Master of Exercise Science
Researchers have identified that physical inactivity is a critical risk factor contributing to ill health in Australia and that exercise plays an important role in preventing and rehabilitating diseases of lifestyle. This course is the School of Health Science aims to provide highly trained professional exercise scientists and practitioners to be part of the health team providing exercise services. These services may be in the workplace and sport and for persons with chronic health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, insulin intolerance, diabetes, long-term sports injuries and joint disorders. Acquiring in-depth knowledge and research skills in the exercise sciences will allow graduates to work with clients to improve their health and well being in exercise, sport or rehabilitation contexts.
The Master's Degree in Exercise Science is designed to assist students to meet national accreditation standards required for full membership with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) in the specialist area of exercise physiology. Exercise Physiology services are now officially recognized under Medicare as an allied health service. Patients for whom exercise is important for treatment of chronic health problems as referred by their GP to an ESSA accredited Exercise Physiologist will be able to claim a Medicare rebate.
The philosophical approach of the program at Notre Dame includes a strong commitment to developing best practice in promoting healthy lifestyles through physical activity across the lifespan, in the importance of early intervention in avoiding costly medical treatment and rehabilitating those with chronic yet preventable diseases.
The course comprises the advanced study of exercise physiology, motor control and learning, biomechanics, exercise rehabilitation, counselling and research skills. The study of Ethics in professional life and research is compulsory. The degree incorporates 220 hours of industry practicum.
The studies will span the life course and cover special groups with specific exercise needs. The School of Health Sciences aims to develop professionals with the highest level expertise in exercise sciences and a strong commitment to the promotion of health and well being.
Mode of Study & Assessment
Students may undertake a study as a part-time or full-time student, commencing in the first semester (February) or in the second semester (August) subject to unit availability. The assessment of competency in each unit consists of tutorial performance, research reports and assignments during the semester and a final examination. Practicum performance is graded by the workplace supervisor against required industry competencies. Students taking the research route will submit a dissertation of around 20,000 words that is subject to external examination by leading academics in the field.
Career opportunities for graduates of this course are diverse depending on the focus of practicum and research projects and include the following:
- Exercise physiologist in health or exercise industry.
- Sports exercise physiologist.
- Cardiorespiratory exercise rehabilitation.
- Musculoskeletal exercise rehabilitation.
Eligible applicants will have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science or Human Movement or equivalent.