UQ's Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) degree is the only four-year undergraduate clinical exercise physiology program in Australia that lets you graduate with a highly respected honours qualification.

  • Prepare yourself for an exciting career as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, using exercise to prevent and manage a range of health conditions and injuries.
  • Work with clients with specific clinical conditions in each of our five on-campus clinics that are purposely designed to enhance student learning and client outcomes.
  • Learn how to deliver exercise-based lifestyle and behavioural programs for those with, or at risk of developing, chronic or complex medical conditions such as musculoskeletal issues, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression.
  • Complete more than 550 hours of clinical professional practice in our on-campus clinics and external industry placements. Sessional practical experiences commence in Year 2 before moving on to block placements in Years 3 and 4.

Become and expert in providing advanced health and physical activity education, advice and support to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • Accreditation

    Professional recognition

    Gain accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Accredited Exercise Scientist.

  • Fast Facts

    Renowned reputation

    UQ's School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is ranked in the world's top five for sport and exercise science by three major international rankings (QS World rankings 2017, Shanghai World Rankings 2016 and CEO Magazine 2016).

  • Teaching spaces

    Excellent facilities

    Learn in excellent exercise science and physiology facilities including specialised biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology, and strength and conditioning laboratories.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the leaders

    Study a degree where our staff and graduates have received numerous ESSA national awards, including Accredited Exercise Physiologist of the Year, Graduate of the Year, Exercise Physiology Practice of the Year, and ESSA President's Award.

  • Alumni
    "My clinical placements were definitely a highlight during my degree. Taking the knowledge I learnt over my first three years and putting it into practice at some of the best exercise physiology practices in Queensland was extraordinary. I was exposed to a wide variety of clinical conditions and clients, which gave me invaluable learning experiences." Natalie Vear, BESS (Clinical Exercise Physiology) (Hons) graduate (2016)
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Career outcomes

AEPs have skills that can be applied to a variety of clinical and exercise science professions. Many graduates are employed within:

  • Private or multidisciplinary clinics
  • Hospitals and clinical services
  • Home health services
  • Workplace health and rehabilitation
  • Research centres
  • Community health and fitness centres.

Graduates can also work as Accredited Exercise Scientists (AES). Exercise science is concerned with the understanding and enhancement of human movement; this includes how the human body reacts to acute and chronic physical activity pursuits such as general fitness regimens, recreational activities and elite sports. Many AESs are employed in areas such as exercise rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, health and wellness promotion, or research.


  • Program code
  • 729801
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Year 12 or equivalent English and one of Biological Science, Chemistry or Physics

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake more than 550 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals, a variety of health care organisations and fitness facilities (including sporting teams). During your placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life setting.

From year two, a variety of sessional practical experiences are undertaken before commencing block placements in years three and four.

Please note, some placement providers require students to provide a criminal history check and the students allocated to these placement providers will be required to supply this.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

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