Graduate Diploma of Clinical Exercise Physiology

School of Health Sciences, Fremantle Campus

Researchers are united in their belief that a lack of physical activity is one of the biggest factors contributing to poor health of many Australians. Exercise and lifestyle behaviour modifications play a crucial role in preventing, rehabilitating and managing chronic diseases and injuries. But studies have shown that almost 70 percent of Australians are not getting enough exercise. With this training you can help combat our nation’s expanding waistline.

  • Why study this degree?

    Researchers have identified that physical inactivity is a critical risk factor contributing to ill health in Australia and that exercise and lifestyle behaviour modification play an important role in preventing, rehabilitating and managing both chronic diseases and injuries

    The Graduate Diploma of Clinical Exercise Physiology produces highly trained Accredited Exercise Physiologists to become part of the allied health team supplying exercise services. These services may be in the clinical setting, workplace or sporting environment for people with chronic health conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, insulin intolerance, diabetes, long-term sports injuries, osteoporosis and joint disorders.

  • Program summary

    Semester 1

    • Advanced Research Methods, Statistics and Ethics in Health Science
    • Cardio Respiratory Exercise Rehabilitation and Training
    • Musculoskeletal Exercise Rehabilitation and Training
    • Clinical Exercise Physiology Industry Practicum (360 hours total for the year)

    Semester 2

    • Advanced Motor Control and Learning
    • Advanced Exercise Biomechanics, Gait Analysis and Ergonomics
    • Exercise and Lifestyle Counselling
    • Ethical Issues in Professional Life
    • Clinical Exercise Physiology Industry Practicum

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Eligible applicants will have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in exercise and sports science or human movement that meets the accreditation requirements specified by Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA) (NUCAP course).  Prospective students who have completed a non-NUCAP (Non-ESSA accredited) degree of exercise and sport science or who graduated more than two years previous from either a NUCAP or non-NUCAP program must attain a graduate entry assessment through ESSA prior to admission into the program. Additionally, international students or prospective students who have completed a degree related to the exercise and sport science field and are applying to undertake postgraduate university studies in the field of clinical exercise physiology must also attain a graduate entry assessment through ESSA prior to admission into the course. Find out more at

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • More information

    For more information on the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Exercise Physiology, please call our Prospective Student Officers on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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