If you’re passionate about helping people improve their physical and mental health, a degree in exercise physiology will set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
This allied health profession uses physical activity to manage and prevent chronic disease and injury. Exercise prescriptions are used to manage a wide range of cancers and paediatric, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, metabolic, renal, respiratory/pulmonary, neurologic and mental health conditions. Physical activity is also essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which can prevent the onset of many common illnesses.
The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology provides a comprehensive education in exercise and health science, hands-on training and built-in clinical placements. Our fully accredited bachelor’s degree will prepare you for a career as a clinical accredited exercise physiologist, accredited exercise scientist, workplace rehabilitation consultant, wellness coordinator, clinical research assistant or as a strength and conditioning coach.
IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90
The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology offers a comprehensive education in the benefits of exercise and physical activity for health and the treatment of chronic disease and injuries – from foundational courses in chemistry and molecular biology, to anatomy, physiology and pathology. Through your study, you’ll gain an integrated understanding of human function in health and disease and explore how this is influenced by physical exercise. You’ll gain hands-on clinical training from the first year of your degree to build your confidence as a health professional.
Full program structure
The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology is completed over four years of full-time study. The program is made up of 32 courses total, including 29 core courses, two general education courses and one elective course.
Stage One provides foundation science courses and an introduction to the profession.
Molecules, Cells and Genes
Chemistry for Exercise Physiology
Introductory Exercise Science
Exercise Programs and Behaviour
Statistics for Life and Social Sciences
General Education Course
Stage Two provides a comprehensive foundation in biomedical sciences plus exercise science courses.
Functional Anatomy for Health and Exercise Science
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Movement Assessment and Instruction
Processes in Disease for Health and Exercise Science
Human Physiology A
Human Physiology B
Stage Three provides greater depth in medical science courses and profession-specific clinical courses.
Advanced Exercise Science
Physical Activity and Health
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Muscle and Motor Control
Clinical Pharmacology for Health and Exercise Science
In Stage Four of your degree, you’ll undertake advanced clinical exercise physiology specialisations tailored to your preferred career and have the opportunity to complete research internships with experts in the field. Placements in your fourth year are completed within the university’s Lifestyle Clinic and Clinical Schools, as well as hospitals and private practices.
Stage Four courses consolidate your clinical skills and knowledge and skills for independent learning.
Clinical Practicum A + Clinical Practicum B
Exercise Physiology Research Seminars
Research Project or Research Internship A
Exercise Prescription in Diverse Populations
Workplace Assessment and Rehabilitation
Elective Course: Elective courses include cardiopulmonary conditions, metabolic conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, neuromuscular conditions, nutrition, mental health and rehabilitation biomechanics.
General Education Course
Direct entry requirement
All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)
Indian School Certificate (CISCE)
India State Board
Great Britain General Certificate of Education (GCE A levels)
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (after 2016)
Applicants will be assessed on a combination of higher school academic results, portfolio submission and an interview.
You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.
If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:
English language tests and university English courses
Prior study in the medium of English
UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level.
IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
TOEFL 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
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The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology opens up a range of career opportunities. This degree will prepare you for a career as a clinical accredited exercise physiologist, workplace rehabilitation consultant, wellness coordinator, clinical research assistant or as a strength and conditioning coach.
Our graduates enjoy diverse and rewarding careers as health professionals in many clinical settings, including:
public and private hospitals
mental health clinics
community exercise and physical activity programs
workplace health and rehabilitation.