Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Deakin University

Program Overview

Deakin’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology has a national reputation for teaching excellence, world-class facilities and graduate employability. This award-winning course creates a simple pathway towards becoming an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, and the 300-plus hours of industry experience you undertake will open the door to exciting opportunities.

Want to study alongside the brightest minds in the field at our purpose-built Deakin Clinical Exercise Centre?

This course gives you all the tools you need to become a successful clinical exercise physiologist. You’ll study in world-class facilities, learn from brilliant teachers who are leaders in the field, benefit from extensive practical experience and grow your professional network through our long list of industry partners. If you love the feeling of helping people manage or overcome chronic conditions through exercise, we can help you channel that passion into a long-lasting career. Equally, if you want to enhance your skills in a high-performing, nurturing environment, this is the course for you.



  Course Duration

18 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 39,200


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students must attain 12 credit points. All units are equal to 1 credit point completed over three trimesters (minimum 18 months) of full-time study and/or part-time equivalent undertaken in campus mode of study. All units are core units (these are compulsory). There are no elective units.

Students cannot complete the course in less than 18 months.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity and HSE070 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Core units

Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)
  • Mental Health and Exercise Behaviour
  • Exercise Physiology for Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • Exercise Physiology for Musculoskeletal Injury and Disease
  • Pre Clinical Practice 1

Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Exercise Physiology for Neurological and Neuromuscular Disease
  • Exercise Physiology for Metabolic Disease
  • Pre Clinical Practice 2
  • Clinical Practicum 1
  • Year 1 - Trimester 3
  • Clinical Practicum 2

Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Exercise Physiology Across the Lifespan
  • Clinical Practicum 3
  • Research in Clinical Exercise Physiology

The minimum entry requirements to this course are:

  • Bachelor degree in relevant area with eligibility for Exercise Scientist accreditation from Exercise and Sports Science Australia and
  • completion of 140 hours of exercise assessment, prescription and delivery for apparently healthy clientele, utilising the ESSA practicum logbook. 

Please refer below for more information on entry requirements into this course.

Students are advised to aim for at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65% or greater; however achieving 65% or greater WAM does not provide guaranteed entry into the course.

To satisfy the entry requirements for the course, applicants will need to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Graduates of the H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University after 2010. This course is accredited at the Exercise Science level by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and is designed to provide direct entry into the MCEP course.
  2. Applicants who have previously completed an ESSA accredited undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at another university.  Please refer to ESSA webpage to view the list of accredited universities.
  3. Current or past full member of ESSA. Applicants are required to provide membership evidence with their MCEP application.
  4. Graduates of undergraduate degrees other than those above, who can demonstrate that they have covered all or most of the elements required for accreditation at the Exercise Science level of ESSA (most undergraduate degrees in Exercise and Sports Science will cover this criteria), will need to complete a Non-ESSA Accredited Graduate Entry Assessment. Please see instructions below (*).

For all four categories above, applicants must complete and submit the below with their applications:

completed 140 hours of exercise assessment, prescription and delivery for apparently healthy clientele, as this is required for Accredited Exercise Physiology (AEP) registration and is not provided within the MCEP course.

Applicants submit:

  • their log book with their course application.
  • a cover letter (350 words max) explaining your motivation to study the course, your work or life experiences and personal qualities that will contribute positively to your study and your future career as an Exercise Physiologist. Applicants are encouraged to include a CV/resume with the cover letter
  • a current Exercise Scientist Accreditation (AES) with ESSA.

(*) For applicants who have not graduated from an accredited ESSA course, there is a requirement to complete the Non-ESSA Accredited Graduate Entry Assessment as follows:

  • Complete the Non-ESSA Accredited Graduate Entry Assessment Application
  • Mail the application form and all relevant documents to ESSA (it must be hard copies), and upload a copy of the application form with your MCEP application.
  • ESSA may take 45 days to review applications. During this time, ESSA assessors may contact applicants for more information.
  • Upon successful completion of the assessment, ESSA will send the applicant a letter confirming the outcome of their application. Please provide a copy of this confirmation letter to Deakin by uploading the document into the applicant portal. This letter is required as part of the MCEP admission application documents.

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
$39,200 for 1 yr full-time AUD

Individuals with chronic conditions can now have treatments from an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) covered by Medicare and many private health insurers. This has increased the career opportunities for those with an AEP-recognised qualification, and puts graduates of this course in a strong position for career progression.

Your practical experience, technical knowledge and problem-solving skills will allow you to thrive in a variety of settings including:

  • hospital and clinic rehabilitation
  • occupational, community and sports rehabilitation
  • private practice
  • case management through compensable schemes such as Medicare, Worksafe and the TAC.

When you are on clinical placement, it’s always a good idea to put your best foot forward. Some of these placements lead directly to future employment.

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