About Exercise Physiology at UNSW

UNSW Bachelor of Exercise Physiology is a four-year full-time degree delivered within the university’s Faculty of Medicine. Offering you comprehensive training in health and exercise science, you’ll focus on the use of physical activity as a preventative and rehabilitative therapy. This industry-focused degree has a strong emphasis on the medical sciences, with benefits of clinical placements and hands-on training.  

If you’re passionate about pushing yourself and those you’re training to overcome physical feats, and supporting people through rehabilitation, a degree in exercise physiology will be an exciting way for you to launch into a fulfilling career. The UNSW Bachelor of Exercise Physiology will prepare you for a career as a clinical exercise physiologist, personal trainer, wellness coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, or a clinical research assistant.      

When you study with us, you’ll gain valuable practical experience in your clinical practice with our innovative UNSW Lifestyle Clinic. Our Lifestyle Clinic brings together some of Australia’s most creative teams of healthcare professionals and researchers working to improve patient outcomes and community health.

Gain Professional Accreditation

When you graduate, you’re eligible to become a member of the national accreditation body Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and practice as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Accredited Exercise Scientist. 
UNSW Bachelor of Exercise Physiology graduates are allied health professionals, playing a vital role in the prevention and management of chronic conditions and injury. The Exercise Physiology industry continues to grow, with Medicare and most private health insurers covering services.  
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans Affairs, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), SafeWork NSW, Care NSW (iCare) and several health insurers. AEPs are included within health professional awards like other mainstream health professionals.

Your Career Opportunities as an Exercise Physiologist 

Our graduates enjoy diverse and rewarding careers as health professionals in many clinical workplaces, including: 

  • public and private hospitals 
  • private practice 
  • aged care 
  • mental health clinics 
  • community exercise and physical activity programs 
  • workplace health and rehabilitation. 

Benefits of Studying Exercise Physiology at UNSW

Students of UNSW Exercise Physiology are given the opportunity to study in state-of-the-art facilities in our recently redeveloped Wallace Wurth Building, part of a new biomedical research precinct. 

Exciting benefits of studying Exercise Physiology with us: 

  • The only Australian degree of its kind delivered within a medicine faculty 
  • Hands-on clinical training at UNSW Lifestyle Clinic
  • Real-world connections with Australia’s best hospitals and private practice 
  • Bright career prospects in a range of areas including public and private hospitals, workplace health and rehabilitation, aged care and sporting clubs 
  • A solid foundation for postgraduate education in medicine, nutrition, physiotherapy and other allied health areas.

Foundation science courses and introduction to the profession. 

Introductory Exercise Science; Chemistry; Molecules, Cells and Genes; Anatomy; Psychology; Statistics; Exercise Programs and Behaviour; General Education.

Comprehensive foundation in biomedical sciences plus exercise science courses. 

Biochemistry; Human Physiology; Exercise Physiology; Functional Anatomy; Biomechanics; Movement Assessment and Instruction; Processes in Disease. 

Greater depth in medical science courses and profession-specific clinical courses. 

Physical Activity and Health; Clinical Exercise Physiology; Pharmacology in Exercise; Muscle and Motor Control; Movement Rehabilitation; Neuromuscular Rehabilitation; Advanced Exercise Science; Exercise and Health Psychology.

Courses emphasise the consolidation of clinical skills and knowledge, and skills for independent learning. 

Major Clinical Practicum; Research Seminars; Research Project; Physical Activity in Diverse Populations; Workplace Health and Rehabilitation; Elective; General Education. 

Electives include; Nutrition; Advanced Nutrition; Human Biochemistry; Musculoskeletal Diseases; Cardiovascular Physiology; Endocrine Physiology; Healthy Planning. 

Clinical Training commences from year 1 and is primarily supported by the University’s own Lifestyle Clinic. Placements in year 4 are completed within the University’s Lifestyle Clinic and Clinical Schools in hospitals, as well as other settings and private practices. 

The UNSW Handbook entry for the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology program offers detailed information about the requirements and courses available. You can also download a copy of the program brochure.

What Our Graduates Say

“I’m working as an Exercise Physiologist, delivering exercise programs for people with spinal cord injury and a range of neurological conditions. What you learn and the skills you take away from the degree are going to be so useful for everyday life and your profession…so go for it.”

Abbey van Cappelle – works full-time with Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, a not-for-profit organisation proving a range of exercise rehabilitation services for people with neurological conditions. 


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