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Exercise Physiology

This page was first published on 21 November 2022 and was last amended on 13 December 2022.
View details of the changes below.

Course resolutions

The course resolutions detailed in this page apply to all courses included in the table below under section 1 (course codes). 

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2021 (the 'Coursework Policy'), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2019, the Resolutions of the Faculty, University of Sydney (Student Academic Appeals) Rule 2021, the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Current versions of all policies are available from the Policy Register:

1  Course codes

Code Course title
MAEXPHYS-02 Master of Exercise Physiology

2  Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3  Masters type

The masters degree in these resolutions is a professional masters course, as defined by the Coursework Policy.

4  Admission to candidature

(1) Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on academic merit, according to the following admission criteria.

(2) Admission to candidature for the Master of Exercise Physiology requires the applicant to have:

(a) a bachelor or masters degree in exercise science or a health-related discipline from the University of Sydney, or qualifications deemed by the faculty to be equivalent; and

(b) extensive pre-existing knowledge in:

(i) Human anatomy

(ii) Human or exercise physiology; and

(iii) Research design and statistics; and

(c) evidence of:

(i) Current Exercise Scientist Accreditation (AES) with Exercise and Sport Science Australia; or

(ii) Completion of a bachelor or masters degree accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia at the level of Exercise Science; or

(iii) An approved Graduate Entry Assessment from Exercise and Sport Science Australia.

(3) In exceptional circumstances the relevant delegate may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the Faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

5  Requirements for award

(1) The units of study that may be taken for this course are set out in Table A.

(2) To qualify for the award of the Master of Exercise Physiology a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including:

(a) 60 credit points of core units of study;

(b) 6 credit points of capstone unit of study; and

(c) 6 credit points of elective units of study.

6  Credit for previous study

(1) The Coursework Policy specifies the general conditions for the granting of credit for previous study for this course, except that credit will not be granted for recognised prior learning older than 5 years at the time of first enrolment.

7  Requirements for students undertaking clinical placements

(1) Certificate of competency in CPR Students must provide proof they hold an Australian current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate prior to attending their placement and that it is valid for the duration of the placement. Please refer to our University Placements web site for further information: placement- checks/first-aid.html

(2) Student clearance for clinical placements The NSW Ministry of Health requires that all students obtain clearance in order to undertake clinical placements. This involves a criminal record check. Please refer to the University's placements web site for further information: check.html

(3) Immunisation Students must have evidence of vaccinations and immunisation against certain infectious diseases prior to undertaking clinical placements. The requirements are consistent with Australian public health policy and NHMRC guidelines. Please refer to the University's Placements web site for further information:

(4) Working with Children check Students undertaking 'child-related' placements as part of their course are subject to the requirements of the NSW Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 and the Working with Children Procedures 2014. For further information:

(5) NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act (2002) Students must familiarise themselves with the content of the NSW Health Privacy Management Plan and comply with the NSW Ministry of Health Code of Conduct, NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 and Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act. 1998. Please refer to the University's Placements web site for further information: checks/privacy.html

8  Satisfactory progress

(1) The Faculty will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as set out in the provisions relating to progression in the Coursework Policy), students must pass all clinical Placement units of study, which are critical to progression through the course.

(2) Students must meet all requirements of clinical placement components of any unit of study undertaken. Performance in clinical placements will be monitored in accordance with the requirements specified in the unit of study outline, and any relevant University policy or provision.

(3) Students who have failed two units of study specified in Coursework Policy or twice failed the same unit of study identified in Coursework Policy will result in a student being asked to Show Good Cause as to why they should be allowed to re-enrol in their award course.

(4) Students must complete at least one core unit of study per semester where core units are available for study in the normal progression pattern. Students who fail a core unit of study must repeat the failed unit at the first opportunity.

(5) Students whose conduct or work towards their award is unsatisfactory, may on the recommendation of the highest delegated authority, be refused permission by the Faculty to undertake or continue the clinical education fieldwork/professional experience component of their award. The Faculty reserves the right not to place a student in any clinical placement or other professional experience setting in any instance where the performance, personal or professional conduct of the student does not meet the required standard of the professional organisation, regardless of the fact that the student may be enrolled in the unit of study.

9  International exchange

International exchange is not allowed in this course.

10  Award of the masters degree

The masters degree will be awarded in the pass grade.

11  Transitional provisions

(1) These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2023.

(2) Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January 2023 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement

Post-publication amendments

Date Original publication Post-publication amendment
13/12/2022 The Master of Exercise Physiology has Provisional Accreditation status at the level of Exercise Physiology from Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). The course is under consideration for full accreditation. Full (or provisional) accreditation status must be awarded for graduates of the course to be eligible for accreditation credentialing with ESSA. Accreditation text removed