Bachelor of Exercise Science / Master of Exercise Physiology

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This degree gives you a postgraduate qualification that combines the study of human movement with an understanding of how exercise is used for rehabilitation, disease management and injury prevention. You'll gain hands-on experience through at least 500 hours of clinical placement. From an exercise science perspective, you'll investigate motor control, exercise physiology, biomechanics and anatomy. You'll gain an understanding of how to modify health behaviours in the community and how exercise programs can be used to optimise performance. You'll learn how to work with groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities and athletes undergoing rehabilitation. You'll explore how exercise is used to promote health and well-being, including the preventative and rehabilitative benefits of exercise for those with chronic illnesses or serious injuries. Clinical placements will teach you to develop and implement exercise, lifestyle and behavioural programs for people of all ages. This gives you with the clinical skills and confidence to make a genuine difference to the quality of people's lives. The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.


In first year, students undertake six common subjects with students from other health sciences courses, focusing on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health, and develop an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. The second and third years provide core subjects in biological, mechanical, sociological and behavioural bases of exercise and sport science. In the final year, students develop strong clinical and professional skills to use exercise to improve health and rehabilitate individuals after injury or disease.


  • Health Sciences
  • Human Movement
  • Human Physiology and Anatomy.

Standard entry requirements

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
  • And a study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


The Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology is accredited at the levels of exercise science and exercise physiology by Exercise and Sports Science, Australia (ESSA). Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology may apply for membership with ESSA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Bendigo International: $158,400
  • ATAR: 71
No No information available

Further information

This course has a clinical component. Students can study this course through La Trobe's Regional Reward. This course has limited opportunities for entry with advanced standing. Applicants may apply for entry including previous tertiary study, but offers may not include advanced standing for all previous subjects.

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