Enhance your skills and knowledge of exercise science by completing the Master of Exercise Science.

Introduction

  1. The master's program by coursework is intended for students wishing to undertake advanced study in exercise science.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Exercise Science will expose students to advanced level units within the various sub-disciplines that are informed by the latest research developments and contemporary professional practice. These sub-disciplines studies may include: clinical, sport and occupational biomechanics; exercise physiology; motor learning and control; sport, exercise, health and coaching psychology; physical activity promotion; and sport and recreation marketing and management.

In addition to learning cognitive skills, several units involve advanced technical and measurement skills developed through tutorials and laboratories. Most units offer opportunities for students to plan, prepare and conduct small research projects, and then analyse these data and report findings in both written and oral formats. Skills in literature searching, synthesising the results of these published papers and comparing one’s own data within this context are embedded in many units of study.

Students must nominate a specialisation. The Master of Exercise Science has two specialisations:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
    This master's program is aimed at students wishing to undertake advanced study or research majoring in one of the sub-discipline areas within exercise science. There is a choice of postgraduate units within biomechanics; motor control and development; exercise physiology and biochemistry; health behaviour and performance psychology and exercise rehabilitation.
  • Sport and Recreation Management
    This specialisation focuses on developing knowledge and skills in the area of management and marketing within the sport and recreation industry.

You will study these core units for the Master of Exercise Science:

  • SCIE 4481 Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
  • SSEH 5692 Industry Practicum

Each specialisation has additional compulsory units, with other units selected as options. Course structures can be found via the UWA Handbook

If you meet certain eligibility requirements, you may apply to replace the equivalent of half a year’s units with a research project.

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details.

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Student profile – and Course Coordinator, Tim Ackland

Tim has research interests in the mechanics of human movement with themes spanning musculoskeletal rehabilitation and physical ergonomics. He’s published 130 peer-reviewed papers, 5 books and 30 book chapters. He was Director of Sports Medicine Australia and a member of the IOC Medical Commission’s working party on Body Composition, Health and Performance.

Find out more about Tim's research.

Meet our students and graduates and read about what it's like to study science at UWA.

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Structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Previous specialisations in a) Biological science and b) Behavioural science are no longer relevant; hinder the progress of students; and cannot be used to obtain ESSA accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist.

Specialisations changed to a) Sport and Exercise Science; and b) Sport and Recreation Management.

Take all units (12 points):

S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S2SSEH5692Industry Practicum II

For students in coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points)::

S1, S2SCIE5511Science Research Project Part 1
S1, S2SCIE5512Science Research Project Part 2
S1, S2SCIE5513Science Research Project Part 3
NSSCIE5590Literature Review and Research Proposal

Sport and Exercise Science specialisation

Take all units (12 points):

S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research Methods
S1SSEH5655Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Sport Science, Exercise and Health

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

S1SSEH4633Advanced Biomechanical Methods
S1SSEH4644Advanced Exercise Physiology
S2SSEH4654Advanced Concepts in Motor Control and Learning
S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology

Students in the coursework only program select 6 units (36 points) from this list, of which 3 units (18 points) must be Level 5; while students in the coursework and dissertation program select 2 units (12 points) from this list.

S1SSEH4633Advanced Biomechanical Methods
S1SSEH4644Advanced Exercise Physiology
S2SSEH4654Advanced Concepts in Motor Control and Learning
S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology
S2SSEH5475Advanced Psychology of Sport
NSSSEH5491Health Education
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
S2SSEH5645Workplace Injury Prevention and Management
S2SSEH5667Paediatric Exercise Rehabilitation
S1SSEH5677Sport and Recreation Marketing
S2, NSSSEH5678Sport and Recreation Management
S2SSEH5685Work Site Health Promotion
S1SSEH5687Physical Ergonomics
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety
NSSSEH5689Physical Development, Movement and Health
S1, S2SSEH5694Research Colloquium

Sport and Recreation Management specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
S2MGMT5508Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
S1SSEH5677Sport and Recreation Marketing
S2, NSSSEH5678Sport and Recreation Management

Students in the coursework only program select 2 units (12 points) from this option list, while students in the coursework and dissertation program select only 1 unit (6 points)::

S2EBUS5504Electronic Business
S1, S2ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
S1, S2FINA5432Introduction to Finance
S1, S2MGMT5507Management and Organisations
S2MKTG5406Buyer Behaviour and Decision Making

Students in the coursework only program select 4 units (24 points) from this list, while students in the coursework and dissertation program select only 1 unit (6 points):

S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology
S2SSEH5475Advanced Psychology of Sport
NSSSEH5491Health Education
S2SSEH5645Workplace Injury Prevention and Management
S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research Methods
S1SSEH5655Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
S2, NSSSEH5678Sport and Recreation Management
S2SSEH5685Work Site Health Promotion
S1SSEH5687Physical Ergonomics
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety
S1, S2SSEH5694Research Colloquium

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Career opportunities

This degree is designed for professionals interested in further study who are seeking to familiarise themselves with recent developments in the field, or to enhance their intellectual and research skills.

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Further study opportunities

Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) a Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation, a Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management, or a Graduate Diploma in Work, Health and Safety, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

Additional information

If your bachelor's degree is not accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), you will be required to complete the ESSA graduate entry assessment. Please contact tim.ackland@uwa.edu.au for further information.

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

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Master of Exercise Science: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook.
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
5 years
Contact details: course information
Senior Administrative Officer
School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health
inga.carr@uwa.edu.au
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6488 2360
Course code
52510
CRICOS Code
064927A, 081429M
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