Master of Exercise Physiology
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Exercise Physiology (MExPhys) is designed to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice.
Students will explore metabolism and physiology, human motor learning and control, the principles of exercise programming, nutrition and pharmacology, and musculoskeletal principles of exercise. Integrated clinical practice instruction, practicums, and case studies will provide the advanced skills and experience essential for professional practice.
Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system.
Inherent Requirements for Exercise Physiology courses
Important admission changes for 2018
Please be advised that the pre-existing knowledge required for admission to candidature for the Master of Exercise Physiology is currently under review for 2018 admission. The outcome of this review will be updated on this website as soon as possible. Please ensure you check this web page prior to commencing your application to ensure you have all the relevant and most up to date admission criteria. The admission requirements for 2017 will remain as provided below under Admissions.
You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total of 96 credit points (cp) . Across the two year course, students engage in 500-650 hours of clinical experience. Students commence by gaining experience with low risk clients (at least 140 hours) and progress to working with clients with chronic disease conditions (at least 360 hours).
Further course information
The Master of Exercise Physiology requires the completion of 96 credits points (cp) of study and a minimum of 500 hours clinical experience.
A number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities are scheduled as part of the course. Fieldwork provides hands on experience with real clients in a supervised environment allowing students to combine academic study with the practical abilities required of the exercise physiology profession.
As part of this course eligible students also have the opportunity to take part in the ‘FHS Abroad' program which involves academic study and a 4-6 week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This experience (valued at 6 credit points) enables students to gain a real understanding of global health and make a lasting difference to communities worldwide.
Course outcomes and further study
Once successfully accredited, exercise physiologists are eligible to receive a Medicare provider number to provide exercise services under Medicare. The Department of Veterans' Affairs, WorkCover and many health funds all cover the costs of treatment through an exercise physiologist.
Most exercise physiologists work in private practice, but they are also found in hospitals, community health centres, rehabilitation and aged care centres, as well as other workplaces and health promotion agencies. Exercise physiologists work closely with other health professions such as psychologists, physiotherapists, nurses and doctors.
A testimonial from one of our graduates
Health and Fitness Officer
NSW Fire Brigades
"Being able to demonstrate that a program that you have written has improved a physiological trait of an individual is my favourite part of being an exercise physiologist. In the NSW Fire Brigades this might mean increasing a fire-fighters aerobic capacity or reducing their blood pressure through an exercise and diet intervention.
A fire-fighter is required to wear approximately 25kg of protective equipment and work in a very hot and stressful environment - all of these factors place high demands on the cardiovascular system. My role is to ensure that the fire-fighters have a cardiovascular system that can handle these demands."
The Master of Exercise Physiology course is accredited at the level of exercise physiology by the National Universities Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Graduates are eligible for exercise physiology accreditation by ESSA. A condition of eligibility for exercise physiology accreditation is having exercise science accreditation from ESSA. In Australia, accredited Exercise Physiologists are eligible to provide services under Medicare, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, WorkCover and private health insurance funds.
Eligible graduates may consider an additional three years of study with us as a research candidate for the higher research degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/research_innovation/. The PhD is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in a specialised area under the supervision of an academic staff member with expertise in your field of research.
The award of the degree in the health sciences will enhance your profile as a genuine researcher and expert in your chosen field, afford opportunities as a published researcher, and may lead to an academic appointment, or to a research appointment with a government or industrial research and development organisation.
Admission criteria for 2017 intake
To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following criteria;
1. A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD from an Australian institution or equivalent.
2. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 over 7 (credit average). This does not guarantee an offer as the places are limited and offers are made based on academic merit.
3. Provide evidence that you have the assumed knowledge requirements in all 5 areas listed below:
• Human Anatomy
• Human or Exercise Physiology
• Psychology/Behavioural Science
• Research Design and Statistics
The Faculty has a list of approved degrees deemed to meet the assumed knowledge requirements listed above. If your undergraduate degree is not part of this list, you will need to complete an assumed knowledge information form and upload detailed curriculum and unit outlines as evidence of meeting the assumed knowledge requirements as part of the application process.
Admission preparation documents for 2017:
Approved degrees covering the assumed knowledge requirements.
Information form for assumed knowledge requirements.
How to apply
How to apply
Admission criteria for 2017 intake
Applications open - 1 August 2016
Applications close - 17 October 2016
1st round offers: released November 2016
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How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Applications open from mid-April and will close 1 October each year. Offers are made on a rolling basis.
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Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.