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Master of Exercise Physiology

Discover exercise physiology at the University of Sydney

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Overview

Exciting changes in 2020

This course is currently being re-designed and, pending approval, the course duration will change from 2 years to 1.5 years and feature a highly integrated innovative curriculum to prepare you for professional practice as an Exercise Physiologist. As part of this redesign, pre-requisite knowledge requirements may also change. These changes will only apply to students enrolling for 2020 entry. Please check this page regularly for updates on curriculum approvals and application opening dates.

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.

Why study with us?

  1. Global outlook: Join an influential community of students, staff and alumni who lead and shape healthcare delivery around the world.
  2. Leading clinical partners: Gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of top-tier hospitals and primary and community healthcare facilities across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW.
  3. Experts: Learn from highly respected researchers, practitioners and clinicians who are dedicated to teaching the next generation of leaders.
  4. Multidisciplinary focus: We prepare graduates with specialist and generalist healthcare knowledge and skills. The changing healthcare system needs workers who understand the bigger picture and know that solutions often require health professionals working together.
  5. Cutting-edge facilities: Learn in our purpose-built laboratories, on-site health clinics and use high-calibre equipment across our dedicated health facilities.
  6. Research strength: Our people and our work are shaping the national and international health and social policy agendas. We have a broad range of research strengths and are world leaders in allied health and education.
  7. Leadership development program: Our leadership development program provides all undergraduate and graduate entry masters students access to mentoring programs and opportunities to improve their leadership skills, giving them the best possible start in the employment market.
  8. Student support: In this large and diverse university, we ensure you get the support you need to succeed in your studies. At Cumberland Campus, Yooroang Garang provides a range of support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to support their study on campus.

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.

Please note: in some semesters, students will have classes at both Cumberland and Camperdown campuses. Classes will be timetabled to allow students with a standard enrolment pattern to come to a single campus each day.

Subject areas

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

Transition to Camperdown

We're moving to Camperdown campus in 2021, and we've begun the transition. In some semesters, students will have classes at both the Cumberland and Camperdown campuses. Classes will be timetabled to allow students with a standard enrolment pattern to come to a single campus each day. The following units of study will be taught at Camperdown/Darlington campus in 2019:

Year

Units of study

 

Year 1

EXSS5050 Human Motor Learning and Control

EXSS5058 Principles of Exercise Programming

Semester 1

EXSS5060 Advanced Exercise Programming

EXSS5061 Professional Practice 2

Semester 2

Year 2

All units of study based at Cumberland campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

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 criteria

To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following:

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

Meeting pre-requisite knowledge requirements:

  1. Approved degrees: Courses listed in this document have been assessed as meeting pre-requisite knowledge in all areas. If you have completed one of the following courses within the stated years, you do not have to submit the pre-existing knowledge information form as long as you submit your academic transcript.

  2. Pre-existing Knowledge Information form: All other applicants need to submit the information form with necessary documentation detailed in the form. 

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Admission process

For more information on the graduate entry masters admission process for domestic and international applicants, read this document.

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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.

Career Pathways

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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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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