Bachelor of  Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)

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


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

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.

  • This four-year honours program will prepare you for an exciting career as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. You will deepen your understanding of how exercise can treat a range of health conditions and injuries.
  • Learn how to deliver exercise-based lifestyle and behavioural programs for those with, or at risk of developing, chronic and complex medical conditions such as musculoskeletal issues, diabetes, cardio vascular disease and depression.
  • Complete more than 550 hours of clinical professional practice in our on-campus specialised exercise clinics and external industry placements. This will develop your clinical skills with a range of clients under the supervision of our highly experienced educators.
  • Graduate with a qualification that will set you apart and pave the way for further postgraduate studies. This is the only four-year undergraduate clinical exercise physiology in Australia that lets you graduate with a respected honours qualification.

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.

  • Teaching spaces

    Excellent facilities

    Learn in modern, well-equipped 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.

  • Fast Facts

    Renowned reputation

    Sports related subjects at UQ is ranked first in Australia and second in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.


Career outcomes

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) have the advanced skills to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with, or at risk of developing chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities such as musculoskeletal issues, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and depression.

Graduates work alongside other health professionals 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 (AESs). AESs apply the science of exercise to develop interventions that enhance performance or general health and wellbeing of apparently healthy and recreationally active individuals, and those with low-risk of chronic health conditions or injury. Many AESs are employed in areas such as corporate and community health and fitness, sports performance, strength and conditioning, clinical exercise testing, or research.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    Complete an individual research project in your final year under the guidance of one of UQ’s leading researchers. During semester breaks, UQ’s Summer and Winter Research Programs provide further opportunity to advance your research experience, you just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Campus Facilities

    Dedicated exercise physiology clinics

    Work with clients with specific clinical conditions in each of our dedicated on-campus exercise clinics. You’ll get to apply your specialised knowledge and skills by delivering professional health services to the community under the supervision of accredited professionals.

  • Alumni
    “The most valuable experience I had whilst studying was undertaking my major clinical placements in fourth year. Clinical placements were essential for me to be able develop my technical skills and building rapport with clients to become a more confident and highly-skilled clinician. These opportunities allowed me to prescribe and deliver exercise interventions to clients with a variety of chronic diseases in a supportive and stimulating environment.” Fraser Pappin, Clinical Exercise Physiology (Hons) graduate (2018)
  • Beyond the classroom

    On placement at Mates 4 Mates


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

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


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

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BEP and OET are not accepted.

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.

Learn more about the admissions 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.

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.

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 $38,496
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) for the 2020 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.

At the end of year 1, you must obtain, and hold for the duration of the program, a current First Aid Certificate (including CPR) and Blue Card. You may also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. For more information, visit

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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