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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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    ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

    View QILT results.

  • 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.

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

  • 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!"

  • 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

  • Matt Wilding

    Matt Wilding

    Exercise & Sports Science graduate

    "Meeting the coaches and players has been a childhood dream and to be a part of that team has been life changing"

    During my third-year practicum I was able to work with the West Coast Eagles as a player performance analyst and an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the AFLW team. Meeting the coaches and the players has been a childhood dream and to be a part of that team has been life changing.

  • Willie Cruz

    Willie Cruz

    Master of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) student

    "It was highly recommended by colleagues working in elite sport to strongly consider ECU."

    I chose to study a postgraduate degree in Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University to improve my instructive skills as a sport performance coach with The Oklahoma City Thunder. During the vetting process for a master's program, it was highly recommended by colleagues working in elite sport to strongly consider ECU. After doing my own investigation, it was an easy decision.

    The degree is available online with a two-week on-campus practicum component, and offers a great learning opportunity to explore both the coaching and scientific side of strength and conditioning. The practicum was a once in a lifetime experience where I was able to establish a worldwide network of some of the brightest minds in the industry. During the course of my studies, I have learned skills that are applicable to my work as an Athletic Performance Coach in the NBA, and beyond.

  • Jennifer Screen

    Jennifer Screen

    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.