Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program looks at how exercise is used as a preventative, prescriptive and rehabilitative process for complex and chronic disease, work-related injuries and to promote good health. It will develop knowledge and skills in: anatomy; physiology; biomechanics; motor control and learning, and psychology. As an exercise physiologist, students will understand what's involved in: exercise testing and prescription; movement analysis; sport performance; mental well-being. This specialisation will provide professional training, skills, competencies and clinical practicum hours needed for accreditation by the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Course Fee:

Australian: $10,689
International: $33,072

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have completed a bachelor degree that is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science (ESSA) or equivalent with GPA of 4.6; or ESSA Graduate assessment, and a non-ESSA accredited bachelor degree with a grade point average of at least 4.6; or attained Exercise Science accreditation and a non-ESSA accredited bachelor degree with a grade point average of at least 4.6; current CPR certificate; and supporting professional referee's report. Students are required to undertake a criminal record check prior to the commencement of professional practice experience. Victorian students are also required to undertake a Working with Children check.


120 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

Exercise physiology

Study Pathways:

Graduates who complete the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, may be eligible to enter a PhD program at ACU. Opportunities may also exist to undertake clinical research.

Further information:

From 2014-2018, any graduate of the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology degree at the Strathfield or Melbourne campus can apply to become an accredited Exercise Physiologist. They are eligible to apply for a provider number through Medicare, Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs, state-based Workcover, Comcare and private health insurers, such as Medibank Private, GMF Health, MBF, HBF, Grand United, NIB, CBHS, Teachers Health Fund, Australian Unity, HCF, AHM and Reserve Bank Health.


Students are eligible to become an accredited Exercise Physiologist through Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Exercise Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 1.5 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 1.5 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 3 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Full time 1.5 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Part time 3 years

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We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

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We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

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You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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