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Griffith is one of Australia’s foremost universities in the delivery of exercise science and sport degrees. We will be partnering with or providing services for a number of national sporting teams preparing for the Commonwealth Games.

Our exercise science and sport degrees are designed to prepare graduates for current exercise and sport environments, and also for a rapidly evolving health sector where the challenges of an ageing population and increasing burden of chronic disease will require the expertise you’ll be able to provide.

Our long history in developing work-ready graduates will help you to reach your potential as an exercise or sport practitioner – to engage, empower and lead.

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Study exercise science and sport at Griffith

If you’re passionate about health, exercise and sport, these degrees are the starting point for a healthy career working in those areas.

Bachelor of Sport Development (3 years)

Focuses on encouraging and retaining sports participation in the community.

    Includes studies in:
  • human anatomy and physiology;
  • health, physical activity, exercise and health promotion;
  • performance analysis;
  • fitness training and coaching;
  • psychology, communication and sport management

Leads to careers in the sport and recreation industries, such as in amateur and professional sporting organisations (state based and national), and sport and recreation centres and resorts.

Bachelor of Exercise Science (3 years)

Leads to formal accreditation as an Exercise Scientist.

Exercise scientists develop exercise-based interventions that improve health, fitness, well-being and performance, or focus on preventing chronic conditions at an individual, community or population level.

Exercise Scientists work in community, sport and health organisations, in roles such as sports or recreation managers, strength and condition coaches, occupational health and safety officers, or specialists in cardiac, respiratory or sleep medicine.

Bachelor of Exercise Science is also an excellent pathway degree to study other degrees in the health area.

Bachelor of Exercise Science (3 years) plus Graduate Diploma of Exercise Science (1 year)

Leads to formal accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist (EP)

EPs design and deliver safe and effective exercise programs for people who have medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. This may include expert advice on lifestyle modification programs that focus on changing behaviours.

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), you’ll work in roles such as return-to- work assessment, chronic disease management, exercise prescription for special populations, weight loss management, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (4 years)

Leads to formal accreditation as an entry-level Physiotherapist.

Studying in small class sizes and using the latest evidence-based teaching techniques such as simulation, you’ll be well prepared for over 20 weeks of hands-on practice work experience.

Physiotherapists work to promote health and prevent injury by diagnosing and helping to:

  • manage acute conditions
  • rehabilitate
  • maintain mobility
  • manage chronic disease
  • educate their client and carers

Because entry into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy is highly competitive, potential students are encouraged to also consider Griffith degrees in Exercise Science and Sport Development.

Accredited Exercise Scientists and Exercise Physiologists are in demand for roles in the exercise and health industries.

Both positions have overlapping knowledge and skills with Physiotherapists, and often work together with them in multidisciplinary teams to provide effective patient care.

Because entry into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy is highly competitive, potential students are encouraged to also consider the Griffith degrees above in Exercise Science and Sport Development.

Sean Certeza

Griffith exercise science Graduate

All Sean Certeza needed was a week in the life of another graduate of exercise science to know where his career was heading. His friend Adam Lyons, a qualified exercise physiologist, had invited Sean to shadow him for a week as he attended aged care facilities across the Gold Coast. Sean watched Adam, who graduated from Griffith University with a degree in exercise science in 2009, as he helped people get their lives on track after health set backs. “You really have to think on your feet,” Sean says. “It’s important to be able to develop a rapport with people and to understand their psychological needs.”

Sean Certeza

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Career outcomes

Excellent prospects in a rapidly growing industry

Our graduates are sought after to meet the increasing need for qualified specialists with an understanding of the relationship between exercise and health

As an exercise science graduate, you’ll be ready for work as a:

  • Exercise scientist for community or sports organisations
  • Clinical scientist specialising in cardiac, respiratory and sleep medicine
  • Rehabilitation, sports or recreation manager
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Occupational health and safety officer

This degree is also your first step towards our Graduate Diploma of Exercise Science, Master of Physiotherapy and Master of Rehabilitation Counselling. You may be eligible to apply if you’ve completed the prerequisite courses and attained a minimum GPA of 5.

As a sport development graduate, you’ll be ready for opportunities in community sport and recreation, including:

  • Health promotion officer
  • Development officer within amateur and professional sporting organisations
  • Manager at sport and recreation centres and resorts
  • Executive officer with national and state sporting organisations
  • Event manager/co-ordinator
  • Sport marketing and media officer

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