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Exercise and Sport Science

Interested in working with elite athletes, improving the health of your community, or helping people recover from an injury? Study exercise and sport science with Charles Darwin University and gain the skills and knowledge to forge a career-changing lives for a happier, healthier future.

With CDU, you can study where, when, and how it suits you, with online, on-campus, part-time and full-time options. Join us to shape the future of exercise and sport science.

Semester 1 applications extended to 23 February

Choose CDU for exercise and sport science courses

  • #7 Australian university for undergraduate employment outcomes

    According to The Good Universities Guide 2024 CDU ranks as a leader for undergraduate employment outcomes

  • 100% flexible to study however it suits you

    Choose to study online or on campus, part-time or full-time

  • Top 100 university in the Asia Pacific

    According to the Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019

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Why study an exercise and sport science degree?

Exercise and sport science student

If you've got a passion for health, wellness, fitness and everything in between, why not consider turning it into a career? Study an exercise science bachelor degree that combines cutting-edge research, practical training and real-world applications with CDU.

As a graduate of this course you'll be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) Fitness Australia, Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), and Australian Health Promotion Association Australia (AHPA).​​​​​

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at CDU focuses on sports-related courses rather than generic units from the get-go, covering anatomy, physiology, psychology, coaching, nutrition, and more. Practical experience is highly valuable within the sports science industry, so our degrees offer supervised placements alongside your academic theory. 

And given our unique Top End location, you’ll also gain specialised insight into tropical conditions and their effects on exercise and sport. 

This program is your gateway to a dynamic and fulfilling career where you can work with elite athletes, contribute to community health improvement initiatives, and play a vital role in assisting individuals on their journey to recovery from injuries.

Studying an exercise and sport science degree online

Exercise and sport science student

Our commitment to excellence in education is reflected in our sports science degree, which provides comprehensive theoretical knowledge as well as emphasising the practical skills essential for success in the evolving field of exercise and sport science. By studying with CDU, you have the option to learn on campus or online, full-time or part-time, and you can switch between modes as it suits you.

As an online student, you’ll have access to our digital learning system, Learnline. Here you’ll be able to access learning materials and livestreamed lectures (or download to listen later). Engage with other students in your sports science courses and feel confident that you’re receiving the same support and attention as your on-campus peers.

Practical experience is a big component of your sports science degree, ensuring you enter the industry with the knowledge and hands-on skills to succeed. Our courses are integrated with health, fitness and sporting agencies for work placements, and any placement requirements can be completed anywhere in the world for your convenience.

Learn more about CDU’s online study experience.

Your career in exercise and sport science

Exercise and sport science technology

By studying exercise and sport science degree with CDU, you’ll be able to understand the way our bodies respond to exercise and help others to enhance their physical performance, prevent and rehabilitate injury, and improve their overall health and fitness.

Whether you aspire to work as a performance coach, rehabilitation specialist or community health advocate, our Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science offers a versatile and comprehensive curriculum. In fact, the many majors available in our bachelor exercise science degree reflect the varied career options available to graduates. 

Our graduates find roles in elite athlete training and community health, and as sport and recreation officers, personal trainers, gym managers, strength and conditioning coaches for sporting clubs, and more. Many also pursue further study in fields like physiotherapy and medicine.

You can also achieve shorter, recognised qualifications as you make your way through the bachelor’s degree (like the Diploma of Exercise and Sport Science), meaning you can start working in the industry earlier.

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    How to apply

    Choosing your course was the hard part, now it’s time to apply. Visit our how to apply page for easy-to-follow steps for all study pathways.

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    Flexible study options

    Whatever your motivation is, we can guide you in the right direction. With on-campus, online, part-time and full-time study options, you'll have the flexibility and support to do it your way.

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