Course Description

Make a real impact in healthcare and transform lives. The Master of Exercise Physiology produces graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice. Graduates are eligible for accreditation as an exercise physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity account for 70 percent of illnesses experienced by Australians, and this is expected to increase to almost 80 percent by 2020. Led by experts in exercise physiology practice and research, our program aims to change this statistic by equipping you with the knowledge and skills to assess physical and functional capacity, identify risks and design targeted, functional and sustainable exercise programs.

Throughout this two-year degree, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of exercise physiology including metabolism and physiology, human motor learning and control, the principles of exercise programming, nutrition and pharmacology, and musculoskeletal principles of exercise. Integrated clinical practice instruction, practicums, and case studies will provide the advanced skills and experience essential for professional practice. As part of your degree you will complete over 500 hours of clinical training across both the public and private sectors, through which you will learn to apply your knowledge and work within a range of different clinical settings.

Upon successful accreditation, you will have the opportunity to work across a wide range of healthcare sectors, including cardiac rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, mental health, long-term rehabilitation following spinal cord injury, ageing, occupational rehabilitation and programs for people with an intellectual disability.

Why study with us?

  1. Global outlook: Join an influential community of students, staff and alumni who lead and shape healthcare delivery around the world.

    Tuition Fees

    Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 total course cost.
    International Students: $46,500 per year full-time

    Graduate Rating

    Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

    Teaching quality: 69.2% (national average 70.8%)
    Improved skills: 80.2% (national average 79.2%)
    Overall satisfaction: 83.7% (national average 84.4%)

    The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

    Employment Outcomes

    Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

    Employed full time: 82.4% (national average 84.2%)
    Studying full time: 7.4% (national average 6.5%)
    Median full time salary: $75,000 (national average $83,000)

    You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

    Course codes

    CRICOS Code: 063842C
    University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MAEXPHYS1000

    Entry Requirements



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