Clinical exercise physiology


Chronic health problems such as cancer or mental health issues are known to respond positively to exercise. Study clinical exercise physiology and develop the knowledge and expertise to prevent and treat many medical conditions, injuries and disabilities.

Get work-ready

Develop the expertise to monitor and interpret physiological responses during exercise, and gain job-ready skills with hands-on, practical experience using a range of laboratory techniques. The knowledge and skills gained in this area of study are relevant for further postgraduate study such as honours and higher degree by research programs, Deakin's Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology and other clinical career pathways.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Study with the best

Study with the best

Our Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is the first course in Victoria to have achieved Accredited Exercise Physiologists status with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). The course itself and a number of our graduates have also since received multiple ESSA awards.

World-class sport facilities

World-class sport facilities

Students have access to our multi-million dollar Specialised Indoor Exercise and Sport Science Teaching Building, which features four levels of state-of-the-art teaching labs and extensive equipment to support your training and help you gain a better understanding of sport science.

Career opportunities

They say that sitting at a desk for eight hours a day is the new smoking. With startling new revelations like this, there’s a reason why clinical exercise physiology is in more demand than ever before. As a clinical exercise physiology graduate, you could be employed in the fields of:

  • allied health in a public or private hospital setting
  • community health
  • occupational rehabilitation
  • private clinic opportunities
  • sport.

Looking back at my time at Deakin, the one thing that I won’t forget is the love to learn and to become more knowledgeable about anything that might interest you.

Madeleine Hogan

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/paralympian

Leading the way in sports research

You’ll have opportunities to benefit from and participate in the latest research. You’ll also have access to professional networks and contacts in industry and the sports sector. You could also develop an in-depth knowledge of your particular area of interest in an honours year.

We're proud to work with a diverse group of Australian and international research partners. Some of these include:

  • BakerIDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Eastern Health
  • Epworth Health
  • Austin Health.

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