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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.

Delivery mode

Blended, Face to Face

Research human movement in our high-tech 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.


Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the university admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Admission requirements

Applicants for this degree will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course


We consider both ATAR and other criteria


ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Entry requirements

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Special admission programs

Special admission programs are available to applicants who may come from a disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environment. These include:

  • Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for VTAC applicants
  • Early Entry Offer Program (EEOP)
  • Special Consideration

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Entry requirements

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Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people who have completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) and have also completed:

  • a higher education (university) qualification OR
  • at least 6 months of continuous study in an undergraduate or higher qualification, at an Australian university within the last 5 years.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to the honours program, applicants must hold a degree or equivalent with major studies in a relevant discipline. An applicant will usually have attained a Distinction (D) or High Distinction (HD) 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.

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than 2 years ago and do not have any formal academic history.

Entry requirements

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Pathways & credits

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.

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.

Browse our other Sports & Exercise courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

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