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Master of Exercise Science - 959AA

Course Code: 959AA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science
CRICOS Code: 063713A
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS or equivalent of 7.0 with no band score below 6.0. Students who have undertaken all of their education in an English speaking country (as defined on UC website) are deemed to have met our English language proficiency requirements.


This two year Master of Exercise Science degree is available to candidates who hold a relevant exercise/sport science, biological or medical science undergraduate degree and the necessary pre-requisites. Accredited Exercise physiologists (AEP) develop and administer exercise pre-rehabilitation and rehabilitation plans to prevent or manage chronic disease and injury in cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and metabolic conditions.

Through this course you will gain knowledge in all of the AEP targeted disease states (including Hypertension, Obesity, Arthritis, Stroke, Cancer) and will be trained in chronic disease management through the assessment of exercise capacity and the design of clinical exercise interventions. This course includes excellent opportunity for clinical placement units to enhance the student's application of knowledge and formulate a more direct experience of the relevant working environment.

Each student will undertake a minimum of 500 hours of clinical training as required by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).This course has a large hands-on practical element where learning by doing is promoted alongside underpinning lectures and seminars by experts in the field. Upon graduation of the above courses students will have met the professional requirements to work as an Exercise Physiologist subject to course accreditation by ESSA.


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Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a degree or equivalent in health science or a related area including units of study in the areas of biomechanics, physiology of exercise and functional anatomy. A GPA of 5.1 is required to enter the course.

Additional Admission Requirements

All students in the Master of Exercise Science course are required to undergo an Australian Federal Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience in the ACT, and a NSW Police check before undertaking practice in NSW. Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students need to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid certificates including CPR, as a requirement of the ACT and NSW health departments.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have a graduate level understanding of human biology including exercise physiology.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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

Placement Requirements

This course requires students to meet compulsory placement requirements prior to undertaking professional placement (Work-Integrated Learning) in a clinical or professional setting. For information on what these requirements are and how to meet these requirements, please visit


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Exercise Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology M ExerciseSc ClinExercisePhysio

Alternate Exit Awards

Master of Exercise Science in Sports Science

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

This course is not accepting new admissions in 2013. Please contact the Faculty via the enquiry details below for further information.

Professional Accreditation

Accreditation for the Master of Exercise Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology degree will be sought from the Exercise and Sport Science Australia for recognition of graduates of the program as certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists under MEDICARE.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To provide the necessary knowledge and understanding required by the AAESS (Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Sciences) to become an accredited Exercise Physiologist or Sport Scientist Effective Workplace Skills
Social Responsibilities
Life Long Skills
Personable Attributes
To provide an in depth experience of the practical skills and transferable knowledge required to work in an exercise and sport vocational environment. Communication
Information, Literacy and Numeracy
Information Communication and Technology
Working with others
Problem Solving

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time. This course is offered full-time only.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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