Australian Catholic University

Master of High Performance Sport

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity that provides employment opportunities for a vast range of professions. In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sport, Australian and state institutes of sport and academies of sport, and other sporting organisations, and these opportunities extend to the international market. At the heart of high performance sport is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes.A professional working in this industry needs to know about testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, and the technologies available for monitoring and training the high performance athlete. They will need to understand the relationships between fatigue, adaptation, performance and injury, how to acquire meaningful performance data, and how to work within the culture of a high performance industry.The application of this knowledge and understanding to the planning and delivery of meaningful interventions for athletes to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood (and/or duration) of injury and illness, using appropriate techniques of analysis to accurately interpret competition and training information, and using advanced information literacy skills to communicate ideas and outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences is essential for a professional working in the high performance sport environment.Professionals in this area also need to be equipped with problem solving and self-management skills that promote independent learning and thinking and for pursuing further learning if they are to maintain relevance in an industry that is, by definition, fiercely competitive and constantly evolving.This course is designed to suit a postgraduate clientele that is already in the workforce, as well as graduating students. The course provides flexible learning pathways that can accommodate:professional employment commitments;national and international-based students;full-time or part-time enrolments;exit points with a qualification (Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport; Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport); andspecific career, industry and vocational needs of the individual student.To meet these objectives, the primary design feature is that the majority of the course is delivered in the online mode.A suite of coursework subjects focus on the preparation and performance of high performance athletes, including technological advances for athlete monitoring, strength and conditioning, fatigue, recovery and adaptation, and injury prevention and management.Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary foci built into the curriculum will bring together current and new knowledge from allied health professions within the industry, for example, sports psychology, skill acquisition, nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, sports medicine and rehabilitation, including a specialist seminar series of guest speakers from sports science and related fields.Issues of leadership, culture, and communication in high performance sport setting area addressed, and a foundation of project design and research skills is incorporated into the program with direct application to high performance sporting contexts.To support these subjects, an intensive on-campus component is incorporated as a four day offering during the course. This component offers students hands-on experience with the latest technology in the industry, while providing the added opportunity to network directly with industry specialists and other students in the course.


120 credit points. The Master of High Performance Sport is designed as a program of structured learning that includes relevant professional practice-related learning, independent research and work integrated learning, as well as the opportunity for an industry based internship.


  • High performance sport
  • Sport and exercise science

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:hold a Bachelor degree or higher in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline AND have evidence of relevant industry experience
  • AND submit a supporting professional referee's report regarding suitability for this postgraduate program and/or experience in the industry.OR hold a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline, with a grade point average of at least 4.8 on the ACU 7 point scale
  • AND submit a supporting professional referee's report regarding suitability for this postgraduate program and/or experience in the industry. OR have completed one of the following ACU degrees:Graduate Certificate in High Performance SportGraduate Certificate in Performance AnalysisGraduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership
  • Or Graduate Certificate in Exercise Rehabilitation for Sports Injuries NOTE: Applicants holding a Bachelor degree (or higher) in a related allied health discipline will be considered, dependent upon specific qualifications and evidence of industry experience.NOTE: Applicants having completed ACU's Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport will be eligible for recognition of prior learning of 80 credit points.NOTE: Applicants having completed ACU's Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport, Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis, Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership or Graduate Certificate in Exercise Rehabilitation for Sports Injuries will be eligible for recognition of prior learning of 40 credit points.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Study pathways

The degree is designed with elective options of research training as a pathway to higher degree research, for example, PhD and Masters by research.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

Further information

Examples of the types of work settings the course prepares graduates for: Fitness advisor; Fitness coach; Football or other sport manager; High performance manager; Performance analyst; Professional coach; Rehabilitation coach; Sports science manager; Sports scientist; Strength and conditioning coach; Team manager.

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