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Master of Exercise Physiology

Discover exercise physiology at the University of Sydney

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Overview

Please note this course information relates to 2020 intake. 

Our Master of Exercise Physiology degree gives you the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required to deliver safe and effective clinical exercise practice that has a real impact on people’s health. 

Led by experts in exercise physiology practice and research, our program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to assess physical and functional capacity, identify risks and design targeted, functional and sustainable exercise programs.

Throughout this 1.5 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.

As part of your degree, you will also complete 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 course completion and successful accreditation with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), 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?

  • You'll gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of clinical partners.
  • You'll learn from highly respected practitioners, clinicians and researchers.
  • Our research ranks "well above world class" (Excellence in Research for Australia level 5).
  • We offer a range of leadership and student support programs to give you the best possible opportunity for success.
  • We have world-class facilities, with purpose-built laboratories and on-site health clinics. 
  • In 2021, we will move to the purpose-built Health Precinct at Camperdown campus, which will for the first time bring multiple health disciplines together in a facility that translates research into education and clinical services.
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Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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 72 credit points (cp), including clinical experiences in the 2nd and 3rd semester (full time).

Below is an indicative study plan for the Master of Exercise Physiology:

Year 1

  • Design and Implementation of Exercise
  • Assessment and the Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise in Cardiometabolic Diseases
  • Exercise and Musculoskeletal Health 1
  • Clinical Practice Unit 1
  • Exercise Physiology and Client Care
  • Exercise, Ageing and Neurological Health
  • Exercise and Musculoskeletal Health 2

Year 2

  • Exercise in Chronic and Complex Cases
  • Clinical Practice Unit 2
  • Clinical Practice Unit 3
  • Elective

Units of Study

Transition to Camperdown

We're moving to the Camperdown campus in 2021, and we've begun the transition. In some semesters, students may have classes at both the Cumberland and Camperdown campuses in 2019 and 2020. Classes will be timetabled to allow students with a standard enrolment pattern to come to a single campus each day, where possible.

For further information about unit of study teaching locations, please refer to the Health Sciences Handbook.

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 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

Admission to candidature for the Master of Exercise Physiology requires the applicant to have:

  • A bachelor or master’s degree or a PhD in exercise science or a health-related discipline from the University of Sydney, or qualifications deemed by the faculty to be equivalent; and
  • A minimum GPA of 4.5 out of 7.0 which is an approximate Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 percent
  • Evidence of*:
  1. Current Exercise Scientist Accreditation (AES) with Exercise and Sport Science Australia; or
  2. Completion of a bachelor or master’s degree accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia at the level of Exercise Science; or 
  3. An approved Graduate Entry Assessment from Exercise and Sport Science Australia

*by providing evidence of accreditation, applicants are also proving extensive pre-existing knowledge in human anatomy, human or exercise physiology and research design and statistics.

Admission process

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice.

The Handbooks Online 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.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.

Professional accreditation

The 1.5 year (full time) Master of Exercise Physiology is under consideration for qualifying accreditation at the level of exercise physiology by the National Universities Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (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

Using principles such as biomechanics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and gait analysis, our graduates work as exercise scientists or exercise physiologists in a variety of settings, including:

  • the sport, health and fitness industries
  • occupational health and safety
  • public health
  • rehabilitation
  • research and technology
  • education
  • medical insurance.

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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/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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/American Express/JCB surcharge


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