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Master of Science (Sport & Exercise)

Master of Science (Sport & Exercise) (MSCN)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
  • Online
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May, Sep

Notes: The Sport and Exercise specialisation is not available to international overseas students. Courses with a mandatory residential school will be held at UniSQ Ipswich.


  • Is your passion to work in Sport, Exercise, Health or Fitness?
  • The Master of Science (Sport and Exercise) is designed for graduate students to expand their knowledge and skills to apply the science of sport and exercise and develop interventions that improve sport performance, health, and fitness, and assist in the prevention of chronic diseases.
  • Alongside professional placements, your studies will cover many aspects of sport and exercise science, including anatomy and physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning, exercise prescription, and programming and delivery.
  • You will have the opportunity to advance your research skills and develop a research thesis through a project in your chosen disciplinary application area.

Further study

Successful completion of the Master of Science may qualify you to apply for PhD entry.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate of the Master of Science (Sport and Exercise) you can expect to find employment in areas such as health and physical activity promotion, as a sports coach, gym manager, recreation officer, personal trainer, sports development officer, or work within sports tourism, community sport and recreation, and promotion of sport performance among athletes.
  • The Master of Science (Sport and Exercise) may also provide a pathway for PhD studies in sport science, elite sport performance, and clinical disciplines.

Entry requirements 

  • 3-year Bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent. 
  • or
  • equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption procedure.

Note: Students wishing to articulate from the Graduate Diploma of Science (Sport and Exercise) must advise the school in writing of their intention to articulate prior to graduation from the Graduate Diploma of Science.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing any placements:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check
  • First aid certificate
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate 
  • Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Evidence Form
  • COVID-19 Infection Control Training Certificate
  • COVID-19 Student Placement Declaration
  • UniSQ Student Declaration.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


UniSQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
Specialisation courses  8
Student selection courses 2
Research courses 4
Total 16

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

All students will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials to gain practical experience, use facilities and specialist equipment, and meet staff and other students.

Note: This Sport and Exercise specialisation includes a practical skill competency component and residential school that is conducted at UniSQ Ipswich.

Practical experience and placements

This specialisation includes an opportunity to undertake professional placements in settings, such as sport and exercise performance, workplace health, sports coaching, health promotion, and in sport and exercise research. Placements are allocated by the UniSQ Placement Office and all students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of practical experience/placements within this degree.

An approved elective course is available for students who do not want to complete a placement in a sport and exercise setting. 

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 13910
Domestic full fee paying AUD 26640

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1, 2 or 3.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 20 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August
Trimester 3, 2024 Monday 2 September Monday 26 August Monday 2 September Friday 6 December 

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2025  Monday 10 February Monday 3 February  Monday 10 February  Friday 9 May
Trimester 2, 2025 Monday 26 May Monday 19 May Monday 26 May  Friday 22 August
Trimester 3, 2025 Monday 8 September Monday 1 September Monday 8 September Friday 5 December 

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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What is a Master of Science (Sport & Exercise) degree?
Sport and exercise science draws on many different disciplines, such as exercise physiology, motor control, rehabilitation, coaching, and an understanding of human growth and development. A Master of Sport Science degree (or equivalent) allows you to explore the relationship between exercise and the human body and gain expertise in developing interventions that improve sport performance, community health, and assist in the prevention of chronic diseases.
How long does a Master of Science (Sport & Exercise) take to complete?

The duration of a Master in Exercise Science degree with vary depending on the learning institute you choose to study with.

At UniSQ the Master of Science (Sport & Exercise) will take you approximately two years to complete. Some students choose to study part time which increases the time it takes to finish the required courses. 

What are the career opportunities for graduates?

Start a career in an industry that’s going from strength to strength and help to alleviate some of society’s biggest health challenges. A masters in sports science can lead to job opportunities in:

  • physical education
  • community sport and recreation
  • corporate health and work safety
  • sports conditioning and sports management
  • training and coaching
  • nutrition
  • health promotion
  • sports psychology
  • working with professional sport teams and elite athletes.  
Why study the Master of Science (Sport & Exercise) at UniSQ?

Study the Master of Science (Sport and Exercise) at UniSQ and have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in settings, such as sport and exercise performance, workplace health, sports coaching, health promotion, and in sport and exercise research.

This Master of Sport Science extends your knowledge in health science, fitness, and sports performance across the lifespan. Develop you research skills and embark on a science career that can contribute to healthier communities and fitter athletes. 

Are flexible study options available?
Yes! At UniSQ, we focus on providing our students with the flexibility to undertake a Master of Science (Sports & Exercise) online or on-campus. Take one subject at a time or take extra subjects when life allows it – the choice is yours! Discover more about the ways to study at UniSQ.