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 specialisation.
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.
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Graduates have rewarding careers in a number of clinical workplace environments.
These may include public and private hospitals, private practice, aged care facilities, mental health clinics, corporate health, community exercise and physical activity programs, and workplace health and rehabilitation.
Accreditation / Professional Recogntion
Graduates are eligible to become Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Accredited Exercise Scientists registered with the national accreditation body, Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).