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.

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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.


  • Exercise Physiology

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Career opportunities

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

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).

Assumed Knowledge

Chemistry; Mathematics

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank


2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


Assumed knowledge includes HSC Chemistry and Mathematics. HSC Biology, Physics, and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) also provide an excellent basis for entry into the UNSW Exercise Physiology program.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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