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 structure

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; 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 2023 or 2024.

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1SSEH3301Exercise Prescription and Nutrition for Health and Fitness
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 1 hour per week plus fitness testing
S1SSEH3345Lifespan Motor Development
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one level 2 Unit(s) SSEH2xxx
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SSEH3385 Motor Development and Dysfunction
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: weeks 7, 9, 11, 12; labs: 1 hour for the first 6 weeks; practicals: 2 hours per week for weeks 2–13
S1SSEH3355Biomechanical Principles
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) SSEH2250 Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise or level 2 Unit(s) PHYS2xxx or level 2 Unit(s) ENSC2xxx
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/practicals: 2 hours per week (formal and informal lab times)
S1SSEH3365Sport Physiology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 3 hours per week, with occasional laboratory experiences
S2SSEH3366Bioenergetics in Exercise, Nutrition and Energy Balance
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
S2SSEH3375Psychology of Sport
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SSEH5475 Advanced Psychology of Sport
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week; project work: approximately 45 hours
N/ASSEH3376Coaching Psychology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health or level 2 Unit(s) PSYC2xxx or prior approval
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures 1 hour per week; tutorials 2 hours per week for 7 weeks from week 1
S2SSEH3385Motor Development and Dysfunction
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development
lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (weeks 1–6); practicum: 1.5 hours per week

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 51580 Master of Science Communication or 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71530 Master of Biological Arts or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or 71590 Master of Oceanography or 74540 Master of Marine Biology and approval of the unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.
S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research Methods
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety or 51610 Master of Exercise Science or 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week
S1SSEH5655Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety or 51610 Master of Exercise Science or 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 71540 Master of Health Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 3 hours per week

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SSEH5020Literature Review and Research Proposal
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 74530 Master of Work Health and Safety or 73520 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology and satisfy eligibility criteria for research project or dissertation
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) SSEH5021 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1
Incompatibility:
Nil
1 hour weekly meetings with supervisor
S1, S2SSEH5021Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 73520 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology or 74530 Master of Work Health and Safety and satisfy eligibility criteria for research project or dissertation
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) SSEH5020 Literature Review and Research Proposal
Incompatibility:
Nil
averarge 1 hour weekly meetings with research supervisor
S1, S2SSEH5022Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52510 Master of Exercise Science
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in One Unit(s) SSEH5023 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 3
Incompatibility:
Nil
average 1 hour weekly meetings with research supervisor
S1, S2SSEH5023Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 3
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52510 Master of Exercise Science
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Three Unit(s) SSEH5020 Literature Review and Research Proposal And Unit(s) SSEH5021 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1 And Unit(s) SSEH5022 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 2
Incompatibility:
Nil
average 1 hour weekly meetings with research supervisor

Sport and Exercise Science specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1SSEH4633Advanced Biomechanical Methods
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-SSCEH Sport Science, Exercise and Health or 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering or 73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; labs: 1 x 2 hours per week
S1SSEH4644Advanced Exercise Physiology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-SSCEH Sport Science, Exercise and Health 52510 Master of Exercise Science 73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science and Successful completion of two Unit(s) in exercise physiology or Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or Major(s) MJD-PHYGY Physiology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB5504 Integrative Anatomical and Human Studies or Unit(s) PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 3 hours per week; plus practicum work
S2SSEH4654Advanced Concepts in Motor Control and Learning
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-SSCEH Sport Science, Exercise and Health or 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science or 50380 Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/labs: 2 hours per week; plus project work
S2SSEH5475Advanced Psychology of Sport
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SSEH3375 Psychology of Sport
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week; project work: approximately 80 hours

Students in the coursework only program select 5 units (30 points) from this option list, while students in the coursework and dissertation program select only 1 units (6 points)::

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks—theory is provided by the unit coordinators and guest speakers; tutorials: 2 hour per week for 12 weeks—students present cases of bogus and corrupted science in classes, discuss further the material covered in the seminars, and are asked to support their learning with examples of their choice, thus guaranteeing a multidisciplinary flavour to this unit. The advanced academic training and research experience required of the postgraduate and honours students attending this unit provide the grounds for scholarly and informed discussions during the tutorials.
NSSSEH5491Health Education
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 31400 Graduate Diploma in Education or 30330 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (non-articulated) or 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 71540 Master of Health Science or 32550 Master of Teaching – Secondary
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 3 hours per week
N/ASSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 30330 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (non-articulated) or 31400 Graduate Diploma in Education or 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 71540 Master of Health Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 3 hours per week; field work/labs: 2 hours per week; one debating night
S1SSEH5645Workplace Injury Prevention and Management
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73520 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
The lectures, laboratories and seminars will occur in two 3-week intensive blocks (at the beginning and end of semester), leaving a 8-week space in between for industry placements. These intensive teaching blocks will require your presence on campus full time.
N/ASSEH5678Sport and Recreation Management
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 71540 Master of Health Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/ASSEH5685Work Site Health Promotion
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 71540 Master of Health Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SSEH3339 Community and Worksite Health Promotion
lectures: 3 hours per week; plus project work
S1, S2SSEH5694Research Colloquium
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety or 52510 Master of Exercise Science or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
as advised by supervisor

Sport and Recreation Management (Not Available for 2020) specialisation

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

Rules

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

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

(3) 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) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;

and

(c) completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either sport science, exercise science, human movement, physical education, physical therapy, or medicine; or a related cognate discipline, 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 School 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 School 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 :

  • SP-SPEXS Sport and Exercise Science
  • SP-SPRCM Sport and Recreation Management (Not Available for 2020)

(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 Science, Exercise Science, Exercise and Health, or equivalent, 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 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;

and

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

Deferrals

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).


Additional rules
Research project

14. 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.