victoria university (vu) is ranked number 12 globally for sport science education.*

as leaders in sport we offer over 40 sports-related courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education (tafe) levels. our research in human movement and sport science has a world-class reputation.

we have strong ambitions to be australia’s leading sport university and a global leader in sport. the vu sport strategy, 2019-2023: from grassroots to elite will drive us to achieve this ambition.

*shanghairanking: academic rankings of world universities

Practical & industry relevant sport courses

a successful career in sport can come in many forms.

you can choose from over 40 sport-related courses that span exercise science to sport management, youth work to sport engineering, fitness to nutrition.

featured courses

browse our full range of courses.

industry placements & hands-on learning

we have affiliations with over 350 professional sporting bodies and employers.

our vast network provides workplace learning and employment opportunities to students. these career-focused placements provide the opportunity to develop real experiences that translate into workplace achievements.

we offer practical placement opportunities with the western bulldogs, melbourne storm and more.

our students in our exercise science courses also have access to internal and external placements through our Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation (VUCER) placements program. during placement students get hands-on experience with real clients in the student-run exercise & rehabilitation clinic.

World-class teaching & research

our human movement and sport science research received the highest rating of 5 (well above world standard) in the latest excellence in research for australia assessment.

the Institute for Health & Sport (IHES) provides the platform for vu's world-class research into topics such as sport and exercise science, active living and public health and sport in society.

ISEAL's $68 million high-technology facility is accessed by students, researchers & professional sports teams. the range of facilities include:

Partnerships & affiliations

our partnerships benefit our students through placement opportunities and industry-relevant curriculum development, as well as the broader vu community through collaborative research and programs dedicated to improving health and wellbeing.

partners include:

find out more about our partnerships and affiliations through the College of Sport & Exercise Science.

our partners the western bulldogs won the 2016 afl grand final. celebrating our partnership, vice-chancellor peter dawkins and bulldogs captain easton wood.

women in sport

we are committed to advancing women and girls in sport and physical activity. the commitment is focused on:

  • investment
  • providing research and industry insights
  • facilitating the australian women in sport advisory group
  • sharing success stories through our ambassadors
  • creating innovative curriculum to strengthen career pathways and employability.

find out more about our focus.

supporting elite student athletes

we support success through our elite student athletes program, offering specialised services for students who are balancing their studies and sport commitments.

in 2014 eight students and nine alumni competed at the commonwealth games.

vu is an elite athlete friendly university and currently we have over 120 athletes competing and studying. services include: