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.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- EXSS5029 - Exercise Metabolism and Physiology
- EXSS5048 - Exercise Throughout the Lifespan
- EXSS5050 - Human Motor Learning and Control
- EXSS5051 - Clinical Biomechanics
- EXSS5058 - Principles of Exercise Programming
- EXSS5059 - Professional Practice 1
- EXSS5060 - Advanced Exercise Programming
- EXSS5061 - Professional Practice 2
- EXSS5062 - Exercise for Musculoskeletal Conditions
- EXSS5064 - Nutrition and Pharmacology
- EXSS5065 - Clinical Exercise Science Case Studies 1
- EXSS5066 - Clinical Exercise Science Case Studies 2
- EXSS5068 - Practicum 1
- EXSS5069 - Practicum 2
- EXSS5070 - Practicum 3
- EXSS5071 - Practicum 4
Further course information
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).
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.
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.
• Have extensive pre-existing knowledge
• in all of the following areas;
• Human Anatomy
• Human or Exercise Physiology
• 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 . Completed checklist has to 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.
All domestic applications must be made through the Universities Admissions Center (UAC). All checklists and supporting documents have to be submitted to the discipline.
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.
How to apply
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.
Applications opened via UAC 6 September
Applications close via UAC 31 October
Offers made 29 November
Offer acceptances close 13 December
SECOND ROUND (if applicable dependent on demand)
Offers made 17 January 2013
Acceptances close 23 January 2013
ORIENTATION 28 February 2013
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.
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2012 your student contribution may differ.
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 2013, 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 2012 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 2013, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013, 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.