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Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology

Interested in Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology?

Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers in Health Services1.

Inspire a healthy and more active society with studies in Human Movement, Exercise and Sport Science, or Clinical Exercise Physiology. You will have opportunities to combine your studies with psychology or nutrition and food sciences, benefit from cross-industry placements, or pursue further study in teaching – the options are endless.

Learn from a University that has well-above world standard research in Human Movement and Sport Science2, and be taught by industry experts, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and current high performance coaches. You'll also benefit from our strong industry ties with elite sports teams. Our degrees can also lead to further studies in teaching. Learn more about pathways to become a secondary school teacher.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full Time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.
22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Human Movement and Sports Science.

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers in Health Services1.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world standard research in Human Movement and Sport Science2.
  • Gain real-world experience with industry placements.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities designed for exercise testing and performance analysis, such as our High Performance Sport Centre, Exercise Physiology Clinic, Environmental Chamber and Health and Fitness Centre.
  • Benefit from strong links with sporting teams.
  • Choose to study a double degree and combine your interests with Nutrition and Food Sciences or Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills).

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full Time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.
32015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

World-class teaching staff and state-of-the-art learning facilities mean these qualifications are a great choice for students interested in exercise, sport science, nutrition, health and wellbeing or physical activity.

You will have access to our High Performance Sport Centre, Exercise Physiology Clinic, Environmental Chamber, Biomechanics laboratory, UniSA Sport Gyms and Anatomy laboratories and learn direct from Australia’s leading experts and researchers. We’ve also teamed up with a number of elite and local sporting organisations, including the Port Adelaide Football Club, Adelaide United and Basketball SA, providing you with excellent networking opportunities.

UniSA offers 10 Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

As the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1, you will be well placed to pursue a career in these fields.

Careers are diverse and you could find work in the sport, fitness and rehabilitation, health, education or recreation industries. Careers to consider:

  • exercise scientist: use a combination of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and performance analysis to help assess and ultimately increase an individual’s fitness, sporting performance and general health
  • accredited exercise physiologist: deliver clinical exercise, lifestyle and behaviour modification programs to prevent and treat injury and disease
  • physical training specialist: advise clients on exercise, health, wellbeing and nutrition; develop and implement individual training plans
  • strength and conditioning coach: prepare athletes for high performance, enabling them the greatest advantage in competition
  • sports and fitness nutritionist: responsible for improving the health and optimising the performance of athletes
  • researcher: plan and conduct laboratory-based investigations, experiments and trials, and analyse results in order to broaden scientific understanding
  • community nutritionist: create changes in attitude toward nutrition and health; provide advice, guidance and support to the community
  • health promotion officer: plan and coordinate health promotion programs for various community groups

If you finish your undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or above, you may also be eligible for our one-year Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) where you can further develop your research skills and prepare for a career in research.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Port Adelaide Football Club
  • Glenelg Football Club
  • Adelaide Hockey Club
  • Goodlife Health Clubs
  • Helping Hand Aged Care
  • Westminster School

Industry facts

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Apply now to study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.

1QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator.

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What others are saying

I love working with young adolescents and I love sport/physical activity and seeing students active. The joy and energy that comes with sport is exhilarating.

Kirsty Welsh, Health and Wellness Coach

Bachelor of Human Movement

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Kirsty Welsh, Health and Wellness Coach

Bachelor of Human Movement

This degree allows me to combine my passion for teaching children with my love for sport and physical education.  

James Fox

Bachelor of Human Movement

James Fox

James Fox

Bachelor of Human Movement

I enjoyed Biology and PE in high school and chose this degree because it involved both the sports and clinical side of science. As part of my studies, I get the opportunity to run exercise classes, develop exercise programs and talk to different clients. 

Erin Coutts

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Erin Coutts

Erin Coutts

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017