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Take your knowledge of sport and exercise science into exciting new areas with the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours).

Victoria University is ranked in the World's Top 20 places to study Sport Science (ShanghaiRanking, Academic Ranking of World Universities). You'll be part of VU's world-class research community, studying in our purpose-built learning precinct.

This honours degree will build on your existing studies in sport science or social science, advancing your skills in research and analysis. The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours) also gives you the ideal academic foundations to progress into masters and PhD programs.

Gain the competitive edge in your field through research and analysis. You'll learn how to:

  • develop research plans and proposals
  • work with others to collect and interpret data
  • present research findings verbally
  • construct a written thesis.

World-class sport research

In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings, our Human Movement and Sports Science research was awarded a rating of '5', placing us 'well above world standard'.

Our $68m high-technology Sport and Learning Precinct at our Footscray Park Campus is designed to help you get the most out of your course. The precinct supports VU's world-class teaching and research and features:

  • a high altitude 'hotel'
  • exercise physiology labs
  • biomechanics labs
  • heat chambers
  • integrated teaching and learning facilities.


This honours degree will help you steer your career into a sport science or social science research role. You'll be able to apply for work in labs, educational institutes and government organisations.

Our graduates also find roles in elite sport organisations and community service organisations – with some even starting their own business.

The course can lead to a rewarding career in:

  • scientific and population research
  • exercise physiology
  • exercise and sport science within a professional sporting group
  • sport nutrition
  • sports data analysis
  • athlete talent identification and development
  • performance coaching
  • special populations training - elderly, people with a disability, youth
  • research roles associated with history, heritage, sociology and sport management
  • community fitness
  • outdoor education
  • health services.


The following salaries are average annual Australia salaries:

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours), students will be required to complete 96 credit points (equivalent to 3 units) consisting of:

  •  48 credit points (equivalent to 2 Units) of Core studies
  •  48 credit points (equivalent to 1 Unit) of Thesis studies

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

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

  1. Synthesise coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines in sport and exercise science and knowledge of research principles and methods;  
  2. Hypothesise, propose and execute a piece of research and scholarship in sport and exercise science with some independence;  
  3. Review, evaluate, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to devise solutions to complex problems in research;  
  4. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in constructing new understanding in sport and exercise science;  
  5. Implement technical skills to design, plan, and use research knowledge in a project in sport and exercise science;  
  6. Adapt knowledge and skills to reflect on personal development in research and scholarship.  

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.


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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Mature: To qualify for admission to the course, applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a sport and/or exercise related discipline. An applicant will usually have attained a Credit (C) average and a Distinction (D) in units of study related to the intended discipline of Honours study. Entry into the Honours course will normally occur not more than two years after the completion of the first degree.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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