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4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

414441 (Internal)

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Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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Degree overview

  • Use the power of exercise to help manage and improve health outcomes for people with chronic conditions, disability and injuries.
  • Become qualified as an accredited exercise physiologist in just four years, studying South Australia’s first exercise physiology degree fully accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).
  • Get hands-on training in our on-campus High Performance Sport Centre, exercise physiology clinics, biomechanics and anatomy laboratories.
  • Engage with more than 500 placement hours at some of the state's best clinical exercise facilities through UniSA's strong industry networks.
  • Take your place at a university ranked in the World Top 50 for sports science.1
  • Study a curriculum informed by well above world-class research in clinical exercise physiology.2
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,3 we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1Ranked #35, 2021 Shanghai Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments. 2Results in Human Movement and Sports Science - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.


Exercise Physiologist

Use your interest in exercise to help manage chronic conditions, disabilities and injuries, and improve peoples’ quality of life.

Studying the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours), you will be eligible to qualify as an accredited exercise physiologist in just four years. Studying a curriculum with key human movement subjects alongside specialised training areas, you’ll become an expert in the human body and how it can be harnessed through the power of exercise and a continuity of care. You'll put your theoretical learning into practice with real-world experience through industry placements across at some of South Australia's best clinical exercise facilities.

Playing a key role in interprofessional health teams, you'll also be exposed to research and learning opportunities in collaboration with other allied health students, including physiotherapy and podiatry, in our on-campus exercise physiology clinics.

Further study opportunities may include a Master of Research (Health Sciences) or a Master of Health Services Management.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in UniSA’s clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements.

Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Through a variety of theoretical classes, practical experiences and clinical placements, you'll develop an understanding of how exercise management is used to prevent disease onset and to treat a range of diverse health conditions. These include cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as cancer and mental health. 

You'll study courses across key topics, such as:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • biomechanics
  • motor learning and control
  • exercise and sport psychology
  • exercise programming and nutrition

You'll also complete specialised training in areas such as:

  • pathophysiology
  • clinical exercise assessment, prescription and delivery
  • occupational rehabilitation
  • lifestyle modification strategies such as behavioural change and motivational interviewing

A major part of your studies in third and fourth year see you complete an honour’s level professional project. Honour’s projects involve investigating industry-based research questions whereby students work alongside industry to solve real-world issues to advance professional practice.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Physiology Essentials 100 BIOL 1051 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Aboriginal Health: Culture, Community and Country HLTH 1063 4.5
Physical Activity and Health HLTH 1044 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Motor Development and Ageing HLTH 1065 4.5
Functional Anatomy HLTH 1045 4.5
Societal Issues in Clinical Exercise Physiology HLTH 2029 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Motor Control and Learning HLTH 2026 4.5
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Exercise Prescription and Delivery 1 HLTH 2027 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Exercise Physiology 2 HLTH 2005 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5
Exercise Prescription and Delivery 2 HLTH 3011 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Practice Education in Exercise Delivery HLTH 3047 4.5
Pain Mechanisms and Management REHB 3066 4.5
Applied Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) HLTH 3071 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Rule(s): 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Exercise Assessment and Reasoning HLTH 3056 4.5
Clinical Basis of Chronic Disease Management HLTH 4010 4.5
Clinical Studies for Exercise Physiology HLTH 4015 4.5
Elective 2 Rule(s): 9
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Exercise Rehabilitation HLTH 4016 4.5 Note(s): 5
Clinical Exercise Physiology HLTH 4011 9
Health Science Honours Project REHB 4052 9
Health Science Honours Thesis REHB 4012 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical Exercise Physiology Practicum 1 HLTH 4012 4.5
Clinical Exercise Physiology Practicum 2 HLTH 4013 4.5
Clinical Exercise Physiology Practicum 3 HLTH 4014 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • practical tests
  • theory tests
  • quizzes
  • group assignments
  • research proposals
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


Over the third and fourth years of your degree, you will complete an honour’s level individual professional project in partnership with an academic researcher or industry professional.

Previous honour’s projects have included:

  • working with the oncology department at the Flinders Medical Centre to develop a clinical framework for patients to access specialist exercise services
  • evaluating participant perspectives of the first SA-based wheelchair football league
  • using 2D motion analysis equipment to evaluate the benefit of underwater therapy on improving joint range of motion
  • developing an online behaviour change program to help people on a waitlist for weight-loss surgery to establish healthy diet and exercise habits
  • investigating prehabilitation options for patients waiting for hip and knee replacement surgery
  • reviewing evidence for isometric exercise in managing hypertension
  • evaluating the use of a new online lifestyle monitoring system developed by a local exercise physiology business
  • developing a new type of exercise program for cardiac rehabilitation at a local medical centre
  • looking at the challenges and opportunities in workplace fitness programs as part of supported work environments for people living with intellectual disabilities
  • investigating blood flow restricted training as an alternative exercise mode for people with respiratory disease

Why Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)

Helping Hand Aged Care

This specialist degree equips you with the educational requirements to practice as an accredited exercise physiologist in Australia. Graduating with an honour’s degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study.

Engage with hands-on learning on-campus in our dedicated learning spaces. You'll gain practical skills in our exercise physiology clinics, working in collaboration with a range of other allied health students, to provide services to real clients. You'll provide support and laboratory monitoring for people with chronic conditions and exercise therapies for rehabilitation, providing you with valuable learning opportunities to prepare for your career.

Conduct various tests using specialised equipment such as metabolic carts, electrocardiograms, dynamometers and ergometers in our exercise physiology laboratories, exercise physiology clinics and exercise testing learning spaces. The biomechanics laboratory space offers the opportunity for you to use 2D and 3D motion capture to understand how people move. Our UniSA Sport gyms aren't just a place for you to work out – they act as an integrated teaching and resource facility where you can undertake physical activity measurement research.

Throughout your degree, you’ll study a curriculum informed by well above world-class research in clinical exercise physiology.1 UniSA is also home to a number of research centres and groups at the forefront of health research, including the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA).

1Results in Human Movement and Sports Science - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

You'll benefit from UniSA’s strong industry links when you complete clinical placements across a range of South Australia's best clinical exercise facilities in metro and rural locations. You could complete your placements at places like Adelaide Exercise Physiology, Minda, Novita or Determined2; Adelaide-based hospitals; or at multidisciplinary clinics like iNform Health and Fitness Solutions or NeuroMoves. You may also work with serving and veteran service personnel and first responders in the Invictus Pathways Program, further enhancing your industry networks and relationships.

Through your degree, you’ll complete more than 500 hours of clinical placements, which is an opportunity to develop your industry relationships. Final year students organize and host an annual industry conference which facilitates networking opportunities for all clinical exercise physiology students. The conference features a keynote presentation, opportunities to meet practicing exercise physiologists, and presentation of honour’s projects.

We also host regular University-wide alumni events, employee master classes and employment expos in Australia and overseas.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Careers Snapshot

Hear from UniSA graduate Georgia Perkins and her rewarding career as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at aged care facility, Helping Hand. With UniSA’s strong ties to industry partners such as Helping Hand, our students graduate career-ready.

UniSA Video

Career outcomes

Your career

As recognised allied health professionals, accredited exercise physiologists are qualified in clinical exercise prescription and the delivery of exercise-based lifestyle and behaviour modification programs to prevent and treat injury and disease. You can work individually, under supervision of a physician, or as part of an interdisciplinary team in clinical, community, or public health settings.

Exercise physiologists have a strong interest in the science of exercise and physical activity. You'll be interested in treating and managing injuries and illnesses with exercise. Strong communication skills, including the ability to interact with people of all ages and backgrounds as well as other health professionals, are essential.

As an exercise physiologist, you may work in a variety of settings in metropolitan, regional and rural locations, including:

  • hospitals
  • general practices
  • private clinics
  • health and fitness facilities
  • workplace and population health services
  • exercise, sports and biomedical science research

This degree could also lead you to work in areas such as workplace health and wellness, aged care, primary care and high performance.

Where can my interest in health take me?

View our guide on Active Careers for more information. 

Professional accreditation and recognition

The program is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia for graduates to be eligible to apply to be recognised as Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Accredited Exercise Scientists.

Industry facts


Employment for nutrition professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 7.2% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


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

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • You will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Preferred Pathways

Option 1:
Direct Entry
Option 2:
Undergraduate Pathway
Apply for your preferred degree directly via SATAC
Choose one of the following degrees and complete at least 18 units of study (four courses) and then apply for your preferred degree via SATAC at the next available intake using your competitive Grade Point Average (GPA).
Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
Bachelor of Human Movement OR
Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) OR
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Please note that all pathways are competitive and no guaranteed due to limited places. A competitive Grade Point Average (GPA) and other entry criteria (including prerequisites) apply. For more information, visit unisa.edu.au/study or contact our Future Student Enquiries Team at unisa.edu.au/enquire or on (08) 8302 2376.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree: 


There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree: 


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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As a clinical exercise physiology student you'll have access to:

From 2025, students in our Human Movement, Exercise and Sport Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology programs will benefit from an integrated practical learning experience with the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI). You can study alongside elite athletes and leading industry experts, and learn how to use the latest equipment and sport science technology in new, purpose-built facilities.

You’ll also have access to a range of interesting on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms and relaxed student lounges.

Your program director

I am an accredited Clinical Exercise Physiologist with experience working in a community based and university health practices – I have a passion for exercise physiology and how this can positively influence human function and health.

Dr Danielle Girard

Program Director

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Dr Danielle Girard

Program Director


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What others are saying

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

I always had an interest in health and exercise so this degree was perfect for me. I get to improve the health of others through exercise whilst sharing my passion with them – it’s very rewarding.

Georgia Perkins

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Accredited Exercise Physiologist | Helping Hand


Georgia Perkins

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Accredited Exercise Physiologist | Helping Hand

I chose to study a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology because my family is affected by obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. As a Muay Thai Boxing champion I am aware of how important exercise is to maintaining good health. Following graduation I hope to use my knowledge to influence positive health outcomes within the community and tackle the world’s obesity crisis.

Suliana Shahrin

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

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Suliana Shahrin

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology