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Why study a Master of Exercise Physiology?

16 September 2021
5 reasons to study postgraduate exercise physiology

Want to make a real difference in people's lives? Read on to learn more about why Exercise Physiology is one of the most immediate and important practices in healthcare, and how you can become an accredited EP in just 1.5 years.

1. You can really help improve people's health and wellbeing

As an exercise physiologist, you can make a real difference by working closely with patients to improve their fitness levels and prevent future health issues.

You'll work with people from all walks of life, setting health goals and designing long-term exercise plans that address pre-existing medical conditions and lead to sustained wellbeing.

The Master of Exercise Physiology prepares students to work with patients living with cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, neurological disease, musculoskeletal disease, obesity, cancer and depression and other mental health conditions.

2. Become an accreditated professional in less than 2 years

The Master of Exercise Physiology is an accelerated degree: you can complete it in just 1.5 years (full-time study).

Which means you'll qualify for accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) upon graduation.

Becoming an accredited Exercise Physiologist opens up many professional opportunities - you'll be eligible to provide services under Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs, WorkCover and private health insurance funds.

3. Learn from leaders in the field

You will learn from leading accredited exercise physiologists and exercise and health specialists, many still practice professionally or are developing essential research for the future of health. 

Not only will you have access to some of the brightest minds in health but you'll have the opportunity to work with them through research, community engagement and clinical experience.

4. Graduate "job-ready"

We've scrapped the traditional unit by unit approach to focus your learning around practical, real-world experiences.

You'll have access to the Charles Perkins Center and the new Susan Wakil Health Building (pictured above) with state-of-the-art simulation clinics.

With experience in mind, the course was shaped around the ESSA professional standards to ensure our students are job-ready by the time they graduate.

5. Education shaped by industry

With the industry moving to a holistic approach to health, we have shaped the course with the same principles.

All units in the course are complimentary of each other - with many crossing over, sharing learning and assessments - and all designed to enhance professional placements. 

In your second year, you'll get to chose where your education takes you in the elective unit: from community engagement, research projects, clinical experience or opportunities abroad.

Annabel Bergman

Exercise physiology graduate
"It was an easy choice knowing the course was centred around a hands-on approach to exercise and using exercise to support the treatment of chronic conditions."
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