Course overview


This course enables advanced study or research majoring in one of the sub-discipline areas within exercise science with particular emphasis on movement science, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning, pedagogy, health and sport psychology. A range of units are offered to accommodate students from differing backgrounds while also permitting specialisation in the above sub-disciplinary areas within the field of exercise science. Research comprises over 66 per cent of the course.

Course title
Master of Exercise Science (thesis and coursework)
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
Master's degree by thesis and coursework
Current / 2024
Administered by
Human Sciences

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.)
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Louise Naylor {00050763}
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.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2

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

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1HMSC5004Research Methods in Human Sciences
Successful completion of
APHB5500 Advanced Research Techniques
or SSEH4602 Research Methods
or APHB4002 Research Design and Analysis Part 1
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 1 hour per week
S1HMSC5005Data Analysis in Human Sciences
Enrolment in
HON-ANHBY Anatomy & Human Biology
or HON-NEURS Neuroscience
or HON-PHYGY Physiology
or HON-SSCEH Sport Science, Exercise and Health
or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science
or 73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science
or 51610 Master of Exercise Science
Successful completion of
Unit(s) APHB4003 Research Design and Analysis Part 2
or Unit(s) SSEH5655 Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
or Unit(s) SSEH4603 Data Analysis
lectures: 1.5 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
S1, S2SSEH9714Sport Science, Exercise and Health Thesis Part 1 (12 points)
51610 Master of Exercise Science
S1, S2SSEH9715Sport Science, Exercise and Health Thesis Part 2 (12 points)
51610 Master of Exercise Science
S1, S2SSEH9716Sport Science, Exercise and Health Thesis Part 3 (12 points)
51610 Master of Exercise Science

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


Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

(2) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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) either:

(i) a Bachelor of Science (Honours) with first class or upper second-class honours in Sport Science, Exercise Science, or Exercise and Health, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or

(ii) a relevant bachelor's degree, or equivalent as recognised by UWA, and at least three years of relevant documented professional experience; and

(b) secured a supervisor and research topic in the area of study

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. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

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

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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;


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


13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).