Ever wondered about the science behind elite performance? A Sport Science major provides you with expertise in the sport sciences and trains you for a career in the sport and recreation industries.


UWA's Sport Science major can equip you, as a scientist, to further understand and analyse the human body, its movements and functions. With applications in today’s elite sporting arenas, rehabilitation, fitness and health and recreation sectors, this major can also lead into cutting edge, dynamic postgraduate research opportunities.

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Course description, features and facilities

The expertise and scientific application that you will gain in this major can be applied at the highest levels within the sport, health and fitness areas. In addition, the national award-winning Sport Science practicum provides you with essential workplace experience, enabling you to integrate theoretical concepts with professional practise in a wide range of disciplines. The practicum programme also provides extensive interaction with other professionals in your chosen path of study along with eligibility to apply for membership of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). If you choose to complete a double degree by also taking our Exercise and Health major this will lead to accreditation via ESSA as an Exercise Scientist.

To complement your lectures from renowned experts in their various fields, you will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theory of your unit in weekly practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials. The School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health is well equipped to offer a unique learning experience with cutting-edge equipment and laboratories that assist you to translate research into practice.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.

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Student profile – Nicholas Loo

The wide variety of units the Sport Science major provides has equipped me with incomparable theoretical knowledge and technical skills in all aspects of sports science, as well as providing endless learning opportunities that are not classroom bound.

The Professional Practicum has given me professional experiences in dealing with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, kids with learning disabilities, as well as networking opportunities. This has groomed me as a person and prepared me for the work and responsibilities that I may undertake in my career.

I was given the opportunity to attend a summer program at the University of California in Los Angeles where I was exposed to both western and eastern medicine, and learned about developing human relationships. This opportunity has enriched my learning journey overall.

The Sport Science major has further developed my passion for sport and has provided me with the scientific knowledge of human movement and the body's physiology in our daily lives as well as performance in sport. In my pursuit of academic excellence together with the knowledge acquired I am more confident to contribute my knowledge to the community.

I am very thankful for the rewarding experience and to be under the guidance of a very passionate, approachable and knowledgeable team of staff at the highly praised School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health. 

See how UWA Science can change your world!

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

Eligible for accreditation with ESSA as a Sport Scientist when taken together with the Exercise and Health major.

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Career opportunities

Sports Science graduates will have the choice of three distinct career paths. You could enter the broad sport and recreation promotion, management and marketing sector. Or you might prefer a career in athlete preparation as an Exercise Scientist. The third pathway will see you move into graduate training in sport, recreation management, coaching, exercise rehabilitation, occupational safety and health or research.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Sport Science major can pursue further studies at honours or postgraduate level. Other further study options include the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation, Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management, Graduate Diploma in Work and Health Safety, Master of Exercise Science (coursework), Graduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching, and the Master of Exercise Science (thesis and coursework).

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Sport Science: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
20-25 hours teaching time plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSci) or 4 years (BPhil (Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
(+61 8) 64887333
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