Postgraduate study in Clinical Exercise Physiology

What can you study in Clinical Exercise Physiology?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) and Master of Science (MSc) specialising in Clinical Exercise Physiology combines theoretical and practical clinical experience to prepare you for entry into the field of clinical exercise physiology.  

Postgraduate study in clinical exercise physiology concentrates on developing a strong core of theory-based coursework and the development of practical skills in assessment, data analysis, exercise training and exercise prescription. Students complete at least 400 hours of hands-on, immersive clinical training during the PGDipSci and a further 400 hours of training for the MSc. You will have the opportunity to develop skills and learn about:

  • The delivery of exercise rehabilitation services to clinical populations
  • The principles of exercise physiology

Graduates of the MSc are able to sit the American College of Sport Medicine exam to become a registered clinical exercise physiologist. For more information about this international accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educations Programs (CAAHEP) 

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Please note: Clinical Exercise Physiology students need to apply for a Semester One start for both the PGDipSci and MSc (120 and 240 point) programmes as each course is offered in one semester only, and the mandatory Semester One courses EXERSCI 720, 776, 778 are the prerequisites for the Semester Two courses EXERSCI 721, 777, 779 respectively.

Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Exercise Physiology 120-point taught masters

75 points from:

45 points from:

Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Exercise Physiology 240-point taught masters

Year I

90 points from:

30 points from:

700 level courses in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences schedule. We recommend this selection of elective courses: EXERSCI 706, EXERSCI 708, EXERSCI 711MEDSCI 712, MEDSCI 743POPLHLTH 739.

Year II

120 points from:
EXERSCI 775 Seminar in Clinical Exercise Physiology
EXERSCI 778 Clinical Exercise Practicum 3
EXERSCI 779 Clinical Exercise Practicum 4
EXERSCI 792A/B Dissertation

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Clinical Exercise Physiology

90 points from:

30 points from:

700 level courses in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences schedule. We recommend this selection of elective courses: EXERSCI 706EXERSCI 708EXERSCI 711EXERSCI 715MEDSCI 712MEDSCI 743POPLHLTH 739.

Where can postgraduate study in Clinical Exercise Physiology take you?

Clinical exercise physiologists can be found working in hospitals, clinics, fitness centres and sporting bodies, or in private practise.

Jobs related to Clinical Exercise Physiology include:

  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise rehabilitation adviser
  • Injury prevention consultant
  • Occupational health advisor
  • Safety consultant

Key program accreditation outcome measures

Our performance on key program accreditation outcome measures required by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Graduation Rate

The number of graduates successfully completing a PGDip CEP or MSc CEP degree over the past 5-years.

Academic Year Graduates Graduation Rate
2022 20 95%
2021 14 85%
2020 17 100%
2019 26 92%
2018 32 100%

Graduate Satisfaction Rate

The percentage of enrolled students completing the CAAHEP graduate satisfaction survey over the past 5-years along with the percentage of all positive satisfaction returned. Positive satisfaction with the program is defined as having an average score of 3 or better out of 5 for all questions on the survey. Our program average each year is greater than 4 out of 5.

Academic Year Survey Return Rate
Satisfaction Score
2022 75% 100%
2021 50% 100%
2020 100% 100%
2019 100% 100%
2018 100% 100%

Positive Graduate Employment 1-year post-graduation

Note: Positively Employed means having attained employment as a clinical exercise physiologist or in a similar allied health-related field, or as continuing in education at a higher qualification. Prior to 2022, only students graduating with an MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology are included in the calculation.

Academic Year Number of Graduates Positively Employed
2022 20 100%
2021 10 80%
2020 3 100%
2019 10 70%
2018 12 83%

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