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Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours)

This honours program aims to provide you with the opportunity to increase specialist knowledge and develop skills in your major field of interest in exercise and sport science.
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements apply to this course

This honours program aims to provide you with the opportunity to increase specialist knowledge and develop skills in your major field of interest in exercise and sport science. This is a postgraduate program, you are required to complete an undergraduate program in a related field prior to undertaking postgraduate study.

The program provides research training, by developing your ability to identify and design research solutions and to organise and conduct research in an independent manner. It aims to develop an appreciation of the ethical implications and obligations associated with the conduct of research and develop the ability to critically analyse scholarly work conducted in your particular field of study. This includes assessing the relevance of the existing knowledge base, appraisal and communication of your own research results and its implications. There may also be the opportunity, where appropriate, to work with stakeholders in providing skills relevant to the community.

  • Allied health assistant
  • Gym instructor
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Sports coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise programmer
  • Health promotions officer
  • Rehabilitation programmer
  • Sports scientist
  • Community promotion officer
  • Group fitness instructor
  • Performance analyst
  • Sports administrator
  • Exercise scientist

An honours degree provides a pathway in to graduate research programs PhD or Masters by research. In addition, graduates are attractive to employers interested in motivated employees with demonstrated research skills. An honours degree generally provides for higher starting salaries and greater opportunity for promotion in the workplace.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

EXESP4010, 15 credit points
HEASC4001, 15 credit points
HEASC4002, 15 credit points

Semester 2

EXESP4011, 60 credit points

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

This program requires a total of 350 placement hours, across 104 weeks.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Completion of a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline with a high level of academic achievement, normally a distinction average or above in core discipline courses in the 2nd and 3rd years.

All applicants must complete and submit the Research Proposal form with their application.

English language requirement

Overall IELTS band score of 7.0, with no band less than 6.5, or equivalent

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: PX8

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$16,323 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


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An Honours degree provides a pathway to graduate research programs PhD or Masters by research.

Students wishing to apply for RPL and Credit Transfer are required to provide a syllabus of previous study undertaken at the time of applying for a program. Not all programs offer RPL and Credit Transfer. Please contact the Program Coordinator for further information.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Exercise & Sport Science