Studying exercise and sports science in Australia

Undertaking university studies in exercise or sports science in Australia is an ideal way to begin a professional career in the exercise, sports science and health industries.

Australia is a large and diverse country; so too is the variety of exercise and sports science courses available. Nationally, 30 universities offer an abundance of programmes at both the undergraduate 
and postgraduate level in this field, suiting 
a range of flexible study modes including 
face-to-face or distance education, either 
full-time or part-time.

Australian universities are linked with other institutions in over 100 countries and many 
of our academic staff travel abroad to teach in international university facilities, as well 
as our universities welcoming academic 
staff from abroad to contribute to our university programmes.

Studying in Australia provides students with comprehensive and thorough learning opportunities that are renowned for excellence worldwide.

Studying exercise and sports science in Australia

“Australian scientists are sought after for positions throughout the world, especially in the UK”

Graduates are able to work across a broad range of professional disciplines, such as sports science, health, fitness and exercise rehabilitation, in Australia and across the world. Many graduates choose to become members of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as Exercise Scientists, Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) or Accredited Sports Scientists (ASPs).

AEPs are nationally-recognised allied health providers, being leaders in the field of clinical exercise physiology. The important contribution to population health by the AEP profession is recognised in Australia more than in any other country in the world.

As an AEP you are eligible to work as a provider in the federally funded Medicare or rehabilitation systems, as well as many other government-funded initiatives.

We are also recognised as being at the cutting edge of sports science. Australian scientists are sought after for positions throughout the world, especially in the UK.

Study isn’t the only reason students come 
to Australia. Students have the opportunity to experience the unique Australian way of life and, depending on where you study, your playground may be the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, the surfing beaches of Western Australia or the picturesque Tasmania, where the mountains meet the sea, to name just 
a few options.

The rewards that come with choosing to study in Australia are numerous. Choosing 
to study in Australia is definitely an 
‘evidence-based’ stepping stone worth considering on the pathway to a prosperous and hopefully successful career. As well as gaining theoretical knowledge and practical skills, your experience abroad will also help you to develop your potential for many other aspects of life.

Settings for employment

  • Hospital/clinical service: Providing treatment to patients, or as part of a 
clinical hospital laboratory conducting twelve lead ECG, clinical exercise testing 
or lung function testing
  • Occupational rehabilitation: Injury case management services; workers compensation industry (WorkCover); CTP claims (Lifestyle Care and Support Scheme); sites may be private practice case management providers, insurance companies etc; rehabilitation service providers - design and manage work related activity programmes or performing workplace assessment; work/job task analysis; or manual materials handling
  • Exercise delivery for apparently healthy clients and those at high-risk of developing, or with existing, chronic disease or injury: Conducting client assessments; exercise prescription; leadership (e.g. client exercise session monitoring and programme management); exercise plan evaluation 
or general health education and 
self-management advice
  • Sports science/sports performance: Coaching – teams and/or individuals, from ‘grass roots’ community levels to elite sports competition; strength training and conditioning for sport teams - athletes of all levels; physiological assessments and/or athlete profiling (e.g. body composition); performance testing and/or talent identification; biomechanical assessment and analysis; sports first aid/sports trainer (for sporting teams/events); match/performance analysis; sports drug testing (ASADA)/anti-doping; sports camps for players/athletes; or skill development
  • Exercise and sport science research: Exercise testing/physiological assessment; laboratory assistant; data collection and analysis; calibration of equipment; haematology; biochemistry; or drug screening
  • Workplace health: Health risk appraisal and risk management (e.g. lifestyle management programmes); recruitment fitness testing and/or training for emergency services (e.g. fire brigade or police force); occupational/workplace injury risk assessment and risk management; workplace health programmes/corporate fitness; or blood tests/anthropometry

Written by Lyndell Crawford-Round (2011)
Industry Development Officer
Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)