Study Human Movement, Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology at UniSA

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

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Reach your peak performance and unlock 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 with organisations like the Adelaide Football Club. 

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, occupational therapy, 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

2023 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

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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.

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One of the world's

top young universities

Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.

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#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)

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#1 young university

in Australia for industry collaborations

2023 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 500+ 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, occupational therapy, 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.

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Hear from UniSA’S unstoppable graduates

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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)

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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

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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

Organisation: Cabra Dominican College

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Kara Smallman

Bachelor of Human Movement
Cabra Dominican College

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

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Lachlan Darch

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

My degree has given me experience in cybersecurity, networking, management, and expanded my programming knowledge. I already work in a part-time job as a junior developer, creating interfaces and applying the skills I’ve learnt during my studies.

Monique Baker

Bachelor of Information Technology

Organisation: GTSgroup

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Monique Baker

Bachelor of Information Technology
GTSgroup

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.

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Application and admission

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    The way you apply for UniSA will depend on the undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree you're interested in studying.

    The majority of applications are made via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). Check out more information on the SATAC website and follow the appropriate process for your degree of interest.

    There are a small number of degrees that you need to apply for through the other processes, either direct to the Academic Unit or through the Apply Online portal. The process you need to follow will be listed on the 'How to Apply' section of the degree homepage, but you'll also be taken to where you need to go if you hit the 'apply' button.

    If you are interested in studying one of our 100% online degrees you'll need to apply directly to UniSA Online.

    You can find more information about the application processes for UniSA on our How to Apply webpage.

    If you're more interested in applying for a postgraduate degree by research, check out and follow the information in our step by step guide to applying

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    Applications for all degrees will close ahead of study commencing, but the timelines may vary for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

    Undergraduate

    The deadline to apply to study a degree at UniSA for semester one (commencing late February) and be guaranteed equal consideration is generally in very late November or early December. While you may be able to apply after this date, you are not guaranteed to be considered equally with other applicants and your application may not be assessed in time for the main round of offers. More competitive degrees may not make any offers after the main offer round. Find more information on the Key Dates section of the SATAC website, but you can also call the Future Student Enquiries team for more information on 08 8302 376.

    Postgraduate

    Many postgraduate by coursework degrees do not have set closing dates. The exceptions are highly competitive degrees, so it is best to check – either on the degree homepage on the SATAC website or by checking with our Future Student Enquiries team.

    As most postgraduate applications are assessed as they are submitted and offers are continuous, there are no set closing dates for applications. Degrees can be filled and closed with little notice so it is best to apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on a place. For more information, please contact our Future Student Enquires team on (08) 8302 2376 or submit an enquiry.

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    You may be eligible for credit or advanced standing for your chosen UniSA degree based on your previous studies, if they are in a related area and completed within a certain timeframe. Receiving credit or RPL will reduce the number of courses you undertake within the degree, and may also reduce the overall duration of your degree. You can read more about our pre-existing credit agreements through our online Credit Assessor. If you have related industry experience, you may also be eligible to receive recognised prior learning (RPL) for this experience. Credit and RPL is assessed by the Program Director once you've received an offer, and you apply through UniSA's current student experts, Campus Central. 

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    Future Student Enquiries welcomes the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your study options at UniSA. We can discuss degree information, entry requirements and pathways, applications, general career outcomes and student life, so you have the information to make the best study decision for your future. Head to our Book an Appointment webpage to find a date and time to speak with us, and take your next steps on journey to university study.

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