Master of Strength and Conditioning

Apply the science. Become the coach. Lead the field.

Now more than ever, strength and conditioning coaches are in high demand. If you aspire to work with elite and developing athletes, now is the time to take your career to the next level with a Master of Strength and Conditioning.

This one-year, online degree will build your expertise in customising athletes' training programmes and developing athletic performance, health and wellbeing. The practical experience gained through this course will enhance your ability to tailor communicative styles to each athlete you coach.

As one of Australia’s leading universities for health and sport education, you’ll graduate with the accreditation and skillset to secure the future you’ve dreamed of.

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Why specialise in strength and conditioning

Real world experience

Gain 140 hours of valuable, hands-on work experience in a high performance or professional sport setting.

Online learning in one year

Designed for busy professionals, our online course allows you to work while you study and complete your degree in just one year.

Professionally accredited

Graduate with accreditation from the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA). Graduates can also apply to ASCA for Level Two Accreditation.

Secure your future

Gain the confidence to create your own career path with a range of electives.

Tailored to suit you

In just one year, acquire the skills that underpin effective coaching communication, strength and conditioning practice, monitoring of athletes, and the implementation of training programs to maximise athletic performance.

Tailor your study to suit your goals with a range of elective units including small business management and quantitative research practice in health.

Culminating in a two-week residential workshop facilitated by elite level coaches and industry professionals, you’ll put theory into practice and be equipped with the confidence to take the next step in your career as an accredited strength and conditioning coach.

Tailored learning

Leading university for sport

UC is one of Australia’s leading universities for sport education. Home to elite athletes, professional sporting teams and cutting-edge research laboratories, UC's sporting precinct is creating professional connections and real-world learning opportunities to ensure you graduate with a competitive edge.

Thanks to our location in Canberra, you’ll benefit from our connections with leading national sporting institutions including the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS), ACT Brumbies, Canberra Raiders, UC Capitals, Basketball Australia and more.

UC’s innovative sporting commons, incorporating state-of-the-art training facilities and cutting-edge research laboratories provide valuable hands-on experience and access to the latest world-class research.

Nick Ball

Nick Ball

Course Convenor

Nick Ball is an Associate Professor and an accredited strength and conditioning coach of 15 years. He has extensive experience in the delivery of strength and conditioning programs at the highest level, as Head of Athlete Preparation for the UC Capitals WNBL basketball team and Paralympic athletes. Nick is an active researcher within the strength and conditioning field in neuromuscular biomechanics as it relates to enhancing performance and identifying injury risk. He has supervised some of the country’s leading strength and conditioning coaches in delivering industry embedded research projects. Nick’s passion is in merging the science and application of strength and conditioning to coaching practice.

Your future career

Upon completion you will be accredited and equipped with the skills to pursue a strength and conditioning career across a range of settings including:

  • High Performance Sport
  • Academies of Sport
  • Sport Institutes
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Education Sector
  • Private Businesses

Admission requirements

Degree based entry

  • Completed a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science
  • Completed a Bachelor of Science (minor in sport/human movement)
  • Completed a Bachelor of Health Science (minor in sport/human movement)

Non-degree based entry

  • Five years’ experience working full time in a strength and conditioning role


  • A physical education teacher looking to transition into coaching
  • A physiotherapist looking to specialise in sport and coaching
  • An exercise physiologist looking to specialise in sport and coaching

Suitability for all non-degree entrance is assessed via communications with the Course Convenor. Those individuals without a degree but who have five years’ experience working full time in a strength and conditioning role will be considered.

Alternative Exit Award

If the full Master level study isn’t for you, you may choose to instead complete a Graduate Certificate in Strength and Conditioning in just two semesters.

Predominately delivered online, this course will develop your knowledge in line with the key competencies of the profession..

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