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Turn your passion for sport, exercise and recreation into a career

Enter a growing industry

Employment opportunities in the sport, exercise and outdoor adventure industry are expected to grow by almost 27% in the next four years.*  That's tens of thousands of new jobs for instructors, exercise scientists and physiologists, coaches, officials, adventure guides, administrators and more.

Learn from the best

Study sport, exercise and recreation at USC and you’ll learn from some of the best — our sport and exercise science teaching staff are highly qualified specialists. Several of our staff have held major coaching and sport

science roles with high profile international sporting teams. And we continue to be on top of our game – conducting research nationally and internationally with partner institutions such as Queensland Health, Swimming Australia Limited, International Paralympic Committee, Australian Institute of Sport and German Sports University.

You’ll study in nationally-recognised sport and exercise science laboratory facilities – we’re the first Australian university to receive laboratory accreditation under the National Sport Science Quality Assurance program at the Australian Institute of Sport.

*Source: Australian Government Department of Employment - Employment Outlook to November 2020

Explore the science of exercise and athletic performance

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science

Learn how to use exercise to prevent diseases, treat acute injuries and manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and arthritis. With a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science you’ll become an accredited exercise physiologist with hundreds of hours of practical training. Build your career in the health sector, working in clinical and community settings.

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Build your career as a sports scientist with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. You’ll learn how to help athletes — both professional and novice – to perform better a build a broad knowledge base of functional anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, motor control and learning, nutrition, performance analysis, coaching and exercise rehabilitation.

Is the sport and fitness industry more your thing?

Bachelor of Sports Studies

If you want to turn your interest in the sport industry into a creative, innovative career, choose our Bachelor of Sports Studies. Prepare yourself with core sport and sport science knowledge as well as a complementary area such as tourism, leisure and event management; journalism, public relations; marketing; small business management; or outdoor leadership studies. Imagine a career writing about sport, or marketing a major sporting event.

Diploma in Sport and Fitness

If your goal is to become a gym instructor after one year of study, then our Diploma in Sport and Fitness is for you.

Bachelor of Nutrition/Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics/Master of Sports Nutrition by Research

Our hands-on programs are designed to get you involved with food, understand the science behind food and the way the human body uses it. More and more HPSA’s and teams are taking the science of Nutrition and Dietetics and using them as the basic building blocks of success, to control maximise food intake – this is where you, as a qualified Nutritionists can add real value. At USC you can choose between the 1.5 years full-time (3 years part-time) Master of Sport Nutrition by Research, the 3 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) Bachelor of Nutrition or combine the study of Dietetic for a 4 year full time (or equivalent part-time) Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. These studies teach the skills and tools needed for a career working alongside the top sports teams and athletes world-wide.

Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management)/ Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

Before a ball is kicked or a starting pistol fired it takes dedicated and experienced business professionals to successfully negotiate sponsorship contracts, organise venues, liaise with multiple stakeholders and a thousand other crucial activities. Designed to prepare you for these demand and more of the sports industry, our Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) and Bachelor of Business (Marketing) programs are assist you to develop a solid foundation upon which you enhance your knowledge of the business and consumer needs before, during and after a game is played or match hosted.

And with a shift in focus to sustainable sporting events and tourism, employers are looking for a new breed of marketers and tourism, leisure and event managers.

What about outdoor recreation and the environment?

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

If you’re interested in teaching outdoor education, our Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies prepares you to teach Years 7-12 in health and physical education and another teaching area of your choice. Or you could pursue a career in outdoor/environmental education centres, adventure tourism and ecotourism.

Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

If you want to learn by experiencing and connecting with the environment, you can at USC. The Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies is a multi-faceted program is designed to give you the skills and versatility to create a career in recreation, sports coaching, adventure tourism, ecotourism, events management and more.

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