Study Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology at UniSA

Study Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology at UniSA

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Reach your peak performance and unleash an unstoppable future in human movement, sport or exercise.

In a world of increased mobility with a big focus on health and fitness, study a degree that focuses on the power of the human body. Inspire a healthy and more active society by studying human movement, sport and exercise science, or clinical exercise physiology.

Learn from some of Australia’s leading exercise scientists, high performance coaches and physical activity specialists in purpose-built facilities, including our on-campus Exercise Physiology Clinic, High Performance Sport Centre, Environmental Chamber and Health and Fitness Centre. 

Graduate career ready by completing practical projects and placements and connect with industry through our partnerships, ranging from elite and local sporting clubs to not-for-profit organisations.

Expand your knowledge and career opportunities by studying a unique double degree combining your interest with nutrition and food sciences, business or psychology. You can also advance your unstoppable career through postgraduate study options in secondary teaching, physiotherapy or research.


#1 in SA

for graduate careers in health

ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Health Services and Support – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities.

World top 100

for sport science

2024 QS Subject Rankings - Sport-Related Subjects.

#1 in SA

for human movement and sports science research

The only university in SA to have all its assessed Human Movement and Sports Science research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

UniSA offers the following degrees in Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology

Why UniSA?

UniSA is a place for unstoppable people. We educate global professionals, ready to take on the challenges of today and tomorrow. Where you go and what you do will have no limits. You’ll learn in a highly practical environment, with degrees aligned to the latest industry practices and emerging trends. Get ready to push the boundaries and be on the educational and entrepreneurial edge.


One of the world's

top young universities

Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.


#1 in SA

for graduate careers 16 years running

Graduate Destinations Survey 2007-2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-2022 (Domestic Undergraduate Full-time Employment Indicator for SA public universities)


#1 young university

in Australia for industry collaborations

2024 THE Young University Rankings – Industry Income Indicator..

Why study Human Movement, Sport, or Clinical Exercise Physiology?

  • Develop a strong career focused on the power and performance of the human body.
  • Connect with our 700+ industry partners in health and sport.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities designed for professional exercise testing and performance analysis.
  • Gain hands-on experience in our community clinics, or by completing industry placements.
  • Engage with our Invictus Pathways Program, Athlete Development Program and UniSA Sport clubs and facilities.
  • Explore a range of postgraduate study options, including secondary teaching, physiotherapy and research.

Your Career in Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology

Active careers

Make the leap into an unstoppable career enhancing human performance and shaping the wellbeing of communities. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills to work across areas like sport, fitness, rehabilitation, aged care, health services, recreation, and education.

Employment for sport and fitness professionals is expected to increase by 9.8% by 2026* and the fitness industry alone contributes billions to the Australian economy, so there’s real growth in the field as more people get motivated to improve their health.  

Did you know? Depending on your chosen degree, you can graduate with the eligibility to become an accredited exercise scientist or accredited exercise physiologist.

*Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2021.

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Global networks

We’re a globally connected and engaged university, collaborating with more than 2,500 companies worldwide. Through our enterprising spirit, we form powerful partnerships to bring our students internship, placement, project and research opportunities.

Through the UniSA Enterprise Hub, we’ve also created an online gateway and physical shopfront for industry to connect with our expert staff, researchers and students. This is also home to the Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC) – a place to accelerate your ideas and business startup.

Adelaide Crows Football Club
UniSA Invictus Pathways Program

Hear from UniSA’S unstoppable graduates

AFL great

Back And Better 

UniSA clinical exercise physiology grad, Alicia Payne, is dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries, so when she won the 2023 David Prast Achievement Award, she knew she wanted to work with some of the best – and that she did.

Established to advance excellence and innovation in her field, the national award enabled Alicia to visit some of the top paediatric spinal cord injury rehab centres in the US where she learnt how to improve the outcomes of paediatric clients with spinal cord injuries and incorporate ground-breaking research into clinical practice.

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

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  • Alicia Payne
    Exercise Physiologist at NeuroMoves (Spinal Cord Injuries Australia)
    Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)

Back to stories   Hear more from our unstoppable people

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...

Erin Coutts

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology


Erin Coutts

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

The Human Movement degree is a perfect spring board to kick-start any career in the ever-expanding health industry. I studied the linked pathway into the Master of Teaching and love working with young adolescents and seeing them active.

Kara Smallman

Bachelor of Human Movement


Kara Smallman

Bachelor of Human Movement

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

A high performance campus

City East Campus is our home for health. It’s where we deliver our wide range of allied health, human performance and clinical science programs. The campus is fitted with contemporary, industry-standard learning and research facilities, including our High Performance Sport Centre, Environmental Chamber, UniSA Sport Gym, Anatomy Lab and Biomechanics Lab. We also run an Exercise Physiology Clinic, which provides affordable services to the public while giving you valuable opportunities for practical learning.

Ask UniSA

Application and admission

  • How do I apply? minus-thick plus-thick

    There are a number of ways to apply to study UniSA's undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees.

    You can access our online International Application System through our How to Apply page. The International Application System is an easy and secure online application and acceptance process. You will have visibility of your application through the secure online portal with the ability to download offer documents, submit your acceptance and make a payment.

    Alternatively you can submit an application through one of the University's registered Education Agents.

    If you are completing an Australian year 12 qualification in Australia or overseas, or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in Australia, you must apply through SATAC

    If you are applying for the UniSA Study Abroad or Study Abroad Plus program, you can submit your application online here.

    Postgraduate study by research
    For information on applying to do postgraduate study by research, including Masters by Research, PhDs or Doctorates, please visit

  • Is there a closing date for applications? minus-thick plus-thick

    There is no closing date for submitting your application however the admissions process takes between one and three weeks from the date that we receive your application and all required supporting documentation.

    If you are completing an Australian year 12 qualification in Australia or overseas, or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in Australia, you must apply through SATAC. Key dates for applications can be found here.

  • What credit can I receive for previous studies? minus-thick plus-thick

    You may be eligible to receive credit or advanced standing for your chosen UniSA degree based on your previous studies, if they are in a related area at an equivalent or higher level. Receiving credit will reduce the number of courses you undertake within the degree, and may also reduce the overall duration of your degree.

    The amount of credit you may be eligible to receive is assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions team.

    The best way to determine your eligibility to receive credit or advanced standing is to apply using our International Application System which can be found on our How to Apply page. You will need to supply detailed syllabus documents with your application.


  • Can I speak to someone regarding my study options? minus-thick plus-thick

    UniSA welcomes the opportunity to speak with you regarding your study options. Our staff are able to talk to you about degree information, career outcomes and pathways, entry requirements, applications, and student life, so that you are able to make the best study decision for your future.

    Click here to book a 1:1 appointment with one of our enquiries team.

    We also have many events throughout the year in Australia and overseas where you can speak with UniSA representatives about your area of interest. View our calendar of events in your home country by selecting the 'International' filter.

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