Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

This combined degree provides a pathway to a career that integrates exercise and physical activity with disease prevention, health, rehabilitation, nutrition and sports performance. You will learn to design exercise and nutrition programs to improve quality of life across diverse populations. Graduates are eligible to become accredited exercise scientists (with Exercise and Sports Science Australia), nutritionists, or practicing dietitians (with the Dietitians Association of Australia).

The five-year course enables students to design effective exercise and nutrition programs for healthy individuals, elite athletes, and people with a disability or lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, diabetes or hypertension.

Students will learn to coach people to meet specific goals and provide advice on a healthy balanced diet, weight management, food allergies or intolerances, as well as conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and digestive problems.

The combined degree incorporates significant clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities, providing hands-on experience with real clients in a supervised environment. This allows students to integrate the academic components of the course with the practical abilities required of their chosen profession.

Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.

Inherent Requirements for Exercise and Sport Science courses

Course outline

http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/health_sci/undergraduate/exercise_sport_science/exercise_sport_science_nutrition_dietetics_unit_of_study_table.shtml 

Study plan

You will complete 240 credit points (cp) to qualify for the award of this combined degree. In the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science), you will follow a prescribed course of study with a total of 144cp including one elective unit of study in third year. Extensive practical experience is integrated throughout the course commencing in first year, and will include a placement in an exercise science related field. You will complete a minimum of 140 hours of practicum to graduate and meet the AAESS accreditation standard. You will then complete additional 96cp of units of study prescribed for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics including a research project and a professional training placement. This professional training placement is undertaken in the last semester of the combined degree.

Further course information

Progression rules

The student must complete the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sport Science) units of study before commencing the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics units of study. candidates must attain a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 or greater (credit average) to articulate to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics. The first year units of study of the Master of Nutrition & Dietetics must be completed before the second year units, i.e. research and professional placement, are undertaken.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Health Sciences or from other faculties within the university (subject to permission from the Faculty of Health Sciences).

Course opportunities

Professional fieldwork is an integral part of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science). All candidates complete a minimum of 140 hours of approved professional experience (practicum). The purpose of the professional field experience program is to apply theoretical knowledge to practice in a variety of community settings. The 140 hours of practical experience is also a requirement for membership of the professional body for Australian exercise scientists (Exercise and Sport Science Australia). In addition, eligible candidates have the opportunity to take part in the FHS Abroad program which involves academic study and a four to six week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia.

Candidates in the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, have an opportunity to participate in 20 weeks of clinical, community and food service placement training and undertake a nutrition research project in their final year. For the clinical dietetics placement, candidates are attached to two or more teaching hospitals and their associated centres, where they are supervised by accredited practising dieticians. The research project may be a small survey, laboratory work, supervised hospital project or a literature review.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the combined Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics are scientists with a wide range of theoretical knowledge, practical skills and expertise. The career paths followed by graduates are many and varied and depend mostly on the specific interests and aspirations of the individual. The areas of employment entered by our recent graduates include sports performance (sport scientist, coach, trainer), exercise in the workplace, fitness industry (corporate fitness manager, personal fitness promotion), occupational health and safety, injury prevention (occupational ergonomics). Specific nutrition and dietetics related careers include hospital, community and private practice dietetics, food industry and food science. Careers in community health promotion, non-government organisations involved in health and disease, public health, public relations and the media would be relevant using either or both professional qualifications.

Course accreditation

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) graduates are eligible to apply for full membership of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Master of Nutrition and Dietetics graduates are eligible to apply for full membership of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

Further study

Outstanding candidates are eligible to apply for admission to the honours year after completion of the pass degree. Honours is your pathway to a higher degree by research in the health sciences. The groundbreaking research conducted by our faculty members has had, and continues to have, an enormous impact on the health and quality of life of local, national and global communities.

About honours

Eligible candidates may pursue their own research interests by undertaking an honours study under the supervisions of researchers working on cutting-edge projects. The honours study allow you to specialise in an area of personal interest, develop your research skills and make a significant contribution to the development of knowledge within the profession.

Honours is a fourth year of study, during which you will conduct a research project and write a thesis under the supervision of a member of the faculty’s academic staff. Admission is competitive, and candidates who are offered a place in the honours year must have demonstrated consistent, high level performance throughout their studies, be eligible for the award of a pass degree at a commendable standard, and be judged to have the aptitude to conduct an independent research project.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

For both Domestic and International applicants

Chemistry and mathematics.
Recommended studies: physics.

International students

How to apply

Prospective International students: visit our How to Apply page.
Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer.

For more information visit the Transferring courses page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

Commonwealth Supported students enrolling in a double degree course, please note that student contribution amounts for the postgraduate degree are higher than the undergraduate degree. Some combined degree courses also have a price differentiation. When you are calculating the likely total cost of your course please carefully factor in this price differentiation.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

The ESSENTIALS BOX lists two indicative tuition fee rates for double degrees that comprise an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree with a higher tuition fee rate for the postgraduate degree. The first indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the undergraduate degree in 2017 as part of the double degree for Year 1. The fee is subject to annual increases for each year of your study. The second indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the postgraduate degree in 2017 for Year 1. This fee will be subject to a number of annual reviews and indexation before you may be eligible to commence your study in the postgraduate degree. You will need to consult the faculty for up-to-date information about your tuition fees.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.