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Master of  Clinical Exercise Physiology

Program code: 5518
CRICOS code: 061814A


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

Build on your previous studies in preventing and managing medical conditions with exercise and qualify as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

  • This 18-month program will help you develop an in-depth understanding of key pathologies, including metabolic, cardiovascular, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, and how they can be managed through exercise.
  • Focus on exercise prescription, programming and research by completing intensive study and hands-on clinical training, and learn about working with people who are healthy or those who have disabilities or complex and chronic medical conditions.
  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities including exercise science laboratories (including strength and conditioning labs, motor control labs, and exercise physiology labs), general teaching laboratories (including a biomechanics teaching lab), and more.
  • Be confident and job-ready after spending 600 hours on supervised clinical placements within our five specialised on-campus clinics, as well as external industry placements in a range of healthcare organisations around Queensland.

Learn from leaders in the field and graduate with a respected qualification that's in high demand around the globe.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    UQ has been educating students of human movement since 1941 and is one of Australia's leading centres for teaching and research. In the 2015 ERA Outcomes, our School’s research performance in the field of human movement science received the highest possible ranking.

  • Fast Facts

    Renowned reputation

    Human Movement and Sport Sciences at UQ ranked 1st in Australia and 2nd in the world according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in UQ's vibrant sporting culture

    UQ is home to Olympic-standard recreational and sporting facilities, including an aquatic centre, an athletics centre, a fitness centre, and tennis courts. UQ Sport also organises a range of different sports and activities from AFL and canoeing to triathlon and yoga.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Tehanee shares her experience on placement at Mates4Mates

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology are eligible for accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) to practice as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

AEPs are recognised allied health professionals who can provide exercise science services covered by Medicare, WorkCover and Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Opportunities exist in a range of clinical areas including:

  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • diabetes management
  • chronic and complex disease management
  • return-to-work programs
  • health promotion and disease prevention.

Graduates typically work in private or multidisciplinary clinics, hospitals or clinical services, home health services, rehabilitation clinics, health and fitness centres, or research centres.

Other graduates use the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the leaders

    Study a program 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.

  • Employability

    Industry accreditation

    Exercise Physiologists who are accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) are the only practitioners who can provide services covered by Medicare, NDIS, WorkCover and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


An approved degree in Exercise and Sport Science (or equivalent) and be recognised as an exercise scientist by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA); or have been assessed by ESSA as being deficient only in exercise science subject areas covered by the MClinExP program.

Entry is competitive based on GPA.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

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 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology 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 entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. 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.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake approximately 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of health care organisations. 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 settings.

Clinical placements begin in the second semester of the program. During the third and final semester you will undertake your final two major clinical placements.

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

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.

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 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is accredited by:

  • Exercise & Sports Science Australia

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 $40,640
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology 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)


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

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All international student applications for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is 5518. You'll need this when applying.

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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 postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - October 31 of the previous year.

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

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