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Bachelor of  Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)

Program code: 2413
QTAC code: 729801
CRICOS code: 092443M


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

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

    The 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 University Rankings 2018 by Subject, Shanghai World Rankings 2017 and CEOWORLD Magazine 2018).

  • Teaching spaces

    Excellent facilities

    Learn in excellent clinical training facilities, including specialist exercise physiology, sport sciences, biomechanics, motor control, 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.

Career outcomes

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) have the advanced skills to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Many graduates are employed within:

  • private or multidisciplinary clinics
  • hospitals and clinical services
  • home health services
  • workplace health and rehabilitation
  • research centres or universities
  • 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.

  • 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)
  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Year 12 or equivalent English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $36,496
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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