Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering)

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Course essentials

Are you passionate about sport as well as science and design? Discover career opportunities that combine your diverse interests with a degree in sports engineering.

Our Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering) combines the study of electronics, mechanical design, and human factors for the engineering of sports technology. It is the only course of its kind in Victoria.

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.


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$86,112 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

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate conceptual understanding of mathematics and physics with specialist bodies of knowledge from electrical and mechanical engineering for application within the sports engineering discipline;
  2. Exhibit expertise and professional judgement in engineering design practice which acknowledges contextual factors impacting the sports engineering discipline;
  3. Adapt theoretical knowledge applicable to the discipline and propose creative and sustainable engineering solutions;
  4. Critically evaluate both sources and validity of information and use established processes for information management
  5. Present clear and coherent expositions of the integration of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and biomechanics in the design of new sport technologies, to a variety of audiences;
  6. Exemplify the requisite characteristics for team leadership and membership appropriate to specific purposes, projects and contexts;
  7. Apply professional ethics and accountabilities in their engineering practice and a commitment to ongoing professional development.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering), students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units), consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of Core College studies, and;
  • 240 credit points (equivalent to 20 Units) of Professional Core studies.

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.

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Year 3, Semester 1:

And one unit (12 credit points) of:

Year 3, Semester 2:

Admission requirements

  • 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.

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