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.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR DOMESTIC STUDENTS

Students will accept and enrol online.

Round 1 offers released through UAC
(OFFERS DELAYED UNTIL 11 DECEMBER 2014)

07 January 2015 – Round 2 offers released through UAC

26 February 2015 -GEM Orientation

Course outline


Units of study overview





Study plan





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

Progression rules

The Master of Exercise Physiology requires the completion of 96 credits points (cp) of study and a minimum of 500 hours clinical experience.

Capstone 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

Graduate opportunities

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

Matt Dwyer
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."

Course accreditation

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.

Further study

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

Admission requirements

To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following criteria:
A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and/or a PhD from an Australian institution or equivalent;
A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 over 7 (approximately equivalent to credit average or better) assessed on the highest ranked tertiary qualification presented;
Extensive pre-existing knowledge in all of the following areas:

Human Anatomy
Human or Exercise Physiology
Biomechanics/Physics
Psychology/Behavioural Science
Research Design and Statistics

The Faculty of Health Sciences currently recognizes a number of undergraduate degrees as ‘feeder degrees’ from various Australian universities that meet the academic eligibility for this course. If you have graduated (or will successfully graduate) from any of these courses you are not required to submit a checklist.

If you have not graduated from any of the ‘feeder degrees’, then complete the checklist (PDF). The completed checklist should be sent to the address provided on the form.

Please refer to the relevant application close off dates applicable individually to domestic and international applicants. Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be considered and the application will be rejected.

Domestic Applicants
All domestic applications must be made through the Universities Admissions Center (UAC). All checklists and supporting documents are to be submitted to the discipline.

International Applicants
All international applicants must apply online via Sydney Student. Please refer to the GEM Offer Process page for further information including application timelines.

Refer to the list of GPA equivalence by country to make a self-assessment of your current GPA on the Faculty prescribed 0-7 scale. If your country is not listed or if you are unsure of the conversion please contact the International Office.

International students can apply at any time as a rolling application system is in place. Closing date for applications is 1 October each year. Any applications submitted after 1 October in a particular year, that application will be assessed for commencement in the following year. As a general guide, students will received advice regarding their application in 4-6 weeks.

This course does NOT permit students to defer their offer.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the Sydney Master fo Exercise Physiology are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of October. This course is not offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

International students can apply at any time as a rolling application system is in place. Closing date for applications is 1 October each year. Any applications submitted after 1 October in a particular year, that application will be assessed for commencement in the following year. As a general guide, students will received advice regarding their application in 4-6 weeks.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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 2015, 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 2014 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 students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are 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

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.