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Master of Exercise Physiology

Discover exercise physiology at the University of Sydney

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Overview

Make a real impact in healthcare and transform lives. The Master of Exercise Physiology produces graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice. Graduates are eligible for accreditation as an exercise physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity account for 70 percent of illnesses experienced by Australians, and this is expected to increase to almost 80 percent by 2020. Led by experts in exercise physiology practice and research, our program aims to change this statistic by equipping you with the knowledge and skills to assess physical and functional capacity, identify risks and design targeted, functional and sustainable exercise programs.

Throughout this two-year degree, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of exercise physiology including 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. As part of your degree you will complete over 500 hours of clinical training across both the public and private sectors, through which you will learn to apply your knowledge and work within a range of different clinical settings.

Upon successful accreditation, you will have the opportunity to work across a wide range of healthcare sectors, including cardiac rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, mental health, long-term rehabilitation following spinal cord injury, ageing, occupational rehabilitation and programs for people with an intellectual disability.

Important Information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in Exercise Physiology.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Specialisations

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

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).

Year 1

  • Exercise Metabolism and Physiology
  • Human Motor Learning and Control
  • Principles of Exercise Programming
  • Professional Practice 1 & 2
  • Exercise Throughout the Lifespan
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Advanced Exercise Programming

Year 2

  • Exercise for Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Nutrition and Pharmacology
  • Clinical Exercise Science Case Studies 1 & 2
  • Practicums 1, 2, 3 & 4

Units of Study

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.

Admission requirements

To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following new 2018 admissions criteria:

  1. An Australian bachelor's degree, master's or research degree from an Australian institution or equivalent.
  2. A minimum GPA of 4.5 out of 7.0 which is an approximate Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 percent
  3. Provide evidence that you have the pre-existing knowledge requirements in the areas below:
    • Human Anatomy
    • Human or Exercise Physiology
    • Research Design and Statistics

Approved degrees that meet pre-existing knowledge requirements for admissions

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Professional 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.

 

Future study options

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). 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.

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.  

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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