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Master of Exercise Science

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

    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

    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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    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 relevant bachelor's degree or Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation, 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.

    These pages are under review and are being updated.

    How to apply

    This course is available to Australian and international students.

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    1. How to apply
    2. Contact details - admission information

    How to apply

    Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys):

    Contact details - admission information

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    1. Application Deadlines
    2. How to apply
    3. Fees
    4. Contact details - admission information

    Application Deadlines

    While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate coursework applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.

    Postgraduate coursework applications generally take four weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

    How to apply

    Apply online

    UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries. Visit the link below to find an authorised UWA agent near you.

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    Fees

    Annual fee: $36000.

    For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

    As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

    Contact details - admission information

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    Master of Exercise Science: the details

    Status
    Available 2015
    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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    Course code
    52510
    CRICOS Code
    064927A, 081429M
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