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Bachelor of  Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)

Program code: 2413
QTAC code: 729801
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


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.
  • Graduate with an honours qualification that also allows you to continue your passion for learning in further postgraduate studies both in Australia and internationally.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

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.

  • 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.

  • Beyond the classroom

    On placement at Mates 4 Mates

  • 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)
  • 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.


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

Admissions criteria


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

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) in 2019:

4 94 36

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median3 / 96 3 / 96
Lowest5 / 92 4 / 94

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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study55 58.51%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
36 38.3%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International students<5 <5
Total94 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.


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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $8,980
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) 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 over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and 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.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) is 729801. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

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.

This program may be completed part-time, however, semesters that include a placement must be studied fill-time.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

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".

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

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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