What will I learn?

Exercise Physiologists play a vital role in the prevention and management of chronic disease and injury. This degree offers a comprehensive education in health and exercise, with a focus on the use of physical activity as both preventative treatment and rehabilitative therapy.

Foundation science courses are a focus in the early stages of the degree and include chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, statistics and psychology. Building on this knowledge base, you will study anatomy, physiology and pathology, alongside the exercise science sub-disciplines of biomechanics, motor control and exercise psychology. The objective is to gain an integrated understanding of human function in health and disease, and how this is influenced by physical exercise.

Elective courses allow students to pursue their areas of interest and career specialization. These include cardiopulmonary conditions, metabolic conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, neuromuscular conditions, nutrition, mental health and rehabilitation biomechanics.

Why choose this degree?

UNSW offers one of the only Exercise Physiology degrees within Australia delivered by a Medicine Faculty. Students are taught by expert clinical academics and have access to top-quality teaching hospitals and clinical facilities. A unique feature is that from as early as first year, students gain clinical experience through participation in classes in the UNSW Lifestyle Clinic.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree would appeal to students with a strong interest in physical activity and health, and a particular focus on developing an understanding of the role of exercise as a preventative and therapeutic modality for chronic clinical conditions. Ideally, they will have an interest in science and the scientific method as a basis for the implementation of evidence-based clinical practice.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have rewarding careers in a number of clinical workplace environments.

Accreditation / Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible to become Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Accredited Exercise Scientists registered with the national accreditation body, Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Assumed Knowledge

Chemistry; Mathematics

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$48,030.00 (US$ 32,963) per year
AUD $205,930 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

15 February 2021


University of New South Wales - UNSW

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,


New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have a high school qualification, UNSW Foundation Studies, UNSW Diploma, recognized prior study or university transfer. English Language requirements: IELTS Academic version only: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT): 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); UNSW Institute of Languages University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest).

For international students

Applicants should have a high school qualifications, UNSW Foundation Studies, UNSW Diploma, recognised prior study or university transfer.

English Language requirements:

IELTS Academic version only: 7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT): 589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

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