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Exercise & Sports Science

ECU's Sports Science program is internationally recognised and includes our postgraduate studies in Strength and Conditioning. High performance sports teams choose ECU for testing, including West Coast Eagles, Perth Glory and many other elite athletes.

Why ECU?

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    Top public uni in WA for Health

    ECU has been ranked the top public university in Western Australia for undergraduate Health Services and Support education for learning resources, student support, teaching quality and quality of educational experience. Source: QILT Student Experience Survey 2020.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.


Study world ready

Our Exercise Science and Rehabilitation program was the first in Western Australia accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

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  • "The practical side of my studies gave me the confidence to become a physical trainer at the WA Police Academy."

  • I was always interested in athletic performance.

  • Football Performance major students visit West Coast’s High Performance Centre

    ECU's partnerships with sports industry leaders, including AFL powerhouse West Coast, offer students unique opportunities to go behind the scenes, gain industry insights and better understand their career prospects.

    This includes students who’ve chosen the Football Performance major (pictured).

    Lecturer Mark Scanlan says:

    "The Football Performance students benefit enormously from our relationship with the WCE as they get early exposure to professional sport in a state-of-the-art, multi-million-dollar facility."

    Current student Corey Wilson couldn’t agree more:

    "Seeing the facilities at the West Coast Eagles High Performance Centre was a privilege, and to know that our university has opportunities with these high-calibre partners makes our third-year practicum through the Football Performance major an even more exciting task!"

  • Professor of Strength and Conditioning Greg Haff's research is focussed on encouraging kids to start building their fitness through Youth Resistance Training.

  • In this short video, Course Coordinator, Associate Professor Greg Haff explains how ECU is Australia's only Level 2 accreditation provider for strength and conditioning.

Student stories

  • Jennifer Screen

    Jennifer Screen

    ECU Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) graduate

    "ECU has a reputation as one of the leading universities worldwide for studying Sports Science."

    I was attempting to make my second Olympic team while completing my Masters. The course structure, online access and availability of lecturers helped me to manage everything.

  • Exercise & Sports Science student Ricky LeGuay, working with the West Coast Eagles

    Ricky LeGuay

    ECU Exercise & Sports Science student

    "Exercise and Sports Science can pave the way for different career paths."

    The course has taken my personal training to the next level. It has also given me the opportunity to work with the West Coast Eagles.

  • Claire Mason

    ECU Exercise and Sports Science and Exercise Science and Rehabilitation graduate

    "You have the opportunity to experience the workplace"

    I was looking to upskill into a clinical setting and ECU was the only university in Western Australia that was offering the accredited course. The lecturers are all very renowned in their own fields. Their current research is within the areas that they teach us. This means that we are getting the most up-to-date information in the lectures and labs. They were all very approachable and supportive should we need help with any of the assignments or topics that we covered.