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Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science / Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice

Program overview

Our fast-track trimester timetable makes it easy to tackle a double degree at Bond. In fact, you can complete two degrees here in less time than you could graduate with just one at most other universities.

Bond’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice enables you to become an accredited practicing Dietitian (ADP) in just four years of study.  

Bond’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science looks at the science of human movement and how it relates to performance and sport at the highest levels. The program will equip you with an understanding of health and human movement including healthy ageing, chronic disease prevention, athlete preparation, health promotion and nutrition, providing a strong foundation for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice.  

Bond’s Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice is the highest-level nutrition and dietetic master’s degree available in Australia - AQF extended Level 9 master’s degree. Benefit from the program’s exceptional 20-week research internship with a focus on global nutrition citizenship and gain 24 weeks of practical internship experience in traditional areas of practice such as clinical dietetics. Before entering the workforce, students can prepare for the program and accreditation requirements through our program charter.

Studying both programs at Bond will enable you to explore areas of study such as anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, biomechanics, motor learning and control, as well as sports nutrition and exercise prescription and planning for both athletic and non-athletic populations. 

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About the program

About this program

The Bond University Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science equips you with comprehensive knowledge and applied skills in health, fitness, and sport performance. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic and applied sciences as they apply to personal and community health and fitness, and sport performance at all levels. Areas of study include human anatomy and physiology, exercise and sport physiology, exercise biochemistry and molecular biology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, exercise and sport psychology. The program focuses on real-world learning delivered through significant practical experience and authentic assessment to maximise employment outcomes for graduates. Delivery of the program is primarily at the Bond Institute of Health and Sport where you will gain high-quality and practical learning experiences in our internationally recognised High-Performance Training Centre, as well as our exercise and sports science teaching and research laboratories. These facilities provide sports science testing, training, and recovery services to a variety of elite and sub-elite athletes including state, national and international athletes and teams, providing an exceptional and authentic learning experience for students.  Throughout the degree, you will engage with and deliver a wide range of athlete testing, performance analysis, exercise prescription, and delivery for healthy individuals and non-athletes, as well as strength and conditioning opportunities for athletes. You will also learn, engage and collaborate with other allied health professional students including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and nutrition and dietetics, which models the current best practice for allied health care. The program prepares graduates for exciting career opportunities in exercise science, sports science, and strength and conditioning as well as provides an accelerated undergraduate pathway to graduate-entry studies including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, dietetic practice, and high-performance sports science.

This postgraduate professional program is designed to develop graduates to be work-ready for careers in nutrition and dietetics across practice areas including clinical dietetics, private practice, food service management, public health nutrition, sports nutrition and nutrition research. This program develops student competencies to exceed the accreditation requirements of the Dietitians Association of Australia, making graduates eligible to apply for accredited practising dietitian (APD) status within the Dietitians Association of Australia. This program is distinctive because of its emphasis on developing evidence-based practitioners that have had intensive preparation in evidence-based dietetic practice, nutrition research and international engagement. All students will be required to participate in an international placement as part of their program.

Program specific scholarship

Elite Sport Program

Many exercise and sports science students at Bond are Tier 1 athletes of the Elite Sport Program.

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What you’ll be studying in your bachelor’s

  • Semester 1

    In your first semester, begin your journey by understanding the foundations of human physiology and be introduced to the sub-disciplines of exercise and sports science. You will complete one of three core university subjects providing you with essential skills in critical thinking and communication.

  • Semester 2

    In semester two, gain knowledge in functional anatomy and exercise biochemistry, which will be integral for application to subsequent advanced subjects. You will complete two of three core university subjects providing you with essential skills in collaboration and leadership.

  • Semester 3

    Exercise and sports science content accelerates to specialised areas of biomechanics and motor learning in the final semester of your first year, where you will understand the science of movement and skill acquisition, the psychology of sport, and the physiology of exercise.

  • Semester 4

    Semester four begins with essential learning of research methods and pathways in applied health sciences which is important to underpin evidence-based practice as an exercise scientist. This semester also provides skills in exercise prescription and delivery, together with your first work experience/practicum (70 hours) of applying knowledge into practice. You will complete the final core university subject on responsibility, integrity, and civic discourse.

  • Semester 5

    Your fifth semester of study includes advanced subjects that provide high levels of academic understanding and practical implementation of biomechanics, physiology, exercise prescription and delivery, and the psychology of behavioural change. Each of these subjects is essential to undertaking a Capstone Project within your final semester the program.

  • Semester 6

    The 20-credit point Capstone Project enables you to practically apply your knowledge, skills and attributes gained. Combine the various sub-disciplines in exercise science into a project that includes initial assessment of participant health and fitness, an eight-week exercise-based intervention and concludes with a reflection on the project’s effectiveness.

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What you'll be studying in your master's

  • Year 1

    You will gain foundational concepts in nutrition, food science, communication and counselling, nutrition assessment methods and public health nutrition priorities. Develop core dietetic skills such as nutrition advice for chronic disease and acute clinical conditions, food service system management and planning public health nutrition projects.

    Our intensive internship preparation subjects equip you in self-management, professionalism, ethical behaviour, and evidence-based practice.

Program features

  • A strong foundation

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science will be equipped with a broad understanding of human anatomy, exercise and sport physiology, exercise biochemistry and molecular biology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and exercise and sport psychology, providing a strong foundation for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice.

  • Placement opportunities

    Obtain 140 hours work experience in a variety of sport, exercise, fitness, and healthcare environments; and build your network with valuable industry contacts through work placements, group research projects, internships, and event volunteer opportunities. Many graduates have been offered work based on these placement opportunities.

  • Master critical skills

    Learn in small, discussion-based classes under the mentorship of leading exercise and sports science academics and researchers. You will become proficient with the latest technologies in sports performance, including GPS technology and video analysis. Towards the end of your degree, you will complete a Capstone subject bringing your skills and knowledge into a workplace-based research project.

  • Learn by doing

    This practical program is embedded with placements and internship opportunities. You will complete a total of 24 weeks of Professional Placement Internships (including a two-week elective internship in an area of interest), and a 20-week research internship.

  • Competitive Edge

    Graduate sooner and gain a competitive edge in your field by completing this extended Level 9 Master’s degree in just two years. The program is the highest-level Nutrition and Dietetic Master’s degree available in Australia, with graduates being eligible to join Dietitians Australia’s Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program and recognised by the US Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Hear from our Bondies

  • Exercise and Sports Science

    "I started wondering, ‘what would happen if I went all-out in a 200-metre event?’ ‘What’s the best angle for my freestyle catch?’. With these questions in my mind, it was only natural to pursue a degree in an area like exercise and sports science. When I was younger, I wanted to be a professional athlete, and now I’m excited to pursue a career as an exercise scientist, blending data and working with people."

    Hannah Schmidt - Student
  • The research experience I gained during my degree really broadened my knowledge in understanding the foundations of how research is conducted and the importance of conducting high quality, thorough research. The skills I gained I have put into practice across different areas of dietetics, particularly for me in a clinical setting, allowing me to confidently and critically appraise research and utilise the best evidenced based practice for my patients. 

    Natalie Rogers - Alumnus and dietitian
  • COVID-19 has raised many global challenges, but it’s also led to many innovations in the healthcare industry, including nutrition and dietetics. Being able to offer clinical services remotely has been incredibly valuable, and our students have been able to continue their placements while gaining experience in what will be a big part of the future of healthcare.

    Christina Turner - Assistant Professor
  • Learning about how cells and organ systems adapt to exercise is what initially fascinated me with this industry – and what I still enjoy most about my job! It’s never static. I continue to learn something new every day, as new research develops, and we find out more about how the human body responds to exercise and nutrition. It’s a very exciting field to be part of. 

    Vernon Coffey - Associate Professor
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