Postgraduate

Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Gain the extensive knowledge, skills and experience in clinical exercise delivery to be able to provide health modification counselling for people with chronic disease and injury.
1.5-2
Years Full Time

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Accredited exercise physiologists specialise in clinical exercise interventions for people with a broad range of health issues. Those people may be at risk of developing, or have existing, medical conditions and injuries. The aims of exercise physiology interventions are to prevent or manage acute, sub- acute or chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health or wellness. These interventions are exercise-based and include health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.

Accredited exercise physiologists work across a range of health settings including public and private hospitals, private and multidisciplinary clinics, government and not-for profit organisations, workplace health and rehabilitation, aged care facilities, fitness centres, gymnasiums and sports organisations.

Accredited exercise physiologists offer a range of services which include behavioural coaching, health education, exercise counselling and physical rehabilitation. Services include:
  • the prescription of tailored exercise programs
  • promoting leisure-time and incidental activity
  • counselling to reduce sedentary behaviours.
Accredited exercise physiologists specialise in clinical exercise interventions for people with a broad range of health issues. Those people may be at risk of developing, or have existing, medical conditions and injuries. The aims of exercise physiology interventions are to prevent or manage acute, sub- acute or chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health or wellness. These interventions are exercise-based and include health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.

Accredited exercise physiologists work across a range of health settings including public and private hospitals, private and multidisciplinary clinics, government and not-for profit organisations, workplace health and rehabilitation, aged care facilities, fitness centres, gymnasiums and sports organisations.

Accredited exercise physiologists offer a range of services which include behavioural coaching, health education, exercise counselling and physical rehabilitation. Services include:
  • the prescription of tailored exercise programs
  • promoting leisure-time and incidental activity
  • counselling to reduce sedentary behaviours.

Further Study

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

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Domestic Student Fees

Indicative annual course fee
2024
Commonwealth Supported Place $9,845.65

Eligible Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) students can use the HECS-HELP loan program to pay their tuition fees. For Full-Fee Paying (FFP) places, students are charged an annual course fee.

Find out more information about tuition fees, or visit the fee calculator for a more accurate cost.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

International Student Fees

Indicative first year fee
2024
$47,600.00

Find out more about tuition fees or visit the fee calculator for the estimated total course fee.

Note, tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to increase up to 7.5 per cent per annum.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below

Important note for applicants

To enrol in this course, you must be able to attend in person. This course has a requirement for campus-based or in-person activities that cannot be offered online. 

Admission Requirements

(1) 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;
and
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;
(2) Applicants are awarded a place in the 72-point course if they have either;
(a) a bachelor's degree that has been accredited by Exercise & Sport Science Australia at the 'Exercise Science' level;
or
(b) an official ESSA "Graduate Entry Assessment" letter that demonstrates equivalence with "Exercise Science" members.
(3) All other applicants are awarded a place in the 96-point course and must have a relevant bachelor's degree that included foundation units in human anatomy, functional anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise and health and research methods/statistics with equivalence to ESSA ‘Exercise Science' standards.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place. 

Graduate applicants require at least two successful years of full-time or equivalent degree studies undertaken in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0. For more information visit ELC requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

This course is designed to provide a holistic understanding of the use of exercise as a modality in the treatment of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, metabolic and other chronic and complex conditions.

About the course

In the past 20 years, under the guidance of a professional body – Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), accredited Exercise Physiologists (EPs) have gained national recognition as the allied health professional with the knowledge and experience to prescribe exercise for people with chronic and complex medical conditions. EPs now have provider status with the Health Insurance Commission (Medicare), as well as many private and government health and compensable insurance schemes.

Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1

    Semester 2

Weekly contact time
  • Refer to the UWA Handbook
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 73520
CRICOS code
  • 089267D
Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1

    Semester 2

Weekly contact time
  • Refer to the UWA Handbook
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 73520
CRICOS code
  • 089267D
Full time/part time duration
  • 2 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Our teaching staff

Dr Jay Ebert

Our teaching staff
Dr Jay Ebert
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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Important dates

Intake Periods
  • Semester 1, 2024
  • Semester 2, 2024
Application Open
  • Tuesday 1 August 2023
  • Wednesday 1 November 2023
Application Close
  • Friday 26 January 2024
  • Friday 12 July 2024

Refer to Admissions Requirements for information on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Conversion
Students who have not completed (a) a Bachelor of Science from this university with a double major in Sport Science and Exercise and Health, or equivalent as recognised by the faculty; or (b) a bachelor's degree in Sport, Exercise and/or Movement Sciences from a recognised tertiary institution that has been accredited by ESSA at the 'Exercise Science' level must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the faculty.
Core
Take all units (72 points):
Option
Students in the course by coursework and dissertation take 24 points.

Where can clinical exercise physiology take me?

The course prepares you for work in the following areas:

  • Clinical practice - for example, a rehabilitation practitioner within the private sector or hospital clinics.
  • Corporate - for example, as a company in-house rehabilitation specialist or injury management coordinator
  • Government - for example, as a case manager at the Insurance Commission

Industry engagement

The course also involves a high level of engagement with AEPs and other industry professionals, with a significant component of learning taking place in a clinical setting.

Our teaching staff

Dr Bonnie Furzer

Our teaching staff
Dr Bonnie Furzer

Why study Sport and Exercise Sciences at UWA?

  • Our award-winning work-integrated learning program will ensure you graduate ‘job ready’
  • Become accredited with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) in WA's number one sport and sciences program (QS 2023)
  • Help tackle our biggest health challenges by understanding the effects of physical activity on human health and performance
  • 22nd in the world for sports-related subjects (QS 2023)
  • Our degrees include practical experience with industry partnerships in sport (AFL, WAFL, Western Force) and health (clinic and hospital placements)

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UWA is ranked 1st in WA, 2nd in Australia and 23rd in the world for Anatomy and Physiology (QS 2023)
Ranked 5th in Australia and 22nd in the world for Sports-Related Subjects (QS 2023)

Course Accreditation

The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is a National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) accredited course. Graduates may apply to Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) within two years of completing the course for credentialing as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

Why study clinical exercise physiology?

Centre

UWA Exercise and Performance Centre

The UWA Exercise and Performance Centre (EPC) provides individual and group exercise services to improve health, function and physical performance.

Centre