Turn your passion for sport into a creative and innovative career.
Like the name suggests, Sports Studies is all about studying sport. Combine core sport science knowledge with practical skills in areas like sports media, sports journalism, sports administration, event management, marketing, public relations and business management, to prepare you for a range of careers in the growing sport and fitness industries.
- Learn about the modern sports industry at local, national and international levels
- Tailor your studies with flexible pathways to suit your own interests and career goals
- Get job-ready for a changing sport and fitness employment market
Sports journalism; sports marketing; sports administration; sport our outdoor activity development; public relations for teams, organisations and athletes; sports and tourism event planning and coordination; sports business management; and sports marketing.
This program does not meet the application eligibility requirements for Exercise Scientist or Sport Scientist membership of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). If professional membership in a sport or coaching area is required consider the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science or the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science.
However, the program provides graduates with highly relevant knowledge and skills closely aligned to a wide variety of career opportunities including: sports journalism; sports and outdoor adventure related media; public relations for teams, organisations and athletes; sports and tourism event planning and coordination; sports business management; and marketing sports related events, businesses and products.
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
+61 7 5430 2890
Ground floor, Building C, Sippy Downs
Researcher sizes up state of play in school rugby
Rugby union’s governing bodies need to tackle a perception the sport is mainly a game for large private schools in metropolitan areas if they want to revive its flagging popularity, according to a USC Sports academic.
24 November 2017
‘First family of athletics’ inducted into Sports Hall of Fame
Three members of Australia’s ‘first family of athletics’ have been inducted into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame at USC.
13 September 2017
USC students step up as sport statisticians
Two USC Sport and Exercise Science students have become sought-after match statisticians for some of the world’s biggest international netball tournaments.
8 February 2017
Jade shoots for a career in sport at USC
Wide Bay representative basketballer Jade Psaila plans to turn her love of sport into a career by starting a degree in Sports Studies at USC Fraser Coast.
9 November 2016
USC wheelchair basketballer selected for Australia
University of the Sunshine Coast student Steven Elliott has been selected to represent Australia in wheelchair basketball at the Kitakyushu Champions Cup in Japan next week.
3 November 2016
Score a winning career in sport: USC presentation
Sports lovers who are interested in turning their passion into a career are invited to a presentation by the University of the Sunshine Coast at its Fraser Coast campus.
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (6) 72 units
COR109 Communication and Thought
SPX101 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science
SPX102 Introduction to Coaching Science
SPX103 Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise
SPX120 Sports Field Studies 1
SPX121 Exercise Prescription and Programming I
Developing and Graduate courses (5) 60 units
Major courses (8) 96 units
- Public Relations
- Tourism, Leisure and Event Management**
- Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Elective courses (5) 60 units
Sports Studies students can use elective courses to include one of the relevant minors as listed below:
- Tourism, Leisure and Event Management**
- Public Relations
- Small Business Management
- Outdoor Environmental Studies
** Only these majors/minors are available at Fraser Coast
Students need to complete a minimum of 3 x 300-level courses (36 units) overall in the program.
Δ Refer to Program notes
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Successfully complete a minimum of three (3) 300 level courses (36 units) overall in the program
- You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
- Currently SPX222 is offered ONLY via online mode
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
- Apply for your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.