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Master of Sport and Exercise Science (Research) - 295JA

Course Code: 295JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science
CRICOS Code: 083325C
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Take a step closer to the Premier League

If you’re a working graduate, with a few years’ experience under your belt, but looking for career progression, a career change or simply wish to expand your knowledge base - then the UC Master of Sport and Exercise Science (Research) course is the perfect game changer for you.

This 2-year, full time course will help develop your research and analytical skills and enable you to focus on study topic that is of interest to you. You will then get to research and develop a working thesis based on this topic, under the guidance of experienced academic mentors– and eventually go on to produce a document that could go on to influence industry practices both on and off the field.

By the end of this course you will not only possess the knowledge, skills and the qualifications to have your work recognised at a global industry level, more importantly you will also have the confidence to move seamlessly into a Ph.D. pathway.

Study a UC Master of Sport and Exercise Science (Research) and you will:

  • develop academic analytical and research skills
  • study a research topic of your choice
  • produce a working thesis and present it for peer review
  • improve your academic knowledge and confidence
  • network extensively within a co-operative industry
  • strengthen your knowledge of sport and exercise science theory and practice
  • improve individual and team development objectives
  • have your work contribute to professional sport and exercise literature
  • be exposed to high a level of industry contacts

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is a vital component of the UC experience as it offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and build industry relationships while they study at UC. Although the UC Bachelor of Sport Studies (honours) course does not offer direct placements, students will still have the chance to attend and work on research workshops and presentations at UC and onsite with our industry partners.

Career opportunities

A Master of Sport and Exercise Science (Research) qualification is an internationally recognised qualification and opens many doors. In addition, the thesis that you develop will add value to overall Sport and Exercise knowledge and practices at the highest level. As such, graduates can often choose a range of employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • strength and conditioning
  • sport organisations
  • government
  • exercise science
  • sport marketing
  • sponsorship
  • public relations
  • management of sports, recreation and leisure clubs
  • advisory roles in the public and private sector.

Alternatively, you may also wish to pursue further academic opportunities and transition into a Ph.D.

Course-specific information

The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and sport industry workforce. If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person interested in studying a health or sport course, please contact Rachel Harrigan or phone 6201 2608.


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Admission Requirements

A recognised undergraduate degree in a relevant field, preferably at honours level, or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution with demonstrated capacity and/or aptitude for research (in accordance with the Gold Book 3.4.4).

Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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    • Master of Sport and Exercise Science (Research) (48 credit points)
    • Required - Must pass 48 credit points as follows
      • Note:
        • 1. Students are required to attend fortnightly MA colloquia (arranged by the Course Convener) for at least one semester of their enrolment.
        • 2. The colloquia will provide supervisor-led discussion of the research process, the significance of a literature review, theoretical paradigms, and methodological alternatives.
        • 3. Student aptitude is monitored by the supervisor on a fortnightly basis and written feedback provided. Satisfactory performance is a requirement for students to progress further in the program.
    • Research Education: Candidates must also complete a Research Education Program to acquire generic skills & attributes identified as appropriate for graduates of postgraduate research programs at UC.

    In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


    Award(s) Official Abbreviation
    Master of Sport and Exercise Science (Research) M Sp&ExSc (Research)

    Typical Study Pattern

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    Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

    Unit Delivery Modes

    The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

      UC - Canberra, Bruce

        Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

    To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

    Information for Fee Paying Students

    Year Domestic International



    The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.

    Course Duration

    Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.




    • Past Offerings
      • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
      • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
      • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
      • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
      • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
      • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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