Undergraduate course

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science / Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Turn your love of sport into a career. Develop your skills and knowledge in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and sport and exercise psychology as well a broad theoretical and practical knowledge of psychology.

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Murdoch code

B1352

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Duration (years)

4

Selection rank

70

CRICOS code

096789G
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Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities

Learn practical skills in purpose-built facilities including chiropractic science and exercise science laboratories.

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Work with real clients

Across Murdoch's on-campus counselling and chiropractic clinics and in community-focused exercise science practicals.

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Overview

If you’re passionate about keeping people moving, understanding biological, social, and cultural influences on the individual person, and are interested in how to improve a person’s psychological and physiological quality of life, this combined degree is for you.

With your interest in sport, exercise and health, this major gives you the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills of two complimentary disciplines to broaden your career options. With an increasing focus on the importance of healthy, active lifestyles, exercise science and psychology continue to be growing disciplines within Australia and around the world.

You’ll explore the major fields in psychology including human development, neuroscience, and emotion to gain an understanding of how both nature and nurture shape us as people. You will also become experienced in prescribing exercise, as well as assessing and improving the movement of both athletes the general population.

You’ll develop job-ready skills in analysis, writing, research, communication and teamwork and in your fourth year, you’ll have the opportunity to learn hands on and apply what you’ve learnt within an industry placement. This course is the first step towards becoming a registered psychologist and exercise scientist.

3 reasons to study a combined degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Psychology at Murdoch

  • Learn practical skills in purpose built state-of-the-art facilities including an exercise physiology laboratory complete with a climate and altitude chamber, a rehabilitation, strength and conditioning laboratory, and a performance laboratory with a motion capture system and 50-metre running track.
  • Put your knowledge and skills to the test in your fourth year through an industry placement in exercise science. You’ll have the chance to gain experience in a range of settings from community gymnasiums to professional sporting teams.
  • Benefit from Murdoch’s partnership with the WACA and learn from academics who are actively researching professional sports.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • How people think, plan, remember and make decisions
  • The role of motivation and the environment on participation in exercise and health behaviour
  • Cardiopulmonary, metabolic and neuromuscular rehabilitation
  • Functional human anatomy and biomechanics
  • Measurement and manipulation of exercise motor skills
  • How psychological skills affect the performance outcomes of (elite) athletes
  • Exercise programming and prescription

Your future career

As a graduate of this course, you could expect to work in a variety of areas, including sports teams, gymnasiums, peak sports bodies, health promotion and local government. Also with further study, you can progress to become a registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Careers could include:

  • Sports or Exercise Scientist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sport and Recreation Officer
  • Sports and Exercise Physiologist (with further study)
  • Psychologist (with further study)
  • Human Resources or Marketing Officer
  • Sports and Exercise Psychologist (with further study)

Professional recognition

Accreditation for this course will be sought from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with Exercise and Sports Science Australia as an Accredited Exercise Scientist.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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