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Graduate Diploma of Science (Sport and Exercise)

Graduate Diploma of Science Specialisation Sport & Exercise (GDSI)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 8 units

  • 1 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba
  • Ipswich

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Excel in the health and fitness industry

Are you passionate about all aspects of sport, health and wellbeing? The Graduate Diploma of Science (Sport and Exercise) will develop your expertise in the design and implementation of exercise programs and interventions to promote wellness and improve human movement performance.

Your studies will cover human anatomy and physiology, exercise assessment and delivery, motor control and learning, biomechanics and exercise physiology.

This degree is ideal if you’re already working within the health, sport and exercise industry to advance your career, or if you’re looking to enter this exciting and fast-paced profession.

Professional accreditation

This degree can lead to membership of professional associations such as the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).
You may find work as a health educator, gym manager, recreation officer, sports development officer, sports performance director, strength and conditioning coach, Paralympic and special athlete coach, or any other professions which require advanced sport and exercise expertise.

You may also wish to complete further study through our Master of Science (Sport and Exercise) or Master of Science (Research).
Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
8 x specialisation courses
Total 8
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9527
Domestic full fee paying AUD 26880

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • 3-year Bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent.
  • or
  • equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption procedure.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.