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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

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.

Build on your current expertise and develop a deep understanding of advanced principles within clinical exercise physiology. Everything you learn is grounded in science and the evidence-based techniques you explore allow you to deliver better outcomes for your patients. When you graduate, you will be able to confidently treat a diverse range of chronic conditions, injuries, and disabilities. You will also learn about the effects of acute and chronic exercise on physiological and pathophysiological processes in individuals with injury and disease. Some of the conditions you’ll cover include:

  • musculoskeletal injury and disease
  • cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • cancer
  • mental illness.

Campus Information


The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.


  • March

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa Application outcome
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • Bachelor's degree in a 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, utilizing the ESSA practicum logbook. Please refer to the ESSA webpage for the template and examples

Please refer to 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:

  • 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.
  • Applicants who have previously completed an ESSA accredited undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at another university.  Please refer to the ESSA webpage to view the list of accredited universities.
  • Current or past full member of ESSA. Applicants are required to provide membership evidence with their MCEP application.
  • 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 criterion), will need to complete a Non-ESSA Accredited Graduate Entry Assessment. Please see the 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 logbook with their course application. Please refer to the ESSA webpage for the template and examples
  • 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 Form from the ESSA webpage. 
  • 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.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement, or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check, or another check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.

  • Course Code: 072823J
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  06 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 55500 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
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