Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

In the past 15 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.

This master's degree course will develop students' knowledge and skills in preparation for work in the allied health industry. The course will be accredited by ESSA so that graduates will be eligible to apply for accreditation status. Students may structure a course which is best tailored to their future requirements and area of specialisation. The 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.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MClinExPhys
Course code
73520
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
089267D

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 Clinical Exercise Physiology has the following exit award: 74320 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Physiology (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)
Professional accreditation
Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (coursework or coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: Exercise and Sports Science Australia.
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Timothy Ackland
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

Note
Students entering the 96 pt program must submit a Graduate Entry Assessment (GEA) to ESSA before the end of their first semester in the course.

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; N/A = not available in 2019; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2020 or 2021.

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.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2SSEH2290Promoting Lifelong Physical Activity
S1SSEH3301Exercise Prescription and Nutrition for Health and Fitness
Prerequisites:
SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
S1, S2SSEH3345Lifespan Motor Development
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 SSEH unit
S1, S2SSEH3393Professional Practice Part 1 (0 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Sport Science major) or Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health major) and must have completed 72 points toward the degree; for pre-2012 courses: enrolment in a major in Sport Science (MJ-SSCEH) or Exercise and Health (PG-EXHSC) and must have completed 72 points in the degree
Incompatibility:
SSEH3392 Professional Practice; SSEH3390 Professional Practice Part 1; SSEH3391 Professional Practice Part 2
S1, S2SSEH3394Professional Practice Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Sport Science major) or the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health major) and must have completed 72 points in the degree; for pre-2012 courses: enrolment in a major in Sport Science (MJ-SSCEH) or Exercise and Health (PG-EXHSC) and must have completed 72 points in the degree as well as SSEH3393 Professional Practice Part 1; or enrolment in the Diploma in Science (DU004) with a major in Sport Science (MJS-SPTSC) or Exercise and Health (MJS-EXHS) and must have completed 24 points.
Incompatibility:
SSEH3392 Professional Practice; SSEH3390 Professional Practice Part 1; SSEH3391 Professional Practice Part 2

Take all units (72 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2SSEH4489Advanced Exercise Rehabilitation
Incompatibility:
SSEH3389 Exercise Rehabilitation
S1SSEH4664Exercise 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
S2SSEH5643Cardiac Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520). This unit is available, with the permission of the Head of School, to students in the honours or graduate courses within the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health.
N/ASSEH5644Neurological Rehabilitation
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)
S2SSEH5646Chronic and Complex Conditions 1
Prerequisites:
Postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health within the Graduate Diploma of Exercise Rehabilitation or Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. SSEH5691 Industry Practicum I
N/ASSEH5647Chronic and Complex Conditions 2
S2SSEH5651Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520). This unit is available, with the permission of the Head of School, to students in the honours or postgraduate courses within the School of Sport Science Exercise and Health.
S1SSEH5667Paediatric 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
S1SSEH5691Industry Practicum I
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), and have a course plan developed including enrolment in this unit.
NS, S1, S2SSEH5692Industry Practicum II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in 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), and have a course plan developed including approved enrolment in this unit.
S1SSEH5693Industry Practicum 3
S1, S2SSEH5699Exercise Physiology Clinical Portfolio (0 points)

Students in the course by coursework and dissertation take 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

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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.(1) 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, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 94, a minimum score of 27 in the Writing section, a minimum score of 23 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 24.

(4) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 65 and no sub-score less than 65.

(5) Applicants presenting with the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test require an overall score of at least 185.

(6) The UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course does not satisfy the English Language Competency requirements of this course.

Admission requirements

4.(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 must compete for a place in Semester 1 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 must compete for a place in Semester 2, and must have a relevant bachelor's degree that included foundation units in anatomy, functional anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology and research methods/statistics.

Admission ranking and selection

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

(a) the weighted average mark;

and

(b) the intake quota for that semester.

Articulations and exit awards

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

  • 74320 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Physiology (48 points)

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

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

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

(3) Students who have completed (a) a bachelor's degree that has been accredited by Exercise & Sport Science Australia at the 'Exercise Science' level;

or

(b) a relevant bachelor degree and provided an official ESSA "Graduate Entry Assessment" letter that demonstrates equivalence with "Exercise Science" members;

and

(c) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent. are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

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, which is calculated based on —

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

(a) entered the degree with a cognate background

(b) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 4 and 5 units completed within the course, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;

and

(c) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, who has confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.

(2) Students who are required to complete conversion units are normally not permitted to complete a research project.