About the program

The Bond University Master of Sports Science is designed to develop specialist knowledge and skills relating to strength and conditioning and high performance science of elite athletes.

The program is suitable for graduates in exercise and sports science aspiring for a career in high performance sport, or for established professionals such as domestic and international strength and conditioning coaches, or high performance managers seeking professional updates.

This unique program places a strong emphasis on comprehensive practical experience and industry immersion, including a two semester full-time professional internship under the mentorship of a sports scientist.

Completed in only 1 year and 4 months (4 semesters), the first two semesters are comprised of specialist on-campus coursework, followed by the internship which incorporates applied sports science /strength and conditioning practice and a research component. This component is undertaken within a professional or semi-professional sporting organisation with whom Bond University has agreements for student internships.  Alternatively, students may elect to undertake their internship with an external organisation or employer relative to their field of work, with prior approval from Bond University.  

The program will culminate with the submission of a peer-reviewed manuscript that may be eligible for publication, providing an additional pathway for you to progress to further postgraduate research.

The program provides you with exposure to authentic high performance sports science learning both on campus and in industry. The coursework component is delivered primarily at the world-class Bond Institute of Health & Sport, where you will gain exceptional, high-quality practical experience in our high performance gym, health science laboratories and sports science research laboratories. You will have access to specialised technology used in research to deliver a wide range of athlete testing and performance analysis. These facilities provide sports science testing and training services to a variety of elite and sub-elite athletes, providing an exceptional learning experience.

The Master of Sports Science will enable you to apply knowledge and practical experience in high performance sports science across all levels of national and international sport.

Possible career opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports Scientist/ Strength and Conditioning Specialist positions in professional sport, working with teams or individual athletes
  • Sports Scientist/ Strength and Conditioning Specialist positions in national and international sporting organisations
  • Development officer for professional sporting and health orientated organisations
  • Corporate and community health and fitness consultant
  • Health promotion/ lifestyle consultant
  • Athletic/ sports program coordinator

Successful graduates may be eligible to progress to further post graduate research, leading to potential career options in research organisations and academia.

The Master of Sports Science consists of a specialised coursework and integrated research and internship model.

You must complete all of the following subjects:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

*Subject names and structure may change 

Recommended study structure

Please visit Program Structure and Sequencing for guidance on study plans.

*  Students who commenced in 152 (program code CC-63046) must complete the requisite subjects as outlined in the 2015 program structure and sequencing document

Teaching methodology

The Master of Sports Science program uses a teaching methodology that involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.  Examination formats may include objective structure practical examinations, theory papers, assignments and oral presentations. The program will culminate with the submission of a peer-reviewed manuscript that may be eligible for publication. 

During coursework, you will be primarily located at the Bond Institute of Health and Sport, within the Cbus Stadium sporting precinct at Robina.

Academic entry requirements

1. Successful completion of a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science degree or equivalent degree from a recognised institution that satisfies the following minimum academic entry criteria: 

  • Two semesters of Human Anatomy 
  • Two semesters of Human Physiology
  • Two semesters of Biomechanics
  • One semester of Research Design/ Statistics
  • One semester of Physiology of Exercise
  • One semester of Exercise Prescription
  • One semester of clinical exercise testing

Transcripts of completion of primary degree and specific subject outlines need to be supplied with applications.

2. Successful performance at a selection interview
Domestic short listed applicants will be contacted for a face to face interview.
International short listed applicants will be contacted for an interview to be held on-campus (at the expense of the applicant) or via teleconference or video interview.

Eligible undergraduate programs at Bond University:

Domestic students

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

  1. Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including your academic transcript.
  2. Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
  3. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview to be held on-campus (at the expense of the applicant).

International students

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply or contact one of our in-country representatives for more information. 

  1. Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including an academic transcript and documented proof of English Language Proficiency.
  2. Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine eligibility based on academic performance.
  3. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview to be held on-campus (at the expense of the applicant) or via video interview. 

English language proficiency requirements

Applicants whose previous study was not completed in one of the countries listed where English is considered a first language, must provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language.

Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including an academic transcript and documented proof of English language proficiency.

For more detailed information: English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

Bond University calendar

A unique feature of this program is the completion of an integrated professional placement and internship, under the mentorship of a sports scientist. This internship is completed full-time for 2 semesters, at a minimum of 500 hours with an elite sport organisation.

Bond University has affiliations with national and international elite sporting organisations and professional sports teams.

* Students intending to apply should be aware of the following: You may be required to attend internships with organisations in locations other than the Gold Coast region.These placements may involve additional associated costs (i.e. accommodation and travel) for which you will be responsible.

Research

Bond University has a burgeoning profile in health and sports science research. Major investment in infrastructure including the ‘Bond Institute of Health and Sport’ have fostered collaborations between ‘bench top’ scientists and practitioners, providing opportunities for innovative research.

Bond University is the lead institution for the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) for Advancing Exercise and Sports Science CRNAESS). The CRN-AESS brings together partners from key research and sports science institutions including the Australian Institute of Sport building research capacity and excellence in exercise and
sports science, human genetics and bioinformatics, to better understand health, human performance and injury management.

Working with elite athletes