the Master of Teaching will be qualified to teach Health and Physical Education in secondary schools.

Students also complete a third discipline which could include specialisations such as:

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Outdoor Education.

Physical education course options


Prepare for your ideal career in the health, sport and fitness industries with a Bachelor of Fitness from VU.

Our fitness degree is designed by industry experts, who will guide you towards success as a leader in the fitness field.

You'll learn the latest techniques and theory in health, exercise science and management. You'll graduate with the knowledge needed to plan, conduct and evaluate safe exercise programs for a broad range of people.

Study areas include:

  • personal and resistance training
  • group fitness and fitness training systems
  • fitness training for all populations
  • management
  • marketing.

Sport coaching

Our Bachelor of Sport Science has a major in Sport Coaching, which is designed to enable you to help other sportspeople achieve their best on the sporting field.


This course might lead you to becoming a sport coach, physical education teacher, sport development and community coaching officer, consultant or personal trainer.

Exercise science, sport science & human movement

These specialised undergraduate courses will prepare you for a career in exercise science, sport science or human movement.

Some career outcomes are exercise physiologist (non-accredited), sports coach, personal trainer, health and fitness instructor or exercise scientist (upon registration with ESSA).

Exercise science, sport science, human movement & physical education course options

Our double degrees incorporate courses in Psychology, Business and Youth Work.

Sport management/outdoor recreation leadership

Get qualified in leading outdoor adventure activities. These courses are designed to enable you to gain employment in the sport, exercise and active recreation sectors as administrators, managers, trainers and leaders.

You have the option to specialise in Sport and Active Communities or in Outdoor Recreation Leadership.

Graduates with a Sport and Active Communities major can enter a broad range of administrative, management and professional support positions in:

  • governing bodies
  • sports clubs
  • sport facilities
  • sport events
  • local government
  • community welfare agencies.

Graduates with an Outdoor Recreation Leadership major will have the skills to gain employment in the fields of:

  • outdoor adventure
  • adventure sports
  • outdoor education
  • corporate training.

Sport management/outdoor recreation leadership course options:

Our double degrees incorporate courses in Business, Youth Work and Sport Science (Human Movement). Outdoor Recreation is also offered as a specialisation in the Bachelor of Education (P-12).

Postgraduate degrees & research

Our rich and vibrant research culture in the College of Sport and Exercise Science is internationally recognised with our large group of academic research scholars, research fellows, post doctoral fellows, postgraduate and honours students.

Coursework degrees are available in:

Research degree options include all aspects of:

  • sport and recreation
  • exercise science
  • physical education.

Find out more about how to apply for a research degree.

For further information about becoming a research student or guidance about possible project areas and supervisors, please contact:

Postgrad coursework

Dr Andre Nelson
Email: [email protected]

Sport Business & Integrity
Dr Eric Schwarz
Email: [email protected]

Sports Science
Dr Fabio Serpiello
Email: [email protected]

Postgrad research

The Institute for Health and Sport
Administration Team
Amanda Rea
Email: [email protected]

Emma McIntosh
Email: [email protected]