Master of Exercise Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course is aimed at students wishing to undertake advanced coursework study 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.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Exercise Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MExSc
Course code
52510
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
064927A

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Exercise Science has the following exit awards: 71330 Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (48 points) (48 points), 51390 Graduate Diploma in Sport & Recreation Management (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Sandy Gordon
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course 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.

Take conversion unit(s) to the value of 24 points from this group

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1SSEH3301Exercise Prescription and Nutrition for Health and Fitness
Prerequisites:
SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
S1, S2SSEH3345Lifespan Motor Development
Prerequisites:
any level 2 SSEH unit
S1SSEH3355Biomechanical Principles
Prerequisites:
SSEH2250 Biomechanics or any Level 2 PHYS unit or any Level 2 ENSC unit
S1SSEH3365Sport Physiology
Prerequisites:
SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
S2SSEH3375Psychology of Sport
Prerequisites:
SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health; or a Level 2 PSYC unit; for pre-2012 courses: none
Incompatibility:
SSEH5475 Advanced Psychology of Sport (formerly HMES8475 Advanced Psychology of Sport)
S2SSEH3376Coaching Psychology
Prerequisites:
SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health; or a Level 2 PSYC unit or approval of the unit coordinator.
S2SSEH3385Motor Development and Dysfunction
Prerequisites:
SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
S2SSEH3389Exercise Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
any anatomy or human biology unit; or enrolment in Exercise and Health major or Sport Science major

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
S1, S2SSEH5692Industry Practicum II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390). Students enrolled in the master's programs must have completed a minimum of 48 points (for a 96-point master's program) before enrolment in this unit is permitted.

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2SSEH5020Literature Review and Research Proposal
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
SSEH5021 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1
S1, S2SSEH5021Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a master's degree in the Faculty of Science. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of the Level 3 units of a relevant bachelor's degree; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Levels 3, 4 and 5 units in the master's degree. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
SSEH5020 Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2SSEH5022Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Co-requisites:
SSEH5023 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 3
S1, S2SSEH5023Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Co-requisites:
SSEH5020 Literature Review and Research Proposal; SSEH5021 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1; SSEH5022 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 2

Sport and Exercise Science specialisation

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework) (52510); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390)
S1SSEH5655Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework) (52510); or the Master of Exercise Science (thesis and coursework) (51610)

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1SSEH4633Advanced Biomechanical Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
S1SSEH4644Advanced Exercise Physiology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health and completion of at least two units in exercise physiology
S2SSEH4654Advanced Concepts in Motor Control and Learning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Master of Exercise Science (52510)
S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380);or the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Health Science (71540); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or honours in the Faculty of Science

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.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSEDUC5689Physical Development, Movement and Health
Incompatibility:
SSEH5689 Physical Development, Movement and Health
S1SSEH4633Advanced Biomechanical Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
S1SSEH4644Advanced Exercise Physiology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health and completion of at least two units in exercise physiology
S2SSEH4654Advanced Concepts in Motor Control and Learning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Master of Exercise Science (52510)
S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380);or the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Health Science (71540); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or honours in the Faculty of Science
S2SSEH5475Advanced Psychology of Sport
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
Incompatibility:
SSEH3375 Psychology of Sport (formerly HMES3375 Psychology of Sport)
NSSSEH5491Health Education
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
S2SSEH5645Workplace Injury Prevention and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
S2SSEH5667Paediatric Exercise Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework) (52510)—only with permission from the unit coordinator
S1SSEH5677Sport and Recreation Marketing
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Health Science (71540); or Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390)
S2SSEH5678Sport and Recreation Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Ecotourism (coursework) (73510) or the Master of Health Science (coursework) (71540) or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520)
S2SSEH5685Work Site Health Promotion
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Master of Exercise Science (52510)
Incompatibility:
SSEH3339 Community and Work Site Health Promotion (formerly HMES3339)
S1SSEH5687Physical Ergonomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Incompatibility:
SSEH3387 Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics in Industry (formerly HMES3387 Human Performance in Industry)
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
S1, S2SSEH5694Research Colloquium
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework (52510); or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380)

Sport and Recreation Management specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
Incompatibility:
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting, ACCT5602 Accounting
S2MGMT5508Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
S1SSEH5677Sport and Recreation Marketing
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Health Science (71540); or Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390)
S2SSEH5678Sport and Recreation Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Ecotourism (coursework) (73510) or the Master of Health Science (coursework) (71540) or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520)

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)::

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2EBUS5504Electronic Business
S1, S2ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
Incompatibility:
ECON5503 Economic Management and Strategy
S1, S2FINA5432Introduction to Finance
Co-requisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
Incompatibility:
FINA5530 Managerial Finance
S1, S2MGMT5507Management and Organisations
S1, 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):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380);or the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Health Science (71540); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or honours in the Faculty of Science
S2SSEH5475Advanced Psychology of Sport
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
Incompatibility:
SSEH3375 Psychology of Sport (formerly HMES3375 Psychology of Sport)
NSSSEH5491Health Education
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
S2SSEH5645Workplace Injury Prevention and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework) (52510); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390)
S1SSEH5655Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework) (52510); or the Master of Exercise Science (thesis and coursework) (51610)
S2SSEH5678Sport and Recreation Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Ecotourism (coursework) (73510) or the Master of Health Science (coursework) (71540) or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520)
S2SSEH5685Work Site Health Promotion
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Master of Exercise Science (52510)
Incompatibility:
SSEH3339 Community and Work Site Health Promotion (formerly HMES3339)
S1SSEH5687Physical Ergonomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Incompatibility:
SSEH3387 Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics in Industry (formerly HMES3387 Human Performance in Industry)
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
S1, S2SSEH5694Research Colloquium
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework (52510); or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. 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.

Admission ranking and selection

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

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 71330 Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (48 points)
  • 51390 Graduate Diploma in Sport & Recreation Management (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Exercise Science course before completing it, but after completing 48 points, which includes course core and specialisation core units in line with the course regulations Graduate Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Exercise Science course before completing it, but after completing 48 points, which includes course core and specialisation core units in line with the course regulations, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Sport & Recreation Management.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Sport, Exercise and/or Movement Sciences, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have—

(a) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation;

or

(b) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course;

or

(c) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;

and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.