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Graduate Certificate in Human Movement Science - 868AA

Course Code: 868AA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science
UAC Code: 880807
CRICOS Code: 056140C
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Power up you knowledge in Sport and Exercise

Are you ready to drive your career forward through an increased knowledge of sport and exercise? Or perhaps you need to boost your understanding of functional anatomy, biomechanics and exercise physiology before commencing one of our masters programs? Either way this 1-semester, full-time course will get you up and running. 

Study the Graduate Certificate in Human Movement Science at UC and you will:

  • broaden the skills and knowledge you developed during an undergraduate science degree
  • learn functional anatomy, biomechanics and exercise physiology
  • develop skills in the area of sport and exercise which can be applied directly to your work place
  • conduct research with leaders in applied sport research
  • collaborate with major sporting organisations
  • bridge the gap between a biological or medical science bachelor degree and our Master of Physiotherapy, Master of Exercise Science and Master of Occupational Therapy program. 

Study opportunities

  • The Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science was established at UC in 1981. This coincided with the development of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). As well as providing study programs we conduct research projects, implement community engagement activities and facilitate social networking.
  • We provide education for all, including high performance athletes, coaches and managers from the AIS and other high profile sporting bodies.
  • There are study scholarships available.

Career opportunities

Sport and Exercise Science designs tailored services to manage and maximise human performance and its related environment. Some examples of what graduates from our discipline are involved with include: 

  • conducting sports science research and testing for sporting organisations
  • developing equipment and investigating its effectiveness
  • preparing marketing or development plans for sporting organisations
  • conducting sports events for organisations, including national and international conferences
  • preparing media releases and information kits. 

The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sporting industry. If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person looking to study this course, please contact Rachel Harrigan, Faculty of Health General Manager, (02) 6201 2608.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email

Admission Requirements

A completed bachelor degree in a science discipline*.

* Science disciplines include biology, chemistry, medical science or biomedical science.

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places.

Assumed Knowledge

In addition to the normal University's requirements for admission to a graduate certificate course, it would be advantageous for applicants to have completed some tertiary studies in systemic anatomy and physiology.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Certificate in Human Movement Science GradCert HumanMovementSc

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses.The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation


Special Class Delivery Details

Students have the opportunity to accelerate or spread their study through enrolment in units offered in the University's Winter Term.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
1. To provide the necessary knowledge and understanding required by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and AAESS (Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Sciences) for entry into Master of Physiotherapy and Master of Exercise Science programmes. Effective Workplace skills Social Responsibilities Life Long Skills Personable Attributes
2. To provide the underpinning intellectual and practical transferable skills to allow students to further their education or pursue a career in the health, exercise and sport environment. Communication Information, Literacy and Numeracy Information Communication and Technology Working with others Ethics Problem Solving

Course Duration

Standard one semester full-time or equivalent. Maximum four semesters.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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