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1.5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time


The Master of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation is accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), providing the opportunity for registration with ESSA as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

This program follows a ‘research’ or ‘evidence-based’ teaching approach regarding the scope of practice of clinical Exercise physiology. By completing the Master of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation you will be academically prepared to apply for a PhD pathway due to the optional research component that is embedded within this course.

Throughout your studies you will gain experience in clinical placement in hospitals, industry and the broader community.


Sponsorships may be offered for students enrolled into this course based on academic merit and those who meet the following entry requirements:

  • Exercise scientist (full ESSA membership) or eligible for FULL membership of ESSA (exercise scientist) and
  • have completed 140 hours of exercise prescription for apparently healthy clientele.

Sponsorship places are limited and will be awarded at the discretion of the College of Sport & Exercise Science.

Applications for sponsorship will be reviewed for eligibility and students who meet the requirements  will be notified in their offer letter from the Student Connections Department. Students awarded a sponsorship will pay course fees equivalent to a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).

Note:  Fees with CSP are subject to availability.


With a postgraduate qualification in Clinical Exercise Science, you’ll be at the forefront of helping those with chronic conditions or complex care needs. You’ll gain hands-on training that will prepare you to work in specific areas such as women’s health, aged care and occupational health and safety.

Job titles

  • Exercise physiologist

Organisations employing clinical exercise science graduates

Graduates can find work as accredited exercise physiologists in a hospital, community health centre, fitness centre, sporting academy, sports clinic, rehabilitation clinic or in their own private practice.


Exercise physiologists have an average salary of A$51,626 (PayScale).

Employment rates

Employment for life scientists (physiologists) is expected to grow strongly at least until 2018 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Master of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, students will be required to complete 144 credit points (equivalent to 12 units) consisting of:  

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) core units

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) either the minor thesis or research coursework units

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Students select one of the following TWO options:

Thesis option

Full-time students enrol in the following unit for one semester:


Part-time students enrol in the following unit for two semesters:

Research coursework option

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and expertise to the application of exercise in the field of preventive medicine and rehabilitation;  
  2. Interpret and apply specific skills and competencies in the areas of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation, which will assist in gaining accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA);  
  3. Critically analyse, reflect on and implement skills for clinical practice;  
  4. Refine and adapt evaluation skills and tools to self-assess;  
  5. Design and conduct active research.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Successful completion of an ESSA accredited Bachelor/Honours Degree in Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology; OR
    Successful completion of an non-ESSA accredited Bachelor/Honours Degree and have completed all areas of study required for ESSA Exercise Science (full) membership*.

    *Applicants will be required to demonstrate completion of all areas of study required for ESSA Exercise Science membership (full) and have completed 140 hours of exercise prescription for apparently healthy clientele. Please check your exercise science graduate entry eligibility on the ESSA website at

  • Mature: Current ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologists who would like to broaden research knowledge and skills and potentially pursue a research pathway are welcome to apply.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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