University of South Australia

Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology

Interested in Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology?

Take your place at a university ranked 35 in the World for sport science.1

Inspire a healthy and more active society with industry-relevant studies taught by Australia’s leading exercise scientists, high-performance coaches and physical activity specialists. Employment prospects for graduates are promising, with the health, wellbeing and nutrition industries growing and expanding rapidly. 

Offering South Australia’s first fully accredited Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), you can train to become an expert in the impact of physical activity on the biological, psychological and social parameters of human life. 

In our Bachelor of Human Movement you can study the functioning of a healthy human body and the impact it has on a person’s holistic wellbeing. You’ll graduate industry-ready when you complete more than 75 hours of practical workplace experience.

UniSA is also home to the only fully accredited Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours), which will qualify you as an accredited Exercise Physiologist in four years. You’ll provide services in our on-campus High Performance Sport Centre embark on more than 600 clinical placement hours across a range of SA’s best clinical exercise facilities.

*NEW IN 2023*
You will soon have the opportunity to study a unique and competitive double degree, the Bachelor of Human Movement, Bachelor of Business (Sport and Recreation Management). Become a professional leader in human movement with the business acumen to manage sport programs, sporting organisations, competitions and events.

1UniSA is ranked #35, 2021 Shanghai Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments. 2Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers1 and student satisfaction in Health.2
  • Learn from a university producing well above world-class research in clinical exercise physiology, human movement and sports science.3
  • Be trained by experts and world-class researchers, including some of Australia’s leading exercise scientists with a curriculum ranked in the top 100 worldwide.4
  • Benefit from our strong links with elite physical activity and sporting organisations, such as the Adelaide Football Club and Basketball SA.
  • 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.
  • Choose to study a double degree and combine your interests with Nutrition and Food Sciences or Psychology (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills).

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Health Services and Support — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 2ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20, Health Services and Support — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 42022 QS Subject Rankings, Sport-Related Subjects

Why UniSA?

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, 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.

Our enterprising spirit has made UniSA a renowned centre of innovation in the sectors driving Australia's future forward, including health. This is your chance to help people lead healthier lives through the power of exercise and movement.

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'll have access to our High Performance Sport Centre, exercise physiology clinics, Environmental Chamber, biomechanics laboratory, UniSA Sport gyms and anatomy laboratories. We’ve also teamed up with a number of high performance coaches and elite sporting organisations, including the Adelaide Football Club, Adelaide United and Basketball SA.

Ranked in the World Top 100 for exercise and sport science2, UniSA’s links to industry mean you’ll graduate career-ready, and get the best foundations for a healthy career.

1UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50. 22022 QS Subject Rankings, Sport-Related Subjects.

UniSA offers the following 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:

AFL great

AFL great

Girls across Australia are looking at their TV screens inspired by the rise of women’s football and the AFL’s trailblazing female umpire, Eleni Glouftsis.

Growing up with a passion for the game, this UniSA human movement grad and UNSTOPPABLE force made history at 25 by becoming the league’s first woman to officiate as a field umpire, paving the way for the next generation of young girls with big ambitions.

Start your unstoppable career in Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology

  • Eleni Glouftsis

    Eleni Glouftsis
    AFL Umpire & Physical Education Teacher
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement),
    Bachelor of Education (Middle and Secondary)

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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

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

  • Exercise Scientist: use a combination of biomechanics, physiology, and psychology to help assess people's  fitness, sporting performance and general health.
  • Exercise Physiologist: qualified in clinical exercise prescription and the delivery of exercise-based lifestyle 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 / Sports Coach: prepare athletes for high performance, enabling them the greatest advantage in competition.
  • Performance Analyst: analyse performance data to provide individual and team statistics relating to key performance indicators.
  • Human Movement Practitioner: engage a broad population of people and groups throughout the lifespan to be more physically active using a broad range of modalities for health, fitness and wellbeing.
Your Career

Global networks

As a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships which 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


Healthcare and social assistance is Australia's largest and fastest-growing industry, employing more than 1.6 million workers with projected growth of 15% by 2024.

ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); Industry Employment Projections


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

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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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

The hands-on approach that lots of the courses have has been brilliant. Not everyone can learn from a book, so having the constant opportunity to get real-world experience and apply what we’ve been learning has been fantastic.   

Lachlan Darch

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science


Lachlan Darch

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

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:


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.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

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